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Hot Sticks for Every Challenge

Custom Truck One Source carries a wide range of dielectric tools used to safely repair the electrical grid that our customers are busily maintaining.

These tools are constructed largely out of fiberglass (though some older tools were made of treated wood). It’s lightweight and strong, but most importantly, the material can withstand high-voltage working conditions and is rigorously tested to meet OSHA and ASTM safety standards. The integrity of these sticks, which have an insulating value of 100kV per foot dry, and 75kV per foot wet, keeps lineworkers alive.

That’s also the reason that many of these tools are very long, with some of them extending more than 20 feet. Linemen must observe a minimum approach distance (MAD), or the closest a qualified worker can come within an energized area, otherwise, workers must adhere to additional safety measures.

Here’s a look at some of the different types of dielectric sticks Custom Truck offers for maximum safety and strength:

Universal Hot Sticks

These fixed-length, adjustable, extendable, or sectional tools give linemen that MAD they need to work safely from electrical injury. On at least one end of most of these sticks is a classic spline-pattern head, which can attach to one of the many tools that lineworkers use for line maintenance. Custom Truck carries hot sticks by several manufacturers for sale, as well as sizes for any job, from about four to 50 feet.

Shotgun Sticks

Shotgun sticks extend to a specific length, anywhere from four to 25 feet, and collapse for storage. At the end of the tool is a hook that makes a sound like a shotgun being cocked when it opens and closes. That hook will grasp the eyes crew of a clamp or tool, such as a wire brush, that a lineworker uses to maintain a conductor. These sticks are extremely versatile, and utility professionals use them for several different tasks.

Link Sticks

Utility professionals use several different types of link sticks, which provide a de-energized connection between two areas. Hoist links attach another object to a hoist. The eye-to-eye isolating link stick is intended to be used as an in-line insulator, in conjunction with strap hoists, tensioning equipment, or similar tools. Spiral link sticks, which are often attached at the end of a hot stick during use, are for work areas with tight quarters. Roller link sticks are used to spread and hold conductors apart for mid-span clearances. Strain link sticks work together with blocks and hoists as a supplement to tools like wire tongs and other insulated transmission tools.

Switch Sticks

Switch sticks have a “hook” or “finger” fixed at the end of the fiberglass that is used to open and close switches, pull fuses, and manipulate disconnects from a safe working distance. These run the gamut of sizes, starting at four feet.

Wire-Holding Sticks

Wire-holding sticks directly grip energized lines so that linemen can move the conductors in different positions. The tool’s rotating head, able to be set in a multitude of positions, is controlled by the user with a knob that tightens like a nut. Wire holders typically start at six feet and the longest reach is about 12’.


What Are the Functions of a Railroad Track Ballast?

Did you know that railroads are almost as old as the USA? Railroads first came to prominence in the 1820s. 

A railroad is a highly efficient means of transporting goods overland routes. A single locomotive can tug hundreds of thousands of pounds more than other freight options like semi-trucks, and for cheaper. Part of the brilliant engineering surrounding a railroad is in its tracks, specifically the track ballasts. 

Track ballasts were originally leftover ballast from ships. Then engineers recognized the benefit they provided to the track bed. 

Keep reading for a brief guide on what railroad ballast is, what it does, and why it’s so important. 

How Does a Railroad Work? 

A railroad includes a handful of components: 

  • The rails: the steel lengths that the train rides on 
  • The railroad ties/railroad sleepers: rectangular blocks of wood or concrete to support the rails 
  • The track bed: the place where the track lies 
  • The track ballasts: the rocks that make up the track bed 

While the rails contact the train’s wheels, the ties and track bed redistribute the hundreds of tons of weight. They keep any one of these components from moving out of place. 

A train needs the assurance that the track will retain its shape when passing over. It also needs the assurance that it will be in the same position when it comes back. While regular maintenance is necessary, especially after extreme weather, this engineering ensures tracks produce minimal movement for years.

What Is the Function of a Ballast? 

Ballast is originally a nautical term. It refers to the extra weight that a ship can add or remove to remain stable while out on the water. Without the proper weight–and weight distribution–it’s incredibly hard to keep a ship upright and navigate properly. 

In a similar way, track ballasts keep the train’s track bed structure stable. While the rails and sleepers are vital, neither would function without the ballast’s load distribution. Otherwise, the railway sleepers or railroad ties would come loose, causing the track to become unusable.

Benefits of Using Stone Ballasts 

There’s a reason that the ballast under tracks is always small stones. These stones have good friction and don’t shift much. If they were dirt or pebbles, they would move a lot under all the weight. 

Further, loose stones prevent weed growth on or near the tracks. Enough vegetation on the tracks could risk derailing the train. 

Water cannot pool easily among these stones, too. Instead, it drains out to the edges. Moisture also struggles to erode the supporting soil as long as there is a sufficiently deep track bed. 

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Our railroad, though less prominent these days, is the bedrock of American freight. Its tracks use ingenious track ballasts to sustain the rails and keep them in position for repeated rail journeys. Without a ballast’s load distribution, the entire track bed would fall to pieces after a train went over. 

Be Ready for Ballast Maintenance Season 

Now’s the time when ballast maintenance is well underway and Custom Truck understands the importance of heavy-duty machines that can handle the biggest loads. Contact us today for our inventory of hi-rail units including rotary dump bodies, grapple units, and more.

Why Are Asphalt Roofing Prices Increasing?

Did you know that the average cost for a single roof made of asphalt shingles is between $8,000 and $10,000? Additionally, per square foot, the cost of asphalt shingles ranges from $3.50 to $5.00. The amount of time it takes to install this type of asphalt roofing is on average between one and three days. 

Fortunately, in this article, we’ll review the reasons for the increased price of asphalt roofing and how this is affecting the construction industry. Read on to learn more. 

Why Asphalt Roofing Prices Are Increasing 

There are various reasons why asphalt roofing prices are increasing. One of the reasons is that there is a rising cost of raw materials (for example, oil). When these prices go up, what ends up happening is that the manufacturer prices go up. 

This is especially the case for materials like asphalt, which are primarily made from oil. Anytime there is a rise in the cost of oil, asphalt roofing prices will go up significantly. 

Due to current world events, oil prices have risen significantly. The cost of many raw materials has gone up. This is especially the case for asphalt roofing. 

Another reason that the cost of asphalt roofing has gone up is inflation. Inflation has been impacting many price trends, not only the price of asphalt roofing but also all types of roofing and other items. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has also affected the asphalt roofing industry and the roofing industry generally. When this pandemic occurred, many problems occurred relating to shipping and production. 

As a result, prices have gone up in the asphalt roofing industry and the roofing industry generally. 



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The Impact on the Construction Industry 

The impact on the construction industry is that those who are constructing roofs made of asphalt will have to ask their customers to pay higher prices. This is to make up for the higher prices of asphalt roofing that they must pay when they buy these materials. 

This is something that will occur across the US. However, this isn’t going to occur all at once. Instead, this trend will slowly take over. 

Eventually, it will impact the costs of the services that all construction companies offer when it comes to asphalt roofing. 

Want More Construction Industry News? 

Now that you’ve learned about the increased price of asphalt roofing materials and its impact on the construction industry, you might want to get more construction industry news. In this case, you can get this information from Custom Truck. 

At Custom Truck, we also offer commercial trucks and equipment you can use at your construction site. These include boom trucks, bucket trucks, diggers, service trucks, plus more. 

We also offer trending equipment such as reel stands and pickup trucks. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today. 


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New Emissions Regulations for Heavy Equipment: What You Need to Know

On this date, the Biden administration finalized more stringent emission regulations for heavy-duty vehicles, including buses, delivery vans and trucks, beginning with the model year 2027. This is the first update the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made to its emissions standards since 2001.  

The new rule aims to reduce soot and smog from heavy-duty trucks. It’s 80% tougher than the current regulations as it requires the trucks to cut down nitrogen oxide fuel emissions by about half by 2045.  

Protecting the Environment and Safeguarding Public Health 

According to the agency, the new emission regulations will prevent premature deaths, childhood asthma and hospital admissions among the 72 million people living near truck freight routes in the US. The agency also expects the new regulations to minimize lost days of work and school.  

Buses, large trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles on the roads are far fewer than average household vehicles. Yet, they contribute disproportionately to the total emissions in the transport sector, the largest planet-warming emissions source in the US. Public health and environmental groups are demanding even tougher regulations. They believe the EPA can do more and should fast-track the shift to zero-emissions trucks.  

Spring of 2023, a “Phase 3” of the proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for heavy-duty vehicles from the 2027 model year. Furthermore, in the spring, EPA expects to unveil new proposed emissions standards for light and medium-duty vehicles starting in the model year 2027. 

Mixed Reactions to the New Emission Regulations in the Transport Sector 

In a statement, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) noted these new regulations would negatively impact small businesses and independent drivers as it will be challenging for them to upgrade to newer vehicles compliant with the emission regulations. The association believes EPA has dismissed the concerns of small-scale business truckers, who will face the decision of continuing to use less efficient older trucks or exiting the industry.  

On the other hand, the American Trucking Association (ATA) seems ambivalent. In a statement, ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said that the association is assessing the new standard and how it affects members. Spear says that even though the regulation targets manufacturers, its success or failure is largely a result of fleet sales.  

Since 1988, Spear observed that nitric oxide emissions in the trucking industry have decreased by more than 98%, evidence of its commitment to safeguarding the environment. He concluded that emissions would facilitate this progress only if they’re technologically feasible and promote the use of cost-effective, reliable trucks in fleets.  

The Latest News of Fuel Emissions Regulations 

EPA is optimistic about the benefits of these new emission regulations on the environment and many vulnerable populations. However, reactions within the transport sector vary. For more information on the latest fuel emissions regulations, contact our experts for assistance.  

Refreshing the Gear Used on the Grid

Tools that are used to work on the power grid take an inevitable beating.

No matter how conscientious workers are about their gear, fiberglass and other materials are going to wear down, especially when frequently used in extreme storm conditions.

Our customers see it all, from hurricanes to ice storms, so after getting banged around on a job, their tools will need maintenance to stay safe and effective. Plus, regulations require that dielectric tools are tested at least once a year.

Testing & Repair

Custom Truck One Source repairs and tests dielectric equipment at five locations across the country specialize in tool repair and voltage testing. You can find our full-service shops in Alvarado, Texas, just south of Dallas-Fort Worth; Poulsbo, Washington, near Seattle; Tallahassee, Florida, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and Yuma, Arizona.

Our technicians will repair your dielectric tools to their original integrity, making sure holes are fixed and attachments are repaired. They also ensure that sealant is secure, so moisture does not penetrate the tool’s interior.

We test a dielectric tool’s fiberglass, and rubber goods such as gloves and sleeves, to make sure the items are up to ASTM/ANSI standards. Customers can track their goods remotely through the process, and these products are then certified and stamped accordingly.

Replacement & Changeouts

If your tool or rubber gear is not fixable or has lost its dielectric capabilities, Custom Truck can rent or sell you a replacement.

For contractors looking to have their portfolio of dielectric tools and rubber regularly refreshed, we have a changeout program that will take a customer’s inventory of lineman rubber gloves, sleeves, blankets, mats, and similar items and switch out those with either the customer’s own inventory held in wash/hold at the facility or replace with new if necessary.

Other services our shops offer include:

-Ground and jumper cable building

-Testing and refurbishment of pneumatic, hydraulic, electric and manual tools

-Complete repair of blocks and related items

-Onsite hot stick and ground cable testing service

Visit or Ship

Have questions about specific products or services at a location or want to make an appointment? Reach out to our team directly at one of the below locations. If you’re not able to make it to one of our locations, call the closest one, and we can arrange the services remotely.


Alvarado, Texas

Contact: Tim Thies, Facilities Manager

Poulsbo, Washington

Contact: Josh Navarre, Facilities Manager

Tallahassee, Florida

Contact: Donnie Herrick, Facilities Manager

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Contact: Lucas Wiles, Facilities Manager

Yuma, Arizona

Contact: Joe O’Keefe, Facilities Manager



Extension Arms Strong Enough to Rent

Even though every utility job you land is important, all of them don’t require the purchase of new arms for successful completion.

That’s why Custom Truck One Source has a selection of in-house-made fiberglass arms of the highest quality ready to rent for your crews.

Custom Truck’s heavy-duty extension arms are specifically designed to take some serious punishment, whether from unexpected falls from 20 feet or accidental collisions with a utility pole.

The strong USA-made fiberglass used to make our dielectric hot arms means that some of them can be rented for a year, withstand some punishment during that time, and come back with very little maintenance needed. In most cases, we just need to clean up the returned arms, and they’re ready to go back out into the field.

Short-Term, Long-Term or Last Minute – We Have Hot Arms Ready

Utility professionals have their share of jobs with very little notice. Unexpected storms are great examples. Instead of purchasing a hundred arms to tackle one-time weather damage, it might make more sense for a company’s budget to rent. With a small amount of money invested in rentals, and the ability to return when the job is finished, it can be an ideal situation to maximize productivity and profits.

Rental is also an easy way to get the crews started quickly with a low initial outlay of cash.  The monthly rental charge is easy to assign to your jobs so a long term rental may make more sense for expense tracking and allocation of costs.

Since some of those short-term events are likely to take place during hurricane season, Custom Truck’s Tallahassee location, where our fiberglass arms are assembled, is well situated for storm activity around the Gulf. During Hurricane Ian, CTOS rented hot arms to companies that needed them to help rebuild Florida.

Reconducting jobs are another common scenario where rental would work. Utilizing rental reduces the initial outlay and makes it easy to get your crews working quickly.

If renting was the right decision initially but you would now rather own the extension arms, we can easily make that happen.  Our arms last a long time so even after the most demanding work, you will have plenty of life left in them to make a long-term purchase of the rented arms.

Available Anywhere

Custom Truck realizes that extension arms aren’t only needed in hurricane regions.

Customers can rent, purchase, or rent then purchase at several locations in addition to Tallahassee. These locations include Alvarado, TX; Bluffton, IN; El Monte, CA; Kansas City, MO; Poulsbo, WA and Wilkes-Barre, PA. You can view these locations here. 

We Are One Source for Your Stringing Needs

If you are renting or purchasing conductor supports you can also rent or purchase other tools and supplies for your stringing job from Custom Truck One Source.  We have inventory of blocks, dead end arms, grips, swivels, Y balls and more.  We can help you determine what you need and get it to you quickly.  Call our team at 800-252-0043 to get started.

Additionally, you can always shop remotely from a wide assortment of tools and brands at Custom Truck’s tools website.


Make Linework Tools a Year-End Spend Priority

It’s near the end of the year, which means it’s time to look at your budget and make sure you are well-stocked with all of the linework tools and supplies your crew could need in 2023.

Business for most of us isn’t down, and if you look at North American infrastructure spending trends, it’s better to plan for work to continue to grow if you’re entrenched in the utility industry.

Increasingly inconsistent storm seasons, a rise in transmission work and more stringent vegetation management practices are additional reasons to consider having more on hand than less.

Some of your loftier projections could come to fruition, and Custom Truck One Source’s inventory can handle almost any utility tool request.

This is the time of year to purchase the big-ticket items you might have shied away from earlier in the budget cycle. If you’ve got extra to spend and you can see the need for an upgrade on the horizon, don’t wait for inflation to correct itself, and get those products now.

Custom Truck has refreshed our website’s tooling page, giving you access to our wide range of power tools, such as battery-operated cutters and crimpers from brands like Milwaukee, Burndy, Greenlee and Huskie.

If you’re interested in stocking up on lineman hoists, we have several types of those as well, by Columbus McKinnon, Lincoln and Lug-All.

Availability of rubber goods has been an issue for a long time so why not get ahead of it and purchase now.  We have plenty of inventory to help you get prepared.

Our inventory hasn’t struggled during the supply chain challenges, and Custom Truck has an especially full stock of hotline tools. Not only are we a distributor of major brands, but we make our own as well.

Check out the wide selection in our updated  linework catalog, displaying our line of stringing blocks and dielectric tools.

You can also buy these tools from us in bulk, cutting your costs in the long run with savings on both shipping and the number of deliveries to put away throughout the year.

Call us at 800.252.0043 for special year end pricing on select hoists and rubber goods.

A Quick Guide to Hi-Rail Section Trucks

When it comes to transportation in the United States, there are over 140,000 miles of railway that are laid out. To maintain and traverse the network of tracks fast, railroad workers use hi-rail section trucks to get around.

In the railroad industry, most labor involves keeping railroads functioning in top condition. This requires getting key personnel and equipment from one location to another. Hi-rail section trucks give space and flexibility to bring anything needed for a job to the right place. 

If you’re a part of the railroad industry, then you need to know about hi-rail section trucks. Want to learn more about them? Keep reading to find out what you need to know about these hi-rail section trucks and why they’re so useful. 


Features of Hi-Rail Section Trucks 

Hi-rail trucks are powerful vehicles with a lot of space and strength for the tough railroad jobs within the railroad industry. 

They have a diesel engine and can fit up to six people within a single cab, as well as a gross vehicle weight rating of 56,000 lbs. Hi-rail trucks come with a variety of configurations to fit the jobs they’re called upon. 

A full hi-rail package for trucks can come with a hydraulic crane, 3-section hydraulic boom extension. Cranes and storage compartments on the truck are very useful when difficult jobs require many tools and force larger materials to move. They can help lay down new rail tracks and move supplies.


Types of Hi-Rail Trucks 

There are multiple kinds of trucks that can have a hi-rail configuration, with different uses and functions. Hi-rail pickups are commonly used for simple transportation and track geometry. Hi-rail inspection vehicles are made for railroad workers to inspect tracks for any misalignments, deviations, or mud spots. 

Signal maintainers and material handler hi-rail trucks are for workers who look over signals and crossings, as well as handle salvage and miscellaneous track components. Rotary dumps and welding vehicles are trucks for depositing larger loads and assisting welding crews in maintaining rail lines. 

Hi-rail section trucks can also be customized for railroad jobs that don’t fall within those categories. This can be for things that are specialized jobs that are unique. 


Knowing About Hi-rail Section Trucks 

With our guide on everything related to hi-rail section trucks, you’ll have a greater understanding of why they’re so useful to the railroad industry. The vast network of railroad lines within the country needs to have the best tools available in order to maintain them. 


Are you looking to rent a truck for your next job site? Please contact us today to reserve your hi-rail truck today! 

The Benefits of Knuckle Boom Trucks

A knuckle boom crane is a flexible equipment option that is ideal in tight workspaces due to its ability to lift various items with precision. Since workers can install a knuckle boom crane on a truck bed as well as multiple platforms, it is a versatile choice that workers can utilize at many different job sites. 


What Are Knuckle Boom Trucks? 

A knuckle boom truck is a vehicle that features a knuckle boom or articulating crane in the truck bed, providing a unique technological innovation that changes how workers move materials in various industries. Similar to a straight boom crane, a knuckle boom crane gives the crane operator greater versatility by including a main and outer boom with an articulation joint in between. 

For a visual of how a knuckle boom crane works, hold a finger straight out and then bend the finger at the knuckle. This crane design follows a similar motion, allowing for a wide variety of uses. Having a knuckle mechanism makes it easier for the crane to fold or expand to grab and move loads further away. This capacity to fold and extend is what sets a knuckle boom crane apart from its stiff boom crane counterparts. 


What Is a Knuckle Boom Truck Used For? 

Knuckle boom cranes are ideal for use in the petroleum, marine, mining, forestry, construction and transport industries due to their versatility, compact form factor and ease of use. 

Knuckle boom trucks are ideal for moving heavy cargo and machinery in constricted spaces. Many workers find knuckle boom cranes particularly useful in European countries due to the greater restrictions on truck sizes and narrower roads in those nations. However, the knuckle boom truck is growing in popularity in industries across the world. 

How a particular industry uses a knuckle boom crane will depend on the location of its use. For example, the transport and construction industry will fit a knuckle boom crane onto a truck, whereas the marine industry will mount the crane on a boat. Depending on your industry’s needs, you can even mount a knuckle boom crane onto a dock or a rail car. Regardless of its application, the ability of the knuckle boom crane to fold allows for easy storage and transportation. 


How Much Can a Knuckle Boom Crane Lift? 

While a knuckle boom crane may be smaller in size, this does not mean they are ineffective — some models can lift cargo up to 60 tons and over. Depending on your specific needs, you can also outfit a knuckle boom truck with a winch for more lifting options. 


Benefits of a Knuckle Boom 

In addition to their versatility, knuckle boom cranes offer many advantages, such as: 


Ease of Loading and Unloading 

The knuckle boom crane features an articulating loader that enables the operator to unload or load cargo in spaces with limited vertical clearance. Operators also have the option to mount the crane in the rear to perform functions such as loading or unloading a trailer behind a truck. 


Multiple Install Configurations 

Whether you decide to install it on a truck or railcar, the knuckle boom crane is a versatile piece of equipment and can meet many needs. For example, most knuckle boom trucks mount the crane behind the cab, but it’s also possible to secure the mount further to the rear to ensure even axle weight distribution for heavy-lifting applications. 

Horizontal Lifting 

The knuckle boom crane is ideal for horizontally lifting cargo, which allows operators to use it even in tight spaces without causing damage. Operators can also add a jib to increase lorry loader possibilities. 


No Travel Limitations 

Since you can install the crane on a truck, it can go and fit wherever your vehicle does. Having the unit mounted on your truck also reduces your travel limitations, enabling you to do more with your crane. 



Operators can add several different attachments at the end of the boom to accomplish various goals. Some examples of possible tool changes include buckets, grapple saws, pallet forks, log grabs, and brick and block grabs. 


Greater Payload Capacity 

While a knuckle boom crane is suitable for many different applications, it is still a relatively lightweight piece of equipment. When mounted on a truck, it results in a small reduction of how much cargo the truck can move. 


Tips on How to Choose the Proper Truck for Your Needs 

Investing in a boom truck is a great way to ensure solid returns for years to come. However, not all knuckle booms are equal, and it’s essential to consider the following tips to find the truck that best fits your needs: 


Reaching Capacity 

The first consideration when choosing a knuckle boom truck is its reaching capacity. Determine how far you need the crane to reach and how much weight you need to lift and move. 

The different knuckle boom cranes on the market offer varying amounts of reach, affecting the applications that suit them best. 


Performance Analysis 

Before making any decisions, complete a performance analysis of the crane to ensure it meets your specific needs. Some factors to examine include: 

  • Maneuverability 
  • Crane weight and mounting 
  • Retrofit options 
  • Boom configurations 

You will want to consider your load requirements to ensure you invest in a crane with the capability to handle your heaviest burdens. 



Before buying, it is also wise to establish whether you will require any assistance with the purchase so you can consider your financing options. Some sellers may be able to provide in-house financing solutions — for instance, Custom Truck One Source offers excellent lending terms through Custom Truck Capital. 


Are You Looking to Buy a Knuckle Boom Truck for Your Business? 

If you need a knuckle boom truck now or for future projects, Custom Truck One Source is here to help you find a solution. As a one-stop shop for buying or renting new and used equipment, we’re here to support your operations with the equipment you need to do your best work. To request a quote, contact us today.

Load King Stinger 80-160 Receives 2022 Construction Equipment Magazine’s Top 100 New Products Award

KANSAS CITY, MO / November 29, 2022 – Load King’s Stinger 80-160 Boom Truck is one of the Top 100 New Products of 2022 in “Construction Equipment” magazine.  

 The Stinger 80-160, which is a continuation of Load King’s innovation in boom truck and lift engineering, is the company’s fifth product to be featured in a CE Magazine’s annual list.  

“It’s exciting to see one of our products recognized in the industry yet again this year”, said John Lukow, Senior Vice President, Cranes for Load King. “We’re working hard to build the Load King name and generate awareness of the quality and durability our brand brings to the market.” 

 The Stinger 80-160 boom truck has a maximum lifting capacity of 160,000 pounds at a 10-foot radius. The all-new, six-section, full power, 160-foot main boom features a double-keel formed design that allows for a lighter, stronger boom than the four-plate it replaced. The crane has two single stage extend cylinders that provide for two different operating modes: one focused on stability, and the other on structural capacity, making a better chart throughout.    

The Stinger 80-160 has a bi-fold lattice swing-away jib for a maximum tip height of 228 feet and offsets to 20 and 40 degrees.  The crane can also be configured with a remote control and basket on both main boom and jib.  Operators welcome the new LK-1 control system with Select Speed. This allows the operator to customize the crane controls to suit the situation. 

“I am very pleased to receive this award from Construction Equipment Magazine”, said Fred Ross, CEO of Custom Truck One Source. “We’re proud of the work we’ve done, reviving the Stinger Crane line and seeing our efforts recognized by the industry is great validation of that work.”  

Since 1991, CE Magazine’s Top 100 New Products list has been the longest-running, and most respected award program of its industry. Each year, CE Magazine editors evaluate products that demonstrate innovation, productivity, efficiency, and safety.   

For more information about the Stinger 80-160 and the full line of Load King cranes visit 



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 vital 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: 




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