Falcon Freight expands crane fleet23 June 2020
Falcon Freight, the haulage arm of Falcon Tower Crane Services, has taken delivery of eight Volvo trucks, three of which with truck mounted cranes, and 27 45ft flat bed trailers.
The vehicles are to be based at their Dunstable depot near Luton and will increase the fleet size to 24 trucks and 39 trailers. The three additional cranes are a Fassi 710R.A.27.2, a Palfinger PK78002 SH D and a Hiab X-Hipro 658 EP-6. These cranes are all 65mt or larger and increase the crane fleet to 12 units.
The Fassi 710R.A.27.2 is complete with a fly jib attachment increasing its reach to 31.9m and a maximum capacity of 3.2t. Without this attachment, the crane has a maximum capacity of 16t.
Following the acquisition of TJ Robins Ltd last year, Falcon Freight have seen a surge of work coming from the crane side of the business as well as from cabin, container and industrial movements, most of which continued throughout the lockdown period in April and May.
A spokesperson for the company said: “It has always been our intention to carry out more services in-house and become less reliant on external haulage, whilst venturing into new markets. It gives us the flexibility to respond quicker to an ever moving environment, whilst ensuring we have everything is place from a compliance perspective. We are FORS Gold and Clocs registered and have depots in Norfolk, Luton and Manchester.”
In addition to the trucks, the company has expanded into the supply of support mats, which sit under mobile cranes to reduce point loads. The company also has over 200t of steel test weights, which is also run from the Luton depot.
“Our RLR and steel mats were manufactured in-house and were initially sourced for erecting our own tower cranes. However, we are seeing an increased demand of all mats and test weights outside our own fleet, which is likely due to the number available and the company’s ability to offer a nationwide service,” said the company’s spokesperson.