A pictorial history of Sparrows International Crane Hire
A pictorial history of Sparrows International Crane Hire

Demag were very prominent in the market the brothers created a long lasting relationship with the company that would bring some of the largest truck and crawler mounted cranes ever built in to the Sparrow Fleet?

The brothers shared an enthusiasm for Demag and as they produced larger and larger telescopic and lattice boom cranes the company bought many of them, varying from 100-tonnes to 650/800-tonnes capacity, my records show the following cranes and capacities:

  • 1978      HC320       2 x 100-tonne 6axle
  • 1978/9   HC500       160-tonne telescopic
  • 1979      TC1200      2 x 250-tonne Lattice boom
  • 1979      TC4000      650/800-tonne Truck Crane
  • 1982      CC4000      650/800-tonne Crawler
  • 1982      CC2000      300-tonne crawler crane with luffing jib
  • 1982      TC2000      300-tonne truck crane with super lift
  • 1983      CC1000      200-tonne crawler crane
  • 1983      HC510       200-tonne 6 axle truck crane
  • 1984      HC340       3 x 130-tonne telescopic with luffing jibs
                                  and super lift
  • 14 Machines in total with capacities from 100 to 800 tonnes.


The Demag HC500 160 tonne capacity crane leaving Bristol depot.
The Demag TC1200 working at an Offshore supply base at Montrose in Scotland.
Alf and George with Barry Barnes (In raincoat) at the Demag works in Germany for the testing of the new CC4000.
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