Mobile Crane Simulator Controls

The mobile crane simulator is designed to be used with two styles of controls: PC controls or replica controls. You can choose the option that best fits your operator training program and budget.

PC Controls

Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joysticks are recommended for use with the mobile crane simulatorTo maximize cost-effectiveness, the mobile crane simulator offered by VISTA can be used with low-cost, off-the-shelf PC joysticks. VISTA recommends the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro, shown at right. Why? Because the same joystick may be used for both the right and left hands, and it offers a large number of switches for the thumb along with additional switches in the base, which means you can customize it to meet your training needs.

VISTA also offers table-top mounting brackets are to bring the PC joysticks down from table-top height to the sides of an ordinary chair, to better mimic the positioning of real controls in the cab of a real crane. Logitech Attack 3 joysticks may also be used with this simulator.

Replica Controls

Industrial USB joystick for wheel loader simulatorVISTA also offers these replica controls with eight pushbuttons that provide an intermediate level of realism at an intermediate price, plus a trigger (not shown). The USB electronics are built right into the base, so the joystick can be connected directly to your PC.

NEW: Operator Chair

operator chair for mobile crane simulators

A new operator chair is available that provides an even more realistic operating environment for mobile crane simulator trainees. This authentic operator seat includes consoles for the left and right hands, mounted on an industrial platform with casters, for easy portability. The operator chair is configured with multi-function replica controls - USB-ready industrial joysticks that provide portability and easy connectivity. The joysticks feature 8 push-buttons, plus a trigger, and are designed for use with many of the simulators VISTA offers. The operator chair can also be easily reconfigured to work with other personal simulators offered by VISTA Training.

Contact us for more information

If you have any questions about the mobile crane simulator and how you can utilize it as part of your operator training program, please contact us at 800-942-2886 or 262-514-2886 or via e-mail at

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