Mechanic Service Crane Stability

Mechanic Crane Stability is a topic we get all the time and unfortunately it’s also the least understood. Many operators simply don’t understand the dynamics of crane stability well enough as they often don’t use the stabilizer on the mechanic service cranes at all! There seems to be a threshold of when to use them properly and when it’s ok to “short-jack” the crane as they are lifting under xxx weight.  Ok so how does this get so confused anyway?  Lets look at the reason for stabilizer deployment in the first place:  These are not “outriggers”, often a term used for the 2 legs that are deployed to prevent an unsafe lift.  Outriggers are typically used on larger cranes where