F990RA super subframe design

FASSI dealer & certified installer Mac’s Trucks have designed a new subframe to enable the F990RA to be installed to a 4-axle chassis without compromising stability or payload.

Macs Trucks have installed the FASSI F990RA.2.28 to a 32 tonne Volvo FMX 4-axle chassis as a complete vehicle build, ready to go to work.

Macs Technical Director, Andy Hall, explains: “engineering the build for the F990RA onto this Volvo was particularly tricky because the crane has a compact leg spread of 8.5m. I had to design an entirely new subframe for it to handle the stresses without compromising stability or payload”.

The customer, RJC Lowloaders, has developed a reputation for specialising in difficult access or restricted site locations, particularly with their contracts for Network Rail & London Underground. The compact leg spread coupled with the FSC Stability Control system makes the FASSI F990RA very well suited to the application. With the FSC-SII stability system matched with HS supplementary outriggers, the crane can work up to rated capacity with the outriggers extended by only 25%, safely controlled by the tilt sensor. The addition of front mounted stabilisers allowing 90% lifting capacity over the cab completes this versatile complete vehicle solution.

The compact dimensions of the F990RA combined with Macs Trucks extending bed means that not only has no load length capability been lost (compared with the standard flatbed 8-wheeler) but additional capacity is achieved.

The F990RA.2.28 has eight extensions for a reach of 19.85m where it will lift 3,255Kg. The L426 flyjib has also been supplied extending this reach to 31.7m & 770Kg. Close in the crane will lift an impressive 21,500Kg.

Photo credit & many thanks go to Ian Shaw.


Mitch Morgan GOLD engineer

The Crane Centre’s Mitch Morgan has achieved the highest possible accolade through the FASSI Training Academy – GOLD certified engineer.

GOLD certified engineers are the master technicians of the FASSI service network. They are experienced practitioners in the diagnosis & repair of the FX500, FX900 & FSC systems.

Being experienced engineers they have qualified for, & attained, ALLMI Thorough Examiner & Load Test accreditation.

Mitch’s achievement coincides with his promotion to service and finishing shop foreman, where he controls the day to day operation and is passing his FASSI knowledge onto the next generation of apprentices.

Congratulations on both counts Mitch.


Steve Weavers 25 years anniversary

Known & respected across the industry, with a technical knowledge second to none, Steve Weavers celebrates 25 years’ service with FASSI UK this month.

Truck loader cranes were relatively simple machines back in 1997 & Steve has witnessed many legislative & technological changes since then. From the introduction of electronic load moment limiting devices in the 90’s, stability control systems in 2009, through to more recent challenges such as Tier One contractors site entry requirements, Steve has guided FASSI through it all.

Fast forward to 2022 & working with our dealers & service partners, Steve is at the centre of a constantly evolving network of 67 engineers, with the Training Academy spreading his knowledge & expertise to our graduates right across the country.

He is a key part of the success of our brand in the UK & on behalf of everyone at FASSI, thank you for the last 25 years.

A new FASSI for Elliotts of Cheltenham

Gloucestershire based Elliotts of Cheltenham specialises in the supply of aggregates, skip and plant hire to the construction industry and the public. They have been supplying their services to the area for over 100 years and have recently taken delivery of this FASSI F65B.0.21.
The FASSI crane was supplied by main dealer Avon Cranes and fit onto the customer-supplied DAF LF 12t chassis. From the light-duty range, the FASSI combines reduced weight, compactness and limited dimensions, but without foregoing all those factors typical of FASSI quality, both in the structure and the detail.
The perfect addition to the Elliotts Aggregates portfolio.

Double BRONZE at Kearns & Murtagh

Marc Mcnally & John O’Callaghan have both achieved their BRONZE accreditation through the FASSI Engineer Training Academy.

Marc and John served as apprentice HGV mechanics at Kearns and Murtagh, attending day release college, gaining level three NVQ’s. Under the mentorship of veteran FASSI engineer Fintan McAteer, Marc and John began carrying out repairs and servicing on the FASSI products before enrolment in the Academy.

A BRONZE engineer is ‘fluent’ in FASSI having demonstrated mastery of the core skills necessary for looking after FASSI cranes including – crane service; using the service laptop to view black box data & update firmware; functional understanding of the FX500, FX900, FSC & MOL systems; liaison with the FASSI UK service helpdesk team (as required); crane operation / ALLMI operator license holder.

Well done Marc & John. We look forward to your SILVER awards in the very near future.

Kearns & Murtagh are FASSI UK’s longest serving Main Dealer covering Northern Ireland since the early 1990’s.

FASSI Classic Speed Championship finale

The final round of the Bugatti Owners Club FASSI Classic Speed Championship took place at Prescott Speed Hill Climb on Saturday 1st October.

Predictions for the weather thankfully turned out to be very wrong as the day dawned bright, sunny and warm following the previous afternoon’s heavy rain. This made the first practice run of the day very tricky and not representative of the following attempts.

The paddock was saddened to hear of the passing of Charles Boulton early in the preceding week. A lovely chap, Charles was a keen supporter & local driver within the series since its inception. He will be much missed by all his friends and competitors from over the years. There was a moving tribute to Charles with floral tributes laid in the paddock space that should have contained driver, MGB V8 and of course, awning! A minutes silence and speech by the event commentator followed by a round of applause completed an emotional middle of the day.

​The FASSI championship overall ‘King of the Hill’ could be won by Steve Akers (Lotus Elan) or Ben Cross (MG Midget). Proving how close the year has been between these two drivers, they took it to the very final run by Ben before an outcome could be reached. This went in favour of Steve – well done on a fantastic season from all of us!

​The Saloon car class had a massive 17 car entry. Handicap winner on the day was Ian Stringer in his very pretty Alfa Coupe with a time well under his PB with the car. Second was John Louch in the A40 with Matt Clarke a close third in the flying Mk1 Mini. FASSI series sponsors Leigh & David were back in the tiny Fiat 695 Abarth along with John Barber and Peter Hall in their slightly larger versions. Fastest overall in Saloons on the day was Matt Clarke taking the Classic Hillclimb.com scratch award. Saloon car FASSI championship awards for the season went to Martin Saunders, first place in his Escort RS2000 Mk1, second was Dave Parr in the Ford Anglia from third place Brian Ashley in the Austin A40.

The Sportscars class may have contained the battle for 2022 overall honours but the handicap winner on the day was Ian Stainburn in his Reliant Scimitar coupe. Second was Tim Cross , ironically taking precious points off of son Ben who ended in third! Fastest time in the class on the day was the returning Steve Phennah in his LHD MGB Roadster. FASSI Championship class honours for the season went to Ben Cross in first, from Charles Boulton (MGB V8) – Charles having had a fantastic season in the big MGB V8. Third in class was Tim Cross making it a great season for the family in their immaculate MG Midget. The season scratch times award also went to Ben as a small compensation for the overall title slipping away.

The Racing and Sports Racing car class was thinly supported with only two runners this time. Handicap and scratch winner was Martin Jones in his lovely Elva Mk7. Second was Jeremy Rivers-Fletcher in the Triumph Special. Some very sideways antics out of the Pardon hairpin and Ettores gravel trap action proved he was certainly trying! FASSI championship class honours are first place to Christopher Wigdor (Mallock) sadly missing from the final round with a broken axle, Martin Jones in second and Carole Nicholls in third with her Historic FF1600 Nike. Classic Hillclimb.com season scratch award in the class went to Martin Jones.

Overall a great 2022 season with a very respectable sized entry , some very close competition but tinged with sadness at the loss of a great supporter, driver and friend…RIP Charles.

Follow this link for the full & final results table.

Thanks to all the Bugatti Owners Club / Prescott Speed Hill Climb staff, Tim Milvain for the task of handicapping (not easy!) and all the Marshals for their tireless efforts all year.

Thanks to Simon Braithwaite of www.classichillclimb.com for the finale write up & the talented Stuart Wing (@captureyourcarphotography) & Oliver Fessey (@throughtheeyeofoli) for the great photographs. Click here to go to the championship season photo gallery. 

The FASSI drivers managed a respectable championship 5th place (Leigh) & 8th place (Dave) with Dave taking the scratch time honours. A big thanks from Scuderia FASSI to TCM & his team at Middle Barton Garage for a well prepped car & a couple of repairs & tweaks along the way.

#fassifriday September winners

It’s always a tough competition after a short break but we loved this striking image ‘Stranger things’ from D Smith Specialist Transport of their FASSI F820RA lifting changing rooms into place for the new ‘Stranger Things Experience’ in London.

They win 1ST PRIZE of a FASSI x LAS Helmet and bumper merchandise pack consisting of NEW branded FASSI multi-tool; FASSI leather gloves; hoodie; T-Shirt PLUS an EXCLUSIVE Bugatti Owners’ Club FASSI Classic Speed Championship cap and FASSI pen.

In joint 2ND PLACE and winners of a FASSI gilet and bumper merchandise pack are:

‘Grand designs’ by Sam Johnson of David Watson Transport
‘Broken arm’ by Kieran Buller of Smith Heavy Haulage with a FASSI F710RA
‘Principessa_fassi’ by Sam Mason of Trafford Transport with a FASSI F820RA

In joint 3RD PLACE and winners of a bumper merchandise pack are:

‘Oil painting’ by Gar Eifion of Bob Francis with a FASSI F660RA
‘Back lit’ by Michael Williams with an F800RA
‘Go Go gadget’ by Paul Day of Wood Logistics with a FASSI F1150RA
‘Lego bricks’ by Tim Castle of Allen’s Transport with a FASSI F820RA
‘Stephensons Rocket’ by Ashley Lovering of Hughes Specialised Transport with a FASSI F710RA
‘High spirits’ by Newman Haulage with a FASSI F800RA

Alltruck’s Darren Ross BRONZE engineer

Darren Ross of Scotland main dealer Alltruck achieves his BRONZE engineer accreditation

Darren was already a qualified & experienced crane engineer when he joined Alltruck in 2021. Combined with his enthusiasm for the job he quickly progressed through the training academy to BRONZE level.

A BRONZE engineer is ‘fluent’ in FASSI having demonstrated mastery of the core skills necessary for looking after FASSI cranes including – crane service; using the service laptop to view black box data & update firmware; functional understanding of the FX500, FX900, FSC & MOL systems; liaison with the FASSI UK service helpdesk team (as required); crane operation / ALLMI operator license holder.

Well done Darren & we look forward to your SILVER award in the very near future.

A brand new FASSI for Parkway Timber

Bodmin based Parkway Timber Ltd has been in business for over 30 years supplying timber for small-scale DIY jobs and larger construction projects predominately across the South West.

The company has recently taken delivery of a FASSI F185A.2.23 xe-dynamic. This powerful crane is based on the F155A.2 & makes full use of the HD5 design classification to increase lifting capacity by 23%. Thanks to the advanced FX500 system, with proportional speed & dynamic control, this remarkable performance is achieved with no weight penalty over the base model. It comes equipped with radio remote control as standard & FSC-H stability control for ease of use.

The crane and chassis were supplied as a complete vehicle solution by S W Commercials our authorised FASSI UK sales & service partner based in Redruth, Cornwall.


FASSI Fiat at Harewood Hill Climb

Round 7 of the Bugatti Owners Club FASSI Classic Speed Championship took place at Harewood Speed Hillclimb near Harrogate recently.

Five competitors across three cars made the journey north but were rewarded with one of the longest hills in the UK at 1,440m set against the backdrop of the beautiful Wharfedale valley. A great venue for spectators because you can see most of the track from the top of the hill. The sharp final bend into the finish line also made for some crowd-pleasing spills & thrills. The organisation & marshalling is first rate at Harewood with a brisk throughput of cars even allowing for a third timed run.

A good day out for the FASSI sponsored Fiat Abarth 695 SS with a class win & some easy championship points. Photo credit to Richard Raw.