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Knuckle Boom Crane

Industry leading technology drives the superior performance and efficiency of your HIAB Knuckle Boom Crane. We use cutting edge technology to maximize safety, performance and efficiency. Products are guaranteed to exceed expectations; handling the heaviest jobs, delivering fast loading cycles or carrying out delicate precision work. Smart solutions keep both operator and the working environment safe. All backed up by an unrivaled global service network geared to maximize up-time.

A Knuckle Boom Crane for Every Application

HIAB has the best Knuckle Boom Cranes that come in all shapes and sizes. To find out which HIAB crane best fits your industry application, click on the link below and select your industry.

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HIAB Knuckle Boom Cranes


Light Duty Knuckle Boom Cranes

Lift and move different types of goods or hold items in place as you work on them with Hiab's range of light duty and small knuckle-boom cranes. Choose from stiff boom or smaller knuckle-boom cranes to compliment your existing tools. Versitile and able to fit on most small to medium vehicles.

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Medium Range Knuckle Boom Cranes

Versatility is the name of the game with a variety of setups to choose from to give an optimal crane configuration. Strike a balance between crane and payload space by choosing from different setups including knuckle boom, longer extension and folding.  A Hiab medium duty crane makes light work out of even the most complicated jobs.

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Heavy Range Knuckle Boom Cranes

When your primary business needs a large knuckle boom crane, look no further. Outstanding performance, power and finesse all rolled into versatile and reliable packages. Custom a knuckle-boom, short-boom or long-boom to suit complex manoeuvring, construction jobs, or tricky rescue and salvage operations.

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Super Heavy Knuckleboom Cranes

Industry super heavyweight champion have built in maximum reach and lifting performance, with an incredibly light design for their power. Engineering balance between performance and payload is unrivalled and inhouse package designs add extra stability where others fail. This is Hiab's largest knuckle boom crane.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a knuckle boom crane?

A knuckle boom crane, (also known as an articulating crane), is a category of truck-mounted equipment used for lifting heavy loads. Knuckle boom cranes are designed to be lightweight and highly maneuverable performing work at the boom tip with a wide range of attachments.

What is a knuckle boom loader?

A knuckle boom loader is a separate category of truck-mounted equipment specifically designed for material handling and loading. For example, loading logs into trucks, loading recycling materials, etc. The loaders’ hydraulic arms are used to lift the materials, for example lifting the log from the ground and place them inside the truck, or vice versa and lifting the log from the truck back to the ground. To learn more about HIAB Material Handler loaders, click here.

What is a boom in a crane?

A crane boom is the long arm part of a crane that stretches into the sky. All cranes have a boom. There are many types of crane booms, including: telescopic straight-boom, stiff-boom, and articulating boom knuckle-boom. The construction and length of the crane boom determines the crane’s structural reach and capacity.

Do you need a license to drive a Knuckle Boom?

Yes, OSHA 29 CFR part 1926 requires that all knuckle boom crane operations relating to construction and building in any form must be carried out by NCCCO operator certified operators. 

What are the advantages of a knuckle boom crane?

Utilizing a knuckle boom crane offers numerous advantages. These advantages include an articulated design, fast load cycles, compact size, extended reach and lifting capabilities, versatility and adaptability, ease of transportation, and improved safety compared to traditional cranes.

Features That Optimize Operations


HiConnect Remote Connectivity

HIAB HiConnect™ is a web-based dashboard that displays insights on equipment usage, location, time in operation, idle time, and productivity level. By enabling new insights, it helps you to further increase efficiency, productivity, and safety. HiConnect is the latest technology in terms of connectivity capabilities. Being able to remotely access data is key to maximizing your business with facts instead of assumptions. HiConnect maintains constant contact with all units, giving fleet managers the ability to stop unsafe behavior and usage before an incident happens. With the ability to view service history and plan upcoming services, your fleet has minimum downtime and increases daily efficiencies.


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HIAB Control System Options

Choosing a control system is an important part of purchasing your new HIAB Knuckle Boom Crane. Our industry leading control systems are known for their precision, smooth operations, and ultimate efficiency. They allow simultaneous movements and offer both reliability and ease of use. As a result, our control systems offer increased capacity and the highest level of safety and precision when you need it.

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Customize your Knuckleboom Crane With Crane Attachments

Adding a crane attachment provides flexibility to carry out several types of jobs according to customer demand and opportunities. A HIAB knuckleboom crane becomes a true working tool that can be adapted to work in situations that require different types of tools and that easily fit to different industry uses.

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Industry Challenges



Hiab's industry leading technology provides world class, industry leading safety features that keep operators safe and in control, minimizing risk to individuals or the environment. With the smart technology solutions of HIAB’s loader cranes and MOFFETT truck mounted forklifts, human driven errors and unsafe operations are reduced.


Industry Leading Warranties

Saying you are confident in your product is one thing, warranting it is another. All Hiab Cranes come with a 2-year warranty on the entire product (3-year on a Drywall K-Crane) with the warranty on the structural parts is extended to 5-years. Meaning, Hiab covers repair or replacement of components for 2-3 years on all components and up to 5-years on main structural components. There's no better or more comprehensive warranty in our Industry! Certain normal exceptions, such as replacement of consumables, apply.

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