1979 Ford F700 with Pitman PC1300 digger derrick.
Photo on right shows PC1300 before rebuilding.
During rebuild digger carrier and pole claw were removed.
Digger and pole claw can be attached for use when needed.
Plate on unit shows maximum lifting capacity of 13,000 lbs. Bucket is pin on type and can be removed or attached in a few minutes. The crane has 3 stages.
Main and second stage are steel, third stage is fiberglass. Working height is 42'. Dual controls allow operation from either side.
A valve body for remote control rods was mounted near the base of the boom. Mechanical remote controls consisted of a phenolic type material inside of metal tubes. The operator could move levers near the bucket for manuevering. Remote control rods and levers are shown on top of boom in picture on right. These controls would get stuck and cause the operator grief if near an object. Remote controls were removed for this reason. The PC1300 was bought for near scrap price and needed attention. Getting it back to good operating condition was a learning experience. The PC1300 is very handy for lifting heavy objects, setting trusses, trimming trees, or other jobs requiring an elevated work platform. It also can dig a 14" hole up to 10' deep for pole sheds or fence posts.