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A gin pole or pole truck commonly refers to a truck with a stiff crane like boom that hinges near the back of the truck. A gin pole utilizes a deck mounted winch to do the lifting and tie back lines to support the load. Unlike cranes a gin pole has no real adjustment or ability to move the load other than to drive the truck around while lifting. There is also an absence of stabilizing jacks to prevent overturning but instead relies on the weight of the truck to counterbalance the load.