February 25, 2008
Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. (IMT) has successfully integrated a hydraulic crane and air compressor into the new Dodge Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis, as well as the Sterling Bullet chassis.
"There's a high demand for these new chassis today, and IMT now offers a hydraulic crane and air compressor option," said Tim Worman, product manager of commercial vehicles for IMT, which manufactures mechanics trucks, lube trucks, telescopic cranes, and articulating cranes. "Before, customers who wanted the new Dodge Ram or Sterling Bullet were limited to electric cranes, but because of IMT's innovation and commitment to our customers' needs, hydraulics are now available as an additional option."
IMT has been selling Dominator DSC20 and Dominator I service bodies with electric telescopic cranes mounted on these Class 4 and 5 chassis since their introduction in 2007. Electric cranes are best for customers whose lifting needs are fairly light and whose duty cycles are intermittent. However, customers who need to lift more than 6,000 pounds or who use the crane more than once or twice a day will need a hydraulic telescopic crane.
"The electrical integration with the Dodge Ram and Sterling Bullet chassis did not allow for simple operation of high-idle or remote start/stop," Worman said. "So the engineers at IMT took this challenge and faced it head-on, working with engineers at Dodge to ensure product integrity. Now we can easily integrate engine high-idle operation and remote start/stop for use with the hydraulic cranes and air compressors."