We are often asked what exactly is a HIAB Lorry?
A HIAB lorry, also known as a HIAB truck or crane lorry, is a specialized vehicle that is equipped with a hydraulic crane and a truck bed to carry materials. The name “HIAB” actually stands for “Hydrauliska Industri AB,” which is a Swedish company that specializes in the production of hydraulic cranes and equipment, although many other similar manufacturers also exist now, including FASSI, PM and Palfinger.
The crane on a HIAB lorry is mounted to the rear of the truck cab, and it is used to lift and move heavy objects. The crane is operated using either a set of hydraulic controls located at the base of the crane or via a remote control unit around the operators waist. The controls allow the operator to move the crane in various directions, including up and down, side to side, and in and out.
The bed on a HIAB lorry is used to transport goods and materials. The truck bed is typically made of steel or aluminium and is designed to carry heavy loads. The size and capacity of the truck bed can vary depending on the specific model of the HIAB lorry.
HIAB lorries are commonly used in the construction and logistics industries. They are also used in the transportation of goods and materials in ports, airports, and other industrial facilities.
One of the main advantages of using a HIAB lorry is that it can save time and money by reducing the need for additional equipment and manpower. The crane on the HIAB lorry can be used to load and unload goods without the need for a separate crane or forklift. This can reduce the time and labour required to move heavy objects and can also reduce the risk of injury to workers.
Another advantage of using a HIAB lorry is that it can be used in areas with limited access. The compact size of the lorry and the ability to manoeuvre the crane in various directions make it possible to transport and unload goods in tight spaces, such as construction sites or narrow streets.