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Load King Stinger boom truck, serviceable by authorized service centers
Load King Expands Service Footprint, Naming Several New Authorized Service Centers

Kansas City, Missouri, April 29, 2020 – Today, Load King, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Custom Truck One Source (Custom Truck), announced its partnership with three additional businesses to be Authorized Service Centers for Load King cranes.  

Load King has partnered with Laguna Crane Services, Empire Crane Co, LLC, and WHECO Corporation to provide service to Load King boom trucks, truck cranes, and Terex legacy products. The Authorized Service Centers will provide maintenance, repair, and parts for Load King products. 

“Load King is happy to partner with these companies to further expand our service footprint.”, said John Lukow, Vice President of Cranes at Load King. “Each one of these companies align with Load King’s commitment to quality and providing the best service possible for our customers.”  

Based in Syracuse, New York, Empire Crane will serve Load King customers within the areas of their Syracuse, Bridgewater, New Jersey, and Holbrook, Massachusetts locations. “My brother Luke and I have been involved with the proceeding product line for over 33 years and look forward to service Load King customers going forward”, said Paul Lonergan, President and Co-Owner of Empire Crane. “Our three locations located throughout the Northeast allow our certified crane technicians to better serve our customers. With parts in stock or on order, our team minimizes downtime so you can get back to work.”  

Laguna Crane Services, based in Aransas Pass, Texas will provide services to Load King customers in south Texas“We are excited about our partnership with Load King”, said Jerry Lopez, Owner of Laguna Crane Services. “Being in the heart of a large crane market here in South Texas, adding this offering to our locations will help us better serve our customers, as well as the needs of the market.” 

With offices in Richland and Auburn, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Santa Fe Springs, California, and Aiken, South Carolina, WHECO will service Load King customers on both the east and west coasts. “We are extremely excited to partner with Load King Cranes”, said Ryan Davis, President of WHECO. “With their exciting new product lines and our 40 plus years of service experience, this partnership is a natural fit and a sure win for the customer.” 

Empire, Laguna, and WHECO will provide service to Load King customers who contact them directly in addition to customers contacting Load King’s call center. For more information about Load King crane products and service, please visit www.loadkingmfg.com. 


For decades Load King has been producing first-class heavy equipment. Cutting-edge innovation and engineering excellence make us the market leader. Load King is a key part of the Custom Truck One Source family of brands, offering standard and custom trailers, vocational equipment, and a full line of boom trucks and truck cranes.  For more information, please visit Load King’s website: www.loadkingmfg.com. 


Terex XTPro 70 with its bucket extended to a full 70 feet of working height
Forestry Bucket Trucks: How Much Do You Know About Working Height?

Bigger is not always better, even if it always feels like you need that extra foot of working height when you go to make that last cut. We will go over some factors we feel you should consider when making your choice. Custom Truck One Source understands that no job is ever the same, and every operator has their own way of getting the job done. We also understand forestry bucket trucks, so our goal is to help you make a well-informed decision to assure you choose the best truck to efficiently, effectively, and safely get the job done.

1. Price

Even though your mind is on trimming or cutting trees, the cost of the truck will ultimately decide if you should purchase, lease, or rent. It will also help determine if you should opt for new or used. As you would expect, with the height comes a higher price tag. A rear mount is also more expensive than a forestry truck. That fact surprises most people. Just remember that you are operating with an additional set of outriggers and additional materials to build that style truck. Along with your initial investment, new equipment for the truck, taxes, daily usage costs, maintenance, and maybe a new crew needs to be considered.

2. Surrounding Trees

How high are the trees you will be working on? Available on NASA’s Earth Observatory you will find a map generated to show the tree canopy height across the United States. Some coastal areas and plain states will rarely see a tree over 60’ tall, so depending on where you work, you could effectively choose an XT56 or XT60 to get the job done.

3. CDL or No CDL?

Do you have a CDL? Recently, finding a CDL driver has gotten just about as hard as finding a good climber. With that coveted 75’ working height comes weight. While there may be ways to cut a corner here, maybe use aluminum instead of steel there, ultimately the safest way to build the XT70 Pro, on either a forestry or rear mount, is on a CDL chassis. Custom Truck One Source offers an under CDL XT60 Pro rear mount that shares the same wheel base and lift orientation as the XT70 Pro rear mount that any licensed driver can drive. The XT56 Pro, currently only available in a forestry package, is also available under CDL.

4. Is Smaller Better?

Will 45’ do the job? The Terex LT40 with a 45’ working height may be all you need. It may be perfect for your second bucket or add to a climbing crew for assistance near power lines. While you may sacrifice some working height, you will gain maneuverability. This could allow you to gain access to locations you never would have reached in a larger truck. These are currently built on either a RAM 5500 or Ford F550, and available in a forestry or flat deck. Do not underestimate what a LT40 bucket can get done.