Grove Allterrain Cranes

Grove allterrain combines  very fast highway speeds of up to 90 km/h with better than excellent off-road capabilities and very powerful lifting performances. All wheel multiple mode steering provides unrivaled job site mobility and the exclusive MEGATRAK suspension system, standard on GMK models, enhances drive-ability and traction both on and off-road applications.

crane operator training

crane operator training – grove cranes

Open Crane Ticket – CO

CO crane operator licence – licence to operate crane of capacity greater than 100t – is often referred to as open crane ticket.

Holder of open crane ticket is entitled to operate any slewing mobile crane of any capacity. That means Hydraulic mobile truck mounted cranes with hydraulic or lattice construction type boom or any type crawler crane. Open crane ticket does not include other types of cranes which have their own classes like tower cranes, gantry cranes etc.

In order to obtain open crane ticket, one doesn’t have to hold any other crane ticket or any HRWL at all. It is recommended to get dogging licence first and do some dogging work, in order to get good knowledge how cranes operate with loads. Regardless if one has open crane ticket or any other lesser class crane licence, as a matter of fact, everybody starts on smaller size crane as a crane operator. Large cranes that fall into open crane ticket category require good skills in operating cranes, so it is common sense to start learning to operate on smaller cranes which are easier to setup, lifting lighter loads and lifting at lesser radius and heights.

There is a real danger lurking upon open crane ticket holder who doesn’t have enough experience in operating large cranes while employed for an employer who does have large crane as the employer might have impression that the open crane ticket holder is capable of operating safely given large crane and in this case the open crane ticket holder does not have the necessary skills and experience to do so. Our open crane ticket licensee might feel that he might lose his job if he admits that he actually  is not capable to operate large crane for which he holds open crane ticket without some training on the actual machine, so he might take on the crane operating task anyway and for reason of lack of knowledge and experience endanger himself and other while operating the crane for which he is licensed as open crane ticket holder.

Employers have the responsibility to provide training for all their employees but it requires a fair bit of time and effort and is a costly exercise to train an open crane ticket licensed person to operate large capacity crane.

open crane ticket CO

Open crane ticket required to operate mobile crane which dismantles tower crane

Cranes of larger capacity, especially slewing mobile cranes, require great deal of knowledge and skills in order to be able to drive them safely on public roads, setup and operate safely, pack up after work is done and transport to another job or back to crane base.

Luffing fly extension and superlifts are some of the additional things that the open crane ticket holder has to be able to tackle with great precision and in timely manner. Those things are not easily done as there is a lot involved and crane operator is required to act as a leader of the whole crew in setup and rigging procedures of large crane.

Setting up superlift, luffing fly or combination of both on a large crane is sometimes a real challenge and open crane ticket holder needs to be able to execute every bit of the task blindfolded, leading his crew and making sure every little task is done in correct order and the safe way, following manufacturer’s instructions and any additional workplace rules and procedures.

There are often other machinery involved in setting up large crane, as a open crane ticket holder in charge of setup one must be able to coordinate delivery of crane parts, coordinating riggers and dogmen, moving the crane boom and winches as required, etc.

In conclusion, open crane ticket is only a licence to become a great crane operator, it doesn’t automatically make you one.


Non slewing mobile crane – CN – Pick & Carry operator training course

Crane Operator Training Course for operating non-slewing mobile crane of capacity greater than 3 tonne is designed to enable participants to learn how to safely use non slewing mobile cranes in all aspects. Non-slewing mobile cranes are referred to as Franna – after the most popular make of this type of non slewing mobile crane.

Participants are trained how to plan the franna operations – work planing,

conduct pre-start check on franna or other non slewing mobile crane,

set up the non slewing mobile crane – Franna – which includes preparing the franna for work – installing the hhok block, setting suspension lockout where applicable, setting the manual extension on non slewing mobile crane – franna crane – , setting the extension fly jib on franna etc. ,

transfer loads using non slewing mobile crane – using franna pick and carry crane,

travel with load using franna non slewing mobile crane,

shut down non slewing mobile crane – shut down the franna crane,

do post operational checkes on non slewing mobile crane,

and secure the non slewing mobile crane – secure the Franna crane after work.

To plan the work which is to be carried out on a non slewing mobile crane that requires CN – non slewing mobile crane license, one must take in consideration ate least, but not limited to: sizes and weights of loads that are to be lifted and carried with franna crane, size of the franna itself, ground stability where non slewing mobile crane or popular Franna crane is about to carry out pick & carry work, all existing and possible new hazards that might influence safe operation of franna crane, communication methods that will be used while conducting work with non slewing mobile crane, any required workplace or local authority permits for operations utilizing non-slewing mobile pick and carry crane, path of movement of non slewing mobile crane both empty and under the load, prevent others entering the path of travel of non slewing mobile crane and more.

Once the work planing for franna has been completed, thorough pre start check is carried out on non slewing mobile crane that is to be used for the task of lifting the load and/or carrying the load with franna.

After the pre start check on non slewing mobile pick & carry crane reveals that there are no defects, the franna is set up for crane operations, following all manufacturer’s specifications and relevant workplace procedures and rules for operating non slewing mobile crane.

Transferring loads with franna crane can be done utilizing winch and hook block, utilizing any of the lugs on the boom of non slewing mobile crane or utilizing the ‘rhino’ hook on the tip of the boom of franna crane. Manual boom extension or fly jib can be mounted in certain situations to enable non slewing mobile crane – franna crane – to carry out the required task, all in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications for utilizing the non slewing mobile crane of particular type, can be the popular Franna crane which is operated by CN class license holder.

As Franna crane doesn’t have stabilizers our outriggers, it is essential to ensure tyre pressures on franna crane are within prescribed manufacturer’s specifications for that particular franna. Lower than prescribed tyre pressure on franna crane can decrease stability and as a result decrease capacity of franna crane greatly, endangering the safe operations of non slewing mobile crane.

Traveling with load using franna crane is delicate operation and needs to be undertaken with great care and in accordance with all manufacturer’s recommendations for non slewing mobile crane, employer’s procedures for that particular franna and any relevant workplace conditions for operating non slewing mobile crane. All movements under load that is carried by franna crane need to be smoth and at adequate speed, as load swing can de-stabilize non slewing mobile crane and cause it to tip over.

Shutting down and securing the non slewing mobile crane or franna crane is very simple procedure that is thoroughly described within manufacturer’s specifications for utilizing non slewing mobile crane. Procedure must be followed and ensured that any additional workplace procedures for operating and shutting down the franna crane are adhered to as well.

No load can be left unattended on franna crane while the crane operator and holder of non slewing mobile crane licence CN is out of operator’s seat.

Franna needs to be left locked, overnight switch in OFF position, boom out of the way, hook at safe height, crane not under any tension, parking brakes applied, left on stable and level ground and any other conditions for leaving non slewing mobile crane unattended or overnight.

If used properly, franna cranes are great help in everyday lifting operations because on the unique capability of pick and carry, articulate under load.

Most popular non slewing mobile cranes are Franna, models 20t and 25t capacity.

There are other non slewing mobile crane models made by Franna with different capacities and different capabilities.

Other than Franna, Linmac has made some successful non slewing mobile – pick and carry – crane models.





Franna Ticket

To operate non-slewing articulated mobile crane with capacity greater than 3 tonne, IN NSW one needs CN Crane Operator Licence – popular called franna ticket or franna license.
It is actually not only Franna – there are other makers of this popular type pick and carry crane.
Beside franna ticket, one also needs relevant driver’s licence – in most cases HR Heavy Rigid, to be allowed to drive it as it is a rubber tyre non slewing mobile crane.
Franna ticket is often regarded as entry level crane ticket. Most crane operators start on Franna, building their way up to larger slewing mobile cranes later in working life as they gain experience operating cranes.

Franna crane operator training course – CN – Licence to operate non-slewing mobile crane

Franna licence

CN – licence to operate non slewing mobile crane training course.

Crane operator training course for CN High Risk Work Licence starts on 18.02.

For all information about course requirements, place availability and course dates/times, please contact us.

CN crane course cost price: $1850

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CN Franna pick and carry crane