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Small crane in junkyard

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Old 05-27-2008, 10:56:45 PM
Danny Jensen Danny Jensen is offline
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Default Small crane in junkyard

This is at the local scrap yard. If some one wants it i could help get it. Overall it is in good shape. the motor I think is stuck. It is a flat head 4 cant remember. The scrap yard guy thinks it would be around $1500. it would lift around #8000? If any one wants it let me know.
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Default Re: Small crane in junkyard

I don't know the first thing about cranes; that said:
Silent Hoist & Crane goes back to WWI times, beginning in the seaport HD equipment line...they apparently gradually put out a full line of cranes.
There's a nice thread on, a tow-truck site (3-23-08, "Where Are All Those Silent Cranes?", with a number of very complimentary posts re their durability and reliability as HD towtruck cranes mounted on various Mack, Oshkosh and Sterling carriers..
Silent used an array of engines--Buda, CCptn, Cont, Herc etc) so without a model # it's hard to tell what the 4cyl is ( I have very little on them).
Per the tow411 posts, it sounds like something desireable; depending on how much time/effort you want to put in, posting with a little more desc on sites like tow411, hcea and stripmine might well turn up a close interested party. If it looks like it was truck mounted, as a HD wrecker, there's ATHS and ATCA (I don't know if any of the HD truck mounted units had separate engine for the crane, or if all ran off PTO rigs).
If there's a time problem, I can give you the emails of a couple guys restoring cranes, who could probably advise of any crane collectors clubs, but I hesitate to give out email adds's without permission.
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