The 10 Best Truck Cranes

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in December of 2018. Truck cranes make it easy to lift heavy objects into and out of the bed, without requiring a lot of manual labor or breaking your back. They come in a range of capacities, from 500 to 2,000 pounds, and swivel back and forth for convenient unloading and accurate placement of cargo when loading. We've included standard models, as well as those with integrated winches for additional functionality. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Apex HMC-1000

2. Vestil WTJ-4

3. Dragway Tools LD-E04021

Editor's Notes

October 22, 2020:

To reiterate that safety must come first is especially important with the Gorillabac 3803, which can be purchased with a log splitter. Logging and splitting are dangerous activities and should be done by professionals using the right safety equipment. Still, this multi-purpose crane deserves to be on the list due to its excellent utility and design. The Stark 1/2 Ton Capacity Pickup is a brand new model that is competitively priced compared to other choices on the list and is compact enough to stow away neatly in most trucks, making it an easy addition.

The Prowinch 1000 lbs Davit offers great value when you consider the extras that it comes with compared to almost all the other options. The safety features include the electric winch's wireless operation, which allows you to control your lift without having to stand in the truck where heavy items may be swinging about.

January 03, 2019:

Above all else, truck cranes must be safe to operate. This means they have to be stable when under load, sturdily constructed with high-quality components, and able to be securely mounted either to the vehicle's flat bed or receiver hitch. These properties were first and foremost in our mind when identifying the best models for most needs.

4. MaxxHaul 70238

5. Prowinch 1000 lbs Davit

6. Black Bull BB07583

7. Prohoists PH-2000

8. Stark 1/2 Ton Capacity Pickup

9. HFT 60732

10. Gorillabac 3803

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