Small truck cranes are primarily used for the loading and unloading of motor vehicle rolling stock, for cargoes primarily of a heavy and single-item nature and for construction and repair work. They are to be mounted to a truck and used for lifting items that cannot be lifted by people. These cranes are able to typically lift up to 14.5 tons of weight, notes Publiquip.com.
Generally, these cranes are able to travel on highways, cutting out the need for special equipment to transport the crane unless weight or other size restrictions are in place such as local laws that prevent their transport. When working on the job site, the cranes can be extended horizontally from the base and then vertically to level and stabilize the crane while stationary and supporting a load. Many truck cranes have slow-traveling capabilities while suspending an actual load to prevent workplace accidents if the load were to bust.
A small truck crane can be used outside of the workplace such as in the transportation of objects such as firewood bundles or hay bales in residential areas. Smaller cranes with lighter lifting capabilities are available for similar purposes such as use on farms or during an at-home building project.