Truck Mounted Cranes for Sale – Bigmax TC-100

Hydraulic Truck Cranes for Sale – Immediate Delivery to USA or Canada

The TC100 is the smallest of the BIGMAX TC series cranes that is manufactured by one of the leading truck crane companies, Technocrane, Inc.

The crane has proportional controls for all functions including slewing, lifting and extension. There is an extra fourth control function for a hydraulic outrigger stabilizer or winch.

One of the best features of the TC-100 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 center line of rotation, retracts to only 3.9 ft. and can lift 1,760 lbs at this point. This makes it possible to mount the crane in the doorway of a van and swing a load through the doorway.

Bigmax TC-100 Crane Mounted Inside Van

Bigmax TC-100 Crane Mounted Inside Van

With the boom in a horizontal position, the TC-100 will also lift in an overhead space of only 5.5 feet above the deck surface.

These hydraulic truck mounted cranes have been an excellent choice for vans, aviaries, in tight mining spaces and for light delivery vehicles.  The Bigmax TC-100 can be installed on a vehicle as small as a 1/2 ton truck.

For more information about the selection of in-stock cranes for sale in USA or Canada, call 1-877-531-8644, Ext. 1.


Truck Mounted Cranes for Sale

BIGMAX Telescopic Cranes: Compact and Rugged – Truck Mounted Cranes for Sale in USA and Canada

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, 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 truck 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. Optional hydraulic outrigger stabilizers can also be equipped with all the truck cranes.

BIGMAX cranes are also covered by an industry-leading two year warranty.

For more information about these small but rugged truck cranes and outriggers, please call 1-877-531-8644, Ext. 1


Affordable Wireless Controls for BIGMAX Articulated Cranes

Technocrane Inc., one of Canada’s major crane companies, now offers a reliable, versatile and affordable wireless remote control system suitable for small mono-boom and articulated cranes with low volume hydraulic systems.  New BIGMAX cranes from Technocrane’s stock can now be shipped with wireless controls. In addition, BIGMAX cranes currently in service with manual controls can now be economically retrofitted with wireless controls.

Wireless (radio) controls have been well accepted over the last 20 years on most large articulated cranes. However, most of the smaller mono-boom cranes (ie. less than 4 t/m) have been manually operated using the hydraulic control valve on the crane.

Wireless controls have been slow to be accepted for smaller cranes for several reasons:

While inconvenient, an operator of a small crane can manage without remote controls. Small cranes have a shorter boom and therefore the load hook is usually less than 15 feet from the operator on the ground.

Reliable FAC approved radio controls have been too costly to justify. In the past, adding wireless controls to a small crane meant increasing its cost by 50%. Whereas, low cost controls, of garage door opener quality, for example, were not a reliable and safe option.

The few cranes that required radio controls had to be purchased with the equipment already installed at the factory with lead times of 90 to 120 days from Europe.  Radio controls could not be easily retrofitted to cranes in stock.

Technocrane offers Hectronic wireless controls on all of their BIGMAX cranes for sale. Todd Slobogean, CEO of Technocrane says, “Hectronic has improved the design of their controls. Reliability is excellent and we are now able to offer them for a  reasonable price.

Also, we have modularized the design of BIGMAX cranes to allow us to add radio controls at our warehouse, rather than at the factory. This saves time and money which we can pass on to our customers.”

Wireless Radio Controls for Bigmax Cranes

Remote Radio Control for all Bigmax Cranes

Wireless controls are available with 3 or 4 functions as direct replacements for the original control valve. The Hetronic hand held transmitter is available with 4 functions with or without additional PMW toggle switches for other non crane functions.

The electronic control valve is sectional and proportional. It includes man-sized emergency, manual over-ride levers to allow the crane to be operated manually in the event of an electrical problem, or if the transmitter is lost or broken. The wiring harness, which uses DIN connectors, is weather proofed for outdoor use.

Ann Svendsen, VP Marketing says, “We are geared up and ready to sell BIGMAX cranes with radio controls. Our staff can help with selecting and ordering the right crane model and we can often ship from stock within 24 hours – anywhere in North or South America.” For further information  call Technocrane toll free at 1-877-531-8644 or link to the website at


BIGMAX – Not Just a Truck Crane!

BIGMAX cranes are the most compact and versatile cranes for sale in the market today. These cranes, in the lift range of 1800 lbs to 5300 lbs, can be used in many different mobile applications.  The most common use of BIGMAX cranes is as an attachment on various service trucks for use as a:

  • Tire Service Cranes
  • Propane Delivery Cranes
  • Service Body Cranes
  • Welding Truck Cranes
  • Mechanic’s Service Truck Cranes
  • Dock or Marine Cranes

Additionally, BIGMAX cranes can be adapted for use in many different industries.  They can be operated as an electric crane (12VDC) or as a hydraulic crane from a PTO (power take off), making them extremely versatile.

The main advantage of a battery powered crane is ease of installation. Since BIGMAX electric cranes come with their own battery operated power pack, no separate and often costly PTO hydraulic system is required. The advantage of a PTO operated crane is that they provide a longer duty cycle while electric cranes are only suitable for intermittent use.

BIGMAX cranes can also be used as material handling equipment on:

  • Flat Decks and Utility Trailers
  • Warehouse and Loading Docks
Trailer with crane

Trailer with crane

BIGMAX Crane for Dock

BIGMAX Crane for Dock








BIGMAX cranes can also be easily used in a variety of other applications including on:

  • All-Terrain Vehicles and Tracked Vehicles
  • Boats and Marine Docks
BIGMAX Crane on Land Tamer­­®  Vehicle

BIGMAX Crane on Land Tamer® Vehicle

BIGMAX Crane for Boat

BIGMAX Crane for Boat








BIGMAX is a leader among crane companies for their expertise in small cranes. For information about a crane for sale to suit your needs, contact Technocrane at 1-877-531-8644 (ext. 1).


Big Crane Features in a Small Crane

If you are looking for a truck with crane, there are some details about the crane that you should consider before choosing. The term ‘small crane’ has, until recently, meant rudimentary lift equipment – often home-built. The typical small hydraulic crane or hoist consisted of a hydraulic jack mounted under a hinged steel arm with a hook on the end. These cranes were sold by discount auto parts stores for installation on a boom truck. While these cranes were inexpensive, they also were very basic. No power swing, no overload protection, and no outriggers. As a result, these small service truck cranes were often unsafe, clumsy, and difficult to operate, weighed a lot and interfered with cargo space because they did not stow when not in use.

All this began to change in the 1970’s and 80’s when hydraulics were integrated into articulated cranes in Europe. About thirty years ago, a small hydraulic truck crane, often referred to as a small ‘hiab’,  made its appearance. While usually under 3.5tm/25,000 ft.lbs in size, these small ‘hiabs’ incorporated the design, safety and operating features found on a larger, more expensive crane truck.

Today, more sophisticated and rugged small cranes are produced by the major knuckleboom crane companies as well as by several smaller companies.  Technocrane Inc., based in British Columbia Canada, focuses entirely on small cranes for trucks. Of the various small cranes available today, Technocrane’s BIGMAX TC series crane line offers the broadest range of models with the most advanced features available anywhere.

Following are the many features found in the BIGMAX range of electric or hydraulic cranes as well as the larger, more expensive industrial cranes.

-        Hydraulic slewing. This feature gives the operator full control of the load and enables the crane to be rotated safely in both directions under power. This feature eliminates the risk of a crane slewing out of control causing injury to the operator and damaging the load.

-        Hydraulic boom elevation. Unlike most small cranes that have a davit type, fixed boom, BIGMAX cranes have an articulating boom that is raised and lowered by the controlled flow of hydraulic oil in and out of the lift cylinder. The load is raised and lowered using the hydraulic boom function. This feature allows the operator to better control the load.

-        Hydraulic boom extension. This important feature enables the operator to position the load on the deck after it has been lifted. Small truck cranes without this feature still require the operator to manually move the load around on the deck, potentially exposing the operator to the same back injury that could result from lifting the load onto the deck without a crane.

-        Overload protection. This feature is provided by a safety valve on all BIGMAX hydraulic cranes. The valve effectively monitors the load being lifted by the crane.  In contrast, because most small non-hydraulic cranes will lift until they stall, without any reliable load monitoring, they are vulnerable to overloading, lack of load control, structural failure and tipping the carrier chassis.

-        Proportional controls. Proportional controls are included on all BIGMAX cranes give the operator soft-start, smoother and safer control of the load, eliminating the jerky stop/full speed type of control provided by off/on, bang/bang (non-variable) control systems common to many small cranes.

-        Additional control valve. An additional control valve section is included with all TC series BIGMAX cranes to operate the outrigger stabilizers or another additional hydraulic function to maximize the utility of the crane.

We invite you to view our TC 300 which has proven to be a great service body crane. To get more information about all Bigmax cranes for sale, call 1-877-531-8644 toll free.

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.