Me and My Volvo: Allen Loveday

Even when times are slow, work is always "picking up" for Allen Loveday.

Unlike most drivers, Loveday's truck isn't equipped for hauling a trailer or cargo box; his 2013 VHD daycab serves as the foundation for a 33-ton National 1400 Crane.

As a veteran crane operator, driving trucks has been just part of the job, since most larger cranes are transported to the jobsite in several pieces. In addition to hauling crane parts, Loveday’s experience includes hydraulic truck cranes that can be driven on the highway, and rough-terrain cranes typically hauled on a lowbed tractor-trailer.

After more than 30 years hauling and operating cranes around the country, Loveday opted to work locally, joining Greensboro-based Guy M. Turner Inc. in 2012. Covering the Carolinas and Virginia, Loveday still operates a wide range of crane equipment, but his “regular” ride is the VHD-based crane. Light construction lifts such as placing air-conditioning units on building roofs, or cellular tower assembly/maintenance are common tasks for his VHD.

Loveday’s key motivation for staying local was to spend more time with his son, pursuing outdoor recreation and ATV riding opportunities near his Greensboro home. “We really enjoy the Hatfield-McCoy Trails in West Virginia,” said Loveday.

The Driver

  • Name: Allen Loveday
  • Age: 54
  • Lives in: Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Company: Guy M. Turner, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Background: A veteran crane operator with three years operating trucks and cranes at Turner.

The Truck

  • Model: VHD 200
  • Year: 2013
  • Engine: Volvo D13
  • Transmission: Volvo I-Shift
  • Body: 33-ton National 1400 Crane
  • Loads: A/C Units, Building Materials

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