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cranes

Cranes have been a very popular subject with Technic.  Most have been mobile cranes of one type or another, with a couple of static cranes as well.  In addition to the cranes shown here, several other Universal Sets offer a crane as one of the possible models.  Two of the Universal Set cranes are shown here, those that I deemed worthy.

Crane have typically been among the largest and most complex of Technic models.  All feature luffing booms of one type or another, and many also telescope.  Virtually all feature cable drums and sheaves.  A few are even attached to trucks which are very functional in their own right.

8421 and 42009 are by far the most complicated wheeled cranes, but on a smaller budget and 8854 is also excellent.  Some of these models are among the very biggest Technic set ever.  42042 is the biggest lattice boom crane.

 

Sets

855/955 Mobile Crane
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8053 Mobile Crane
8053
8054 Motorized Universal Building Set
8054
8067 Mini Mobile Crane
8067
8074 Universal Building Set
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8270 Rough Terrain Crane
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8288 Crawler Crane
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8292 Cherry Picker
8292
8421 Mobile Crane
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 8460/8431/8438 Pneumatic Crane Truck
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8854 Power Crane
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9391 Mini Crane
9391
42009 Mobile Crane Mk II
42009
42031 Cherry Picker
42031
42042 Crawler Crane
42042
 

Feature Comparison

Set
Mobility
Steering
Boom
Slewing
Hoist
Outriggers
Engine
855
4 wheels, 2 axles
No
Rack gear driven luffing and telescoping via crank and ratchet
360 manual on 4x4 turntable Crank driven
Manual at four corners
No
8053
8 wheels, 4 axles 8 wheel rack and pinion
Linear actuator driven and telescoping via crank
360 manual on turntable Crank driven
Manual X shape with deployable feet
No
8054
4 wheels, 2 axles
No
Worm driven luffing via crank
360 gear driven on axle
Motorized
No
No
8067
6 wheels, 3 axles
No
Worm driven luffing via crank, manual telescoping
360 manual on turntable Crank driven
Manual on two sides
No
8074
Stationary
No
Gear driven luffing and jib rotation via cranks and flex system
360 gear driven on turntable Crank driven
No
No
8270
4 wheels, 2 axles
No
Worm driven luffing via crank, manual telescoping 360 manual on axle pin Crank driven
Front and rear manual snap over center
No
8288
Treads
No
Cable driven luffing via ratchet
360 manual on turntable Crank driven via ratchet
No
No
8292
6 wheels, 3 axles Front wheel rack and pinion Motorized articulated basket lift, manual telescoping 360 motor driven on turntable No No
No
8421 8 wheels, 4 axles with differential on 3rd axle
6 wheel rack and pinion
Pneumatic luffing, motorized 3 stage telescoping
360 manual on turntable Motorized
Gear driven at four corners snap over center
V-6 driven by 3rd axle via differential
8460 6 wheels, 3 axles
4 wheel rack and pinion
Pneumatic luffing, gear driven telescoping via crank
360 gear driven on turntable Crank driven via ratchet
Gear driven at four corners snap over center No
8854 4 wheel, 2 axles
Front wheel rack and pinion
Pneumatic luffing, gear driven telescoping via crank
180 gear driven on 4x4 turntable, limited by pneumatics Crank driven via ratchet Gear driven at rear corners snap over center
No
9391
Treads
No
Worm driven luffing via crank, manual telescoping 360 manual on turntable Crank driven No
No
42009
10 wheels, 5 axles
8 wheel rack and pinion Motorized luffing via linear actuators, motorized 3 stage telescoping
360 manual on turntable Motorized
Motorized deploying and telescoping at four corners via linear actuators
V-8 driven by 3rd axle via differential
42031
4 wheels, 2 axles
No
Worm driven luffing via crank 180 manual on turntable No
No
No
42042
Motorized Treads
No
Motorized cable luffing
360 motor driven on turntable Motorized
No
No

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