END-USER SPOTLIGHT: TRUCK CRANE PROVIDES SECURITY FOR MOVING PROPANE TANKS
Ferrellgas is a propane provider and trusted partner for approximately 1 million customers across the United States. Their service technicians pick up and deliver propane tanks in various sizes to customer locations across a wide geographic area.
Ty Tucker, service technician with Ferrellgas, operates a ser¬vice truck to load and unload propane tanks for residential use.
Tucker needed a reliable, easy-to-use crane to keep his deliv¬eries on track. The crane had to be able to withstand different weather conditions and job sites, while being used multiple times per day to move 500-gallon tanks that weigh 1,500 to 2,000 pounds as well as 1,000-gallon tanks weighing up to 3,000 pounds.
THE VENTURO SOLUTION
Ferrellgas worked with Signature Truck Systems, a worldwide manufacturer of propane delivery trucks and a Venturo dis¬tributor, to mount the Venturo crane on Tucker’s truck.
In addition to the installation, each delivery vehicle built by Signature Truck Systems has a decal signed by the lead technician and a member of the management team after inspection. This ensures each customer not only knows who inspected and approved their truck, but who built it.
The HT40KX crane delivers 16 feet of hydraulic extension and four feet of manual extension with the manual pull out pin.
“I don’t use the extra extension all the time,” Tucker said. “But if I can’t reach a tank or I can’t get the truck close enough, it’s great to know I can get another four feet of reach when necessary.”
Tucker uses the Venturo HT40KX crane an average of four times a day at the plant and at various customer locations.
“I like the Venturo crane and the boom is plenty strong enough for what I need,” Tucker said. “When using the boom, I have to have a lot of faith and trust in it, as it could be a potential disaster if anything went wrong and I have great confidence with it.”