The Auto Crane Difference

The Auto Crane Difference: A Legacy of Innovation

The Auto Crane Story – The History of an Industry

Auto Crane is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We engineer, design and manufacture a comprehensive line of truck-mounted electric and hydraulic cranes, crane bodies, crane control technologies, and accessories. Our name and products are recognized and used the world over, serving industrial markets such as the energy, mining, construction, forestry, and railroad industries. Auto Crane is an American brand and is still proudly made in the USA.

In 1958, entrepreneurs Claire Simmons and Carl White devised a small crane that literally fit in the trunk of an automobile. That invention solved a problem for oil-field service technicians who previously had to hoist heavy drill bits through back-breaking physical work.

The name Auto Crane was born. So was a whole new industry built on the concept of mobile service to lift and repair heavy equipment in remote areas. Auto Crane quickly became a staple in the oil fields. Eliminating downtime and expense of off-site repairs, heavy components could now be serviced on-site.

Over the decades, Auto Crane continued pioneering service crane innovations, including:

  • The first electric cable crane with new and unprecedented lifting capacities for even bigger equipment.
  • The first fully hydraulic line of service cranes, increasing productivity with fully hydraulic hoists, boom extensions, and power rotation.
  • The first electric-hydraulic service crane, giving operators more versatility.

After 55 years, Auto Crane continues to lead the service crane and mobile service industries through safety-focused innovation and an entrepreneurial drive to solve problems from the North American oil fields to the mines of Mongolia.

Locate an authorized Auto Crane Dealer to discuss your work-truck and service crane needs.

Mechanics trucks and service cranes for multiple industries. As a result, Auto Crane is trusted around the world by people who know what it is to truly depend on mechanics trucks and service cranes for multiple industries under challenging conditions. Our service cranes remain their preferred choice truck after truck. Why Auto Crane? Firstly, because of what we’ve always put first: the people who use and depend on our products every day in every kind of environment. Secondly, we have the Best Trucks, the Most Innovation — Auto Crane has always been the first name in Service Cranes. Thirdly and most importantly, we invented the very first mobile field service crane, launching an entirely new industry — it’s in our DNA to keep pioneering one big idea after another.
In short — first in the field, always thinking ahead, and still leading the way. Nobody does it like Auto Crane.

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