Phelan Haulage has expanded the flexibility of its operations after taking delivery of a DAF XG 530 tractor unit mounted with a HIAB X-HIPRO 858 EP-6 crane from MV Commercial, that its director describes as “an absolute monster”.

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

The majority of its work is 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.

Phelan Haulage Director Peter Phelan says: “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.

This is the first DAF XG unit off MV Commercial’s production line, showcasing the company’s expansion in build offerings with the introduction of the new generation of DAF chassis options.

“The latest lineup of DAF XG crane trucks not only look incredible but also offer remarkable fuel economy, safety, and great driver features. Paired with our diverse range of crane and ancillary fitting options, these trucks are already experiencing significant demand,” says Steven Cairns, Managing Director of MV Commercial.

Phelan says he had no hesitation in returning to MV Commercial to grow his fleet, having contracted several trucks and trailers from the commercial vehicle specialist over the past six years.

Phelan Haulage has diversified its operations over more than 15 years in the industry. As well as an urban rear steer trailer capable of transporting abnormal loads of up to 36 metres, it also has HIAB crane trucks with demountable bodies which can be used as rigid vehicles – catering for small loads or restricted access sites.