Durham’s Phelan Haulage has taken delivery of a DAF XG 530 tractor unit mounted with a Hiab X-Hipro 858 crane from MV commercial, described by its director as “an absolute monster”.

With a four-tonne lifting capacity at a full reach of 16 metres, the new crane truck has allowed the haulier to increase its heavy load operation in the north east of England and Scotland.

Most of its work involves transporting abnormal loads such as telecom poles and moving shipping containers for use at corporate events, as well as for a company that stages escape room interactive games at a variety of sites.

Director Peter Phelan said: “It’s a very impressive bit of kit and the crane is an absolute monster – to safely lift that amount of weight at that reach is exceptional.

“This unit has allowed our business to undertake jobs that require heavier lifts, improving our reputation as a high reach and high load Hiab crane truck specialist.”

The new arrival, which features a spacious DAF XG cab, mirror camera system and three-star DVS rating, joins three other crane trucks in the Phelan Haulage fleet and is expected to clock up around 100,000 km per year.