Mounted on an 8x2 Scania chassis, the vehicle has an eight-stage Fassi F485 48 tonne/metre crane that enables DB Plant to move heavy items as well as providing the long reach for placement and recovery of a range of construction equipment.
The truck’s 24ft hardwood body also incorporates several Charlton features such as pressed steel outriggers and RSC side raves, which combine with recessed lashing rings and container twistlocks to give durability as well as maximum load security for any type of cargo.
A notable safety feature is Charlton’s two-stage webbing arrest system, which runs down each side of the body and prevents falls by the crane operator when working on the vehicle’s deck.
The truck also has a top-access recessed locker on the rear of the deck, for carrying equipment such as lifting chains. Underneath the body, there are two high-capacity aluminium lockers, as well as a storage rack for the four pads for the feet of the extendable stability legs.
Also to the rear nearside is a further horizontal storage rack for a ladder, whilst at the front triangular warning panels can extend outwards each side from the headboard. Completing the line-up are rear-facing spotlamps, LED ‘puddle’ lighting and strategically placed amber flashing strobe lights.
Powered by a 410bhp engine, the 5.9m wheelbase Scania chassis comes with a lifting and steering rear axle. High capacity 385/65R22.5 tyres provide additional load capacity.
“We have worked closely with Charlton to design and build a bodywork package that fully meets all our existing and anticipated requirements,” says Mark Davis, director of DB Plant.
“The result is an unqualified success.”