Picture of  GAP truck with a Penny Hydraulics crane mounted on the back

GAP Hire Solutions buys truck cranes from Penny Hydraulics

Published:  19 January, 2017

Lifting equipment manufacturer Penny Hydraulics has been selected to supply truck cranes to GAP Hire Solutions.

GAP’s transport manager Willie Crawford initially contacted Penny Hydraulics in January 2016 for help specifying mechanical handling equipment for the GAP fleet and was recommended the PH270 hydraulic crane for their 32 tonne trucks.

He said: ‘Initially, we needed seven lorry loader cranes for our delivery vehicle fleet for loading small pieces of plant and road plates on and off the trucks.

‘The PH270 is light and really powerful – it can lift more than 2000kg. It has a long reach too: at full extension it is 4.2 metres long, so this gives us both the reach and power we need.

‘The latest investment we’ve made is actually the largest truck crane within Penny’s range. The PH510 has a maximum working capacity of 3,300kg and will lift up to 1030kg at its full reach is 4.7m, making it a really flexible piece of plant, perfect for all the different types of load handling operations we encounter.’

With eight divisions and more than 130 locations across the UK, GAP employs more than 1,600 people. Established by Gordon Anderson in 1969 in Linwood, Renfrewshire, GAP remains a family-owned business, as is Penny Hydaraulics.

Willie Crawford said: ‘GAP has a strong commitment to fulfilling its responsibilities to the workforce. Family values, such as trust, integrity and honesty are paramount throughout all of GAP’s nationwide operations.’

Jess Penny, general manager of sales and a third-generation Penny family member, said: ‘We believe that family-run businesses have the edge when it comes to quality, service and exclusivity. This recent collaboration has been an excellent opportunity for our like-minded businesses to come together. We look forward to continuing a close working relationship with GAP moving forwards.’

Penny Hydraulics is recognised as a lorry-loader crane specialist which operates in 22 countries worldwide.

The company is an approved converter for vehicle-mounted lifting equipment for manufacturers including Renault, Nissan and Volkswagen. Commercial vehicle body builders from USA to Australia and Hungary to Benelux, also partner Penny Hydraulics to sell lifting applications.

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