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Nov 15, 2019

  • Penny Hydraulics reveals new range of crane conversions for Volkswagen Crafter Dropside
  • Hydraulic crane system extends to 4.5-metres and offers a maximum lifting capacity of 990kg
  • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles technology ensures crane has safety warnings built in as standard
  • Available to lease through Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Financial Services from £493.72 a month*

Milton Keynes, UK – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Integrated Partner Penny Hydraulics has released its latest range of crane conversions, available on the Volkswagen Crafter Dropside. The innovative system can lift up to 990kg making it ideal for a range of jobs.

The fully-integrated compact conversion has the 105kg crane fitted directly onto the Crafter Dropside sub-frame, allowing the vehicle to still offer a payload of over 1,100kg to tackle a range of applications required by utility companies, road and rail management firms and logging operators for example.

The crane boom is extendable to 4.5-metres with a maximum safe lifting capacity of 990kg, plus a rotational angle of up to 330-degrees giving customers the flexibility to move heavy and bulky items with ease.

The Penny Hydraulics PH110 Lifting Solution also features crane controls integrated directly into the Volkswagen Crafter base vehicle. While offering convenience for the user it also adds extra safety benefits for operators. Dashboard safety warnings and audible alerts are all activated through the standard Volkswagen Crafter electrical system without the need for additional lights or buzzers. A range of lifting solutions are also available including hydraulic cranes from 500kg to 3000kg, ultra-lightweight electric ‘SwingLift’ cranes, and hydraulic loading platforms.

As Penny Hydraulics is an Integrated Partner of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ converter recognition programme, the vehicle comes with a full three-year warranty and is also available to lease through Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Financial Services from £493.72 a month*.

Nick Axtell, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Specialist Sales Manager, said: “We are excited this crane conversion is now available to our customers after a great collaboration between our in-house experts and the team at Penny Hydraulics. Crane controls are fully integrated into the Crafter Dropside, ensuring operators are able to carry out their jobs as safely as possible. Duty of care is a number one priority for us and our fleet managers and is all part of our Working With You promise that focuses on supporting our customers so they can do their jobs to the best of their ability.”

Richard Short, Sales Director of Penny Hydraulics, said: “The PH110 has been designed with ease-of-use and safety in mind and we expect interest from a range of industries such as logging, road and rail transport repairs and utilities. The crane technology is the latest on the market and we’re delighted to have completed the conversion alongside Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.”

For more details on Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ award-winning range of products and services, or to find your nearest Van Centre, please visit

*Business users only. EX VAT at 20%. Monthly rental incorporates Penny Hydraulics PH110 Crane at £6,995 + VAT (including installation) and Volkswagen Crafter CR35 Single Cab Dropside ETG LWB 140 PS 2.0 TDI 6sp Manual FWD on a 48 Month, 10,000 mile per annum Contract Hire agreement. £2,962.32 Customer Initial Rental. T&Cs apply. Prices correct at time of publication (November 2019). No ownership. Finance not available from Penny Hydraulics. Speak to a Volkswagen Van Centre to find out more. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Financial Services.



About Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles:
Over 60 years ago, the first Transporter arrived in the UK, creating a blueprint which others would follow: a van which gets the job done efficiently and reliably. Today, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles offers a diverse model range – from the compact Caddy, through the evergreen Transporter and sturdy Crafter panel vans, dropsides and tippers, to the Caravelle passenger carrier, California camper and the Amarok pick-up. The vehicles are as versatile and dependable as Volkswagens have always been, but now they’re more spacious, more comfortable and safer than ever.

Every van also comes backed by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ ‘Working With You’ promise. It’s a commitment to work in partnership with businesses, providing them with the best products and aftersales support, whether they’re buying one or a thousand vans. For more information visit

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