BIGMAX Telescopic Cranes: Compact and Rugged Cranes for Truck Mounting

BIGMAX TC cranes are a family of compact and light weight small truck cranes introduced by crane manufacturer Technocrane Inc. in 2005. While initially sold as a general purpose crane for material handling equipment, a wide variety of applications were soon found for this rugged and versatile line of small hydraulic cranes.

BIGMAX TC cranes are capable of lifting up to 5,000 lbs. with hydraulic extensions to 19.5 feet. They are available in hydraulic (PTO) or 12 V DC electric models and are suitable for mounting on 10 to 18,000 GVW trucks.

Ease of operation and safety are two recognized features of BIGMAX TC cranes. All of the models have proportional controls to ensure safe movement and precise placement of heavy objects. Optional radio/wireless controls means one person can safely lift and deliver/place any large object. BIGMAX cranes are covered by an industry-leading two year warranty.

Here are some of the important details concerning the BIGMAX TC line of small truck cranes.

The TC100 is the smallest of the BIGMAX TC series cranes. The crane has proportional controls for all functions including slewing, lifting and extension. There is an extra fourth control function for a hydraulic outrigger or winch. One of the best features of the TC100 is its compact design. It stows completely in just over 2 square feet of deck area. The boom, which extends to 9.2 ft from the centerline of rotation, retracts to only 3.9 ft. This makes it possible to mount the crane in the doorway of a van and swing a load thru the doorway. With the boom in a horizontal position, the TC100 will also lift in an overhead space of only 5.5 feet above the deck surface.

The BIGMAX TC-160 is a versatile crane with an outstanding lift capacity. The TC160 can lift up 2,850 lbs. @ 3.7 ft from the rotation centerline with a static weight of only 385 lbs. This extraordinary lift to weight ratio is at least partly due to the the TC-160 boom which is fabricated from high tensile fine grained steel with a hexagonal cross-section to maximize strength and minimize weight. Another great feature of the TC-160 is that the mounting base of the crane (which takes up less than 1 sq ft of mounting space), can be placed almost anywhere on the body. This maximizes convenience and safety!  The remote control assembly which is supplied connected but not mounted can then be installed in the best location near the crane base.

The BIGMAX TC-200 crane has 3 optional hydraulic extensions and a heavy duty enclosed oil-bath rotation system. It is highly reliable and is designed for 15 years of normal use. All BIGMAX cranes, including the TC-200, go through rigorous testing. First, several cranes are manufactured for testing purposes. Before going into production, each model is test run, non-stop (24/7) for the equivalent of 15 years under normal operating conditions. If a component fails during this testing period, the component is redesigned and the test starts again. This process is repeated until the 15 year equivalent test cycle is complete without a problem, and only then does the crane go into production. Technocrane is so confident that BIGMAX cranes are reliable, each crane is delivered with a 2 year limited warranty.

The BIGMAX TC-260 crane can be operated by oil flow from a central, usually PTO driven, hydraulic system. This is the same for all BIGMAX TC cranes. For situations where there is no available oil flow or PTO, or, for more intermittent applications, BIGMAX DC Electric power packs are an economical option. Available in both 12 and 24 volt, DC power packs include a hydraulic pump. For safety, ease of installation and operating convenience, an in-cab power switch is included with each DC operated crane. To ensure safe operation, the power switch must be engaged before the crane can be operated.

Are you looking for a good alternative to a conventional corner mount service crane? The BIGMAX TC-300 has proven itself to be a good option for many service body applications. One of the main advantages is that BIGMAX cranes lift by raising and lowering the boom. This requires a single function operation. In contrast, winch equipped cranes require the activation of two functions, boom up-down and winch spooling. This is a more complicated operation to lift the load. For the few lifting operations, such as lifting a load close to the crane and lowering it into a manhole, an optional boom-mounted winch is available for all BIGMAX cranes.

The TC-350 BIGMAX crane has the longest hydraulic boom reach in its class. It can be extended 19’5″ with 4 hydraulic extensions.  Most comparable cranes in this category offer only 3 hydraulic extensions with an outreach of 15.5 feet. The TC-350 has a lifting capacity of 1146 lbs. at the end of the boom. Standard features include a flange mounted counterbalance valve on the main lift cylinder and sequenced boom extensions. Options include a variety of hydraulic stabilizers, a crane base for mounting the crane to the truck chassis and winch.

A standard mounting bolt pattern is one of the features on all BIGMAX telescopic cranes. This feature makes it easy for body builders to plan for the installation of a compact BIGMAX crane. The square bolt pattern also is appreciated by body builders. The square bolt pattern makes it possible to locate the crane base in any one of 4 positions during installation. Body builders or installers can also change the base position later for operator convenience or to easily relocate the slewing stop location.

There are many benefits of choosing a BIGMAX TC crane! For further information visit our website at or call toll free 1-877-531-8644.

Technocrane also produces there own brand of marine cranes and is a distributor of Amco Veba marine cranes.  More information can be found at

BIGMAX Cranes Announces a New Line of Marine Cranes

BIGMAX Cranes, one of the leading truck crane manufacturers in North America, has announced the launch of a new line of marine cranes to be distributed throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America.

BIGMAX telescopic cranes and Amco Veba articulated or knuckleboom marine cranes can now be ordered to assist with cargo handling or on workboats used in various industries from commercial fishing and coastal transportation, to towing and aquaculture.

Todd Slobogean, CEO of the parent company Technocrane Inc., says “The Amco Veba and BIGMAX Marine Cranes have many excellent features not typically found in the under 40 t/m class. These features include:

    • a rugged oil bath rotation system
    • dual rack and pinion slewing
    • standup pedestal controls, and
    • three levels of marinization

In addition, both the BIGMAX and the Amco Veba marine cranes have heavy duty lift cylinders similar to those used on large excavators. The cylinders have threaded steel cylinder heads, rather than cylinder heads held in place with snap rings.”

The larger Amco Veba articulated cranes have a longer reach, higher lift capacity and the benefit of additional boom articulation. The BIGMAX mono-boom telescopic cranes are smaller and less expensive, while still offering the features that make them suitable for harsh marine weather and exposure to corrosive ocean conditions.

Cranes have been supplied to the marine industry by Technocrane since 1990. Their customers include:

Amco Veba Marine Cranes

Amco Veba Marine Cranes

  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Dept of Fisheries and Oceans
  • Military Patrol
  • Commercial vessels
  • Aquaculture Vessels
  • Tugboats
  • Fishing Fleets
  • Crab Boats
  • Marine Docks
  • Fire and Emergency Response Boats


The new marine cranes are considerably different. Slobogean notes, “Generally using a conventional truck crane for a marine application is not the best solution for several reasons.  The control valve assembly will have to be raised and relocated and the hoses will need to be lengthened because a truck crane is designed to be mounted on a truck frame.

As a marine crane specialist, Mr. Slobogean has also advised that corrosion proofing on regular truck cranes is not sufficient. Standard industrial paint and piston rod chroming that is adequate for truck cranes quickly deteriorates when exposed to a corrosive marine environment. Furthermore, the slewing systems are not robust or powerful enough to rotate the crane mounted on an unstable floating vessel.

The two lines of marine cranes will be a big complement to the already existing line of BIGMAX truck mounted cranes and outrigger/stabilizers.

More detailed information can be found at the new marine crane website or by calling toll free to 1-877-531-8644 Ext. 1.



How do BIGMAX cranes compare with Hiab, Fassi, Palfinger and Maxilift?

As the crane industry matures, many of the large international crane manufacturers are intensifying their focus on heavy duty truck cranes and reducing the number of small cranes in their line-up.  This has allowed several strong new brands of small cranes to emerge and fill this niche in the crane market. Crane companies such as Technocrane Inc. with its proprietary BIGMAX brand of small truck cranes (ie. 3.5 t/m – 25,000 are expanding their product range and steadily increasing their market share in this industry at the expense of the larger manufacturers who are falling behind in many areas.

Hiab, for example, is the largest of crane manufacturers in the world and is well known for their mid to large size boom crane including wall board and other specialty cranes. Focusing on the larger and specialized segment of the market, Hiab has reduced its range of small cranes to only 4 models in Canada. Palfinger, an Austrian manufacturer, now produces only 3 small PC series crane models.  Palfinger’s priority seems to be the upper end of its size range of cranes – a strategy that allows them to compete with Hiab for global dominance in the large crane market.  Gru Fassi SpA, is following the lead of Hiab and Palfinger, competing for the medium to heavy duty articulated or knuckle boom crane. While Fassi has made no significant changes to their compact Micro Series cranes for some time, they are continuing to improve and expand their heavy duty crane range and now manufacture a total of 5 models with a lift moment of over 90t/m.

Technocrane Inc., on the other hand, has developed the small crane market in the United States and Canada and is today one of Canada’s primary distributors of small truck mounted cranes.  Established in 1990, the company initially was the exclusive distributor of Maxilift cranes. For more than a decade, the company sold Maxilift and other brands of small cranes. They got to know the qualities as well as the deficiencies of Maxilift and other small cranes .

Using this knowledge, the company developed its own brand of BIGMAX small truck mounted cranes. Today, the BIGMAX brand of hydraulic truck cranes includes more than 20 models of smaller cranes. The company specializes in bringing small cranes to market, providing superior service for buyers of small, compact cranes for use on boom trucks.

BIGMAX small truck cranes have many design features and advantages compared with other cranes manufactured by the ‘big five’ crane companies.  For example, BIGMAX TC Series telescopic cranes have the longest hydraulic reach. The small Hiab cranes, including the Hiab 033T, has a maximum of 3 hydraulic extensions reaching only 15.7 ft. horizontally.  Similarly Fassi Micro Series cranes reach a maximum of 15.4 ft hydraulically, also with only 3 hydraulic extensions. By comparison, the BIGMAX TC350 has 4 hydraulic extensions with a side reach of 19’5”, or 24% greater.

BIGMAX TC cranes also have a more robust rotation system. The main deficiency of Maxi-lift cranes, for example, is the vulnerable and poorly protected rotation system, most profound in the 160 and smaller sizes. Instead of being enclosed and protected from the elements, the slewing gear mechanism on Maxi-lift cranes is shielded by a fragile plastic cover that can break in transit from the manufacturer in Europe.

While the slewing gears in the larger Maxi-lift models (ie. 200 and up) are somewhat more protected inside a fabricated enclosure with a rubber cover, this design allows the outside of the rubber hat to lift at road speeds creating an opening through which sand, salt and other road debris can enter and cause the slewing system to fail prematurely. The same design, perhaps because of its low cost, is still used by Maxilift in today’s production.

To avoid such issues all BIGMAX cranes are built with steel slewing gear enclosures – fabricated steel in the case of the TC100, and cast steel in all other models with the gears running in an oil bath. This design is proving to be much more reliable and enables Technocrane to offer a 2 year warranty on all their BIGMAX cranes for sale.

Call 1-877-531-8644 for more information about this leader in the small truck crane market.