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Spider Crane And Mini Crane Hire Q&A: Where Can You Hire One, And How Much Will It Cost?

Got questions about spider cranes and mini cranes? You have come to the right place.

Cranes are fantastic machines for lifting and transporting heavy objects and it is not unusual to see them towering over buildings, especially in the inner cities, where there is usually a lot of construction going on. Mini cranes are — as the name suggests — built to do the same job, only in places where the larger cranes cannot operate.


The 7 most common uses for spider cranes

As built-up urban environments across the world continue to grow, so do the demands on construction workers to find ways of working in areas where space is at a premium.

Mini-cranes like spider cranes are fast becoming a natural solution to these increasingly complex construction challenges. Spider cranes are loved across the world as they are an ingenious way to heavy lift in areas too small to gain access with a larger crane.

More versatile than your average sized crane, mini-cranes are capable of tackling the most demanding of construction projects in environments such as slopes, stairs and tight, confined spaces.  

From 1 ton spider cranes that will fit through standard sized doorways to 6 ton spider cranes that will reach up to 22 metres high and can still be positioned or tracked through the tightest of spaces, there’s a spider crane that can always meet the toughest of demands.

Here are the 7 most common uses for the versatile, powerful spider crane.

  1. Confined and restricted spaces


This is where the spider crane really comes into its own. The spider crane can easily fold up and be tracked down tight corridors to reach an area with restricted access. In fact it’s known to frequently completed tough briefs in everywhere from art galleries to universities, museums, listed buildings and office blocks.

Need to lift sold steel in an area with limited headroom? It’s not a problem for a spider crane. A spider crane is the perfect tool if you require heavy lifting in between floors in a building, lifting anything from air conditioning units or wooden beams on to upper floors or dropping down  lower levels.

The LIFT-094 is the smallest and most compact spider crane in our range and highly effective in confined space. Only 595mm wide and 1000kg in weight, it is the world’s smallest and lightest compact crane, ideal for manoeuvring into the tightest of working areas and capable of lifting almost a tonne with its 5.49m long boom and hook height of 5.6m.

      1. Rooftop operations


When you need heavy lifting work done on a rooftop that can only sustain a certain amount of weight, then the spider crane comes in particularly useful. The TC 30 trailer mini crane is a good match for any roof top operation. It’s light weight and compact size paired with its 30 metre reach and 360 rotation, makes it the ideal choice for any rooftop job.

There have been instances in the past when spider cranes have lifted other dismantled spider cranes onto high rooftops to avoid road closures and minimise disruption – now that’s impressive!

      1. Plant maintenance

plant maintenance

A spider crane is ideal for production plant work. Not only will it deal well in the cramped conditions, it will also move and lift at seemingly impossible angles to get the job done. At 0.6m wide, the LIFT-095 is specifically designed for interior access and manoeuvres freely in tight spots. And if you add a searcher hook attachment, you can easily use the crane to access those hard to reach areas.



      1. Glass installation


Installing large sheets of glass is a delicate operation so when precision and finesse is needed, a spider crane is the only thing that will do. A spider crane will go beyond simply installing glass on a shop front. The special glass lifting vacuum attachment and lengthy boom reach means it can reach around the edges of buildings where access can be restricted. Lifting and installing glass in a canopy area with limited headroom is also something that a spider crane does very well that a larger crane can’t touch.  

Spider cranes have been known to conquer the toughest exterior and interior office glazing jobs. One job in particular featuring a spider crane involved installing glazing in a gap of just 4 metres, separating office buildings from a nearby Metro line.

      1. Stone work


A spider crane can meet a range of projects involving stone, from domestic to commercial. Capable of lifting and repairing the largest of stones and concrete, a spider crane can be used on difficult landscape projects to lifting stone in a cemetery to repair headstones and monuments. Spider cranes are also just as effective when a lighter touch is required. By adding a fly jib attachment spider crane can skilfully and carefully lift precious stonework on listed buildings to high profile statues.


      1. Steel work


Spider cranes are the best choice for working with steel whenever the ground below is unable to withstand the weight of a larger crane. For installing steel staircases indoors then the spider crane is the perfect answer. With a 6 tonne capacity at 3m and a hook height of 19.5m, the LIFT-706 is powerful yet light enough to meet the demands of any steel job, and at just 1600mm wide is still narrow enough to gain access through a standard double doorway.



      1. Shopping mall installations


Thanks to their lifting strength and compact size, spider cranes are often used for working inside shopping malls and retail stores. Whether it’s an installation or a refurb with glass or with cladding, spider cranes are great for the job as they easily fit through single doors to lift heavy displays..

Spider cranes have been used in a number of the UK’s major shopping centres for glazing and construction work, such as Selfridges on Oxford Street in London, The Bullring in Birmingham, Trinity in Leeds and the Westfield shopping centres in Stratford London and Bradford.

Here at Lift ltd we offer a solution to all lift situations, with specialist lifting attachments and equipment to cater for the most complicated of construction projects. We offer bespoke rates for each contract to suit you, whether it’s a short 1 day job or for longer. For general enquiries, or to get a free no obligation quote, call our 24 hour helpline on 0788 525 0969.






Working with Santa this year to stand Christmas Trees all over the land

Working with Santa this year to stand Christmas Trees all over the land……….

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 It started with a phone call from Santa:

Imagine the surprise when Santa called the lift office with a genuine enquiry. “Ho Ho Ho, Can you help my elves to put up some Trees in time for Christmas please….” In typical LIFT MINICRANES fashion, we set to work on a plan to get a small spider crane into a building, and position in order to lift the 30ft Tree in stages so that it could be dressed as it stood up right.

We hope to be lifting a tree up in a town, or building near you before Christmas….



Birmingham Centre has a growing construction element within the central area recently. With our Central depot in the Midlands we are able to send machines often on a sameday service to our customers.

We cover Birmingham quite frequently and it is no surprise that when walking through the centre, if you look up on the rooftop of the major construction site’s- you are able to see our unique yellow spider crane booms in the sky.

MAEDA MC405 working on the roof in Birmingham to assemble Steel








This particular job was to assemble Steel Work for a series of additional floors going up on top of a structure,with no alternative solution other than a complete road closure to position a huge mobile crane at ground level.

We hire our spider cranes in Birmingham and anywhere in the UK to work on various applications – particularly when required to work on rooftops or in tight areas…


How do you find the right crane for your construction project?

Whilst the UK construction industry has borne witness to some difficult times over the past seven years, this doesn’t mean that investment in construction and capital projects hasn’t continued internationally. Emerging economies such as China, India and the United Arab Emirates place construction projects at the heart of their plans to bring more investment and trade to their biggest urban centres.

Indeed, even in Britain, the current government is aware of the value of new infrastructure projects and their importance to future economic prosperity; consider the debates over new high speed rail links and Crossrail/The Elizabeth line.

To give you an idea of just how much money and logistical planning is going into construction projects the world over, we’ve given you a break down of just seven of the most heavily anticipated. From our own Crossrail in London, to the new Kingdom Tower with its ambitions to become the tallest building in the world, all eyes are on the completion of these projects.

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Choosing the right crane for your construction project 

Here at Lift, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer mini and spider cranes that can be readily adapted to serve the needs of any construction project.

Our track record illustrates an ability to deliver mini-cranes for most types of construction work.

But how do you go about deciding what type of crane is right for your project? What process should you follow to ensure that your project is delivered to budget, and that you are not wasting money and time with equipment that is ill-suited to the job in hand. Broadly speaking, there are three main ranking factors that should affect your ability to choose the right crane for your project.

Equipment and cost

This is obvious, but the cost of hiring a crane will be the first and most important consideration; what will be the rental and installation expenses be and have you accounted for unseen costs along the way? Other considerations that will ultimately fall under the category of ‘cost’ include, but are not limited to, rental, transportation and installation costs, the difficulties associated with assembly and dis-assembly, maintenance and depreciation (e.g. what is the life-cycle of the equipment you are using). Some of these considerations will overlap with the second factor in our list…

Location and site 

Cranes are often used at high altitude so location and regional considerations will be paramount in the process of hiring. Even small things such as daily wind conditions and adverse weather can have an effect on whatever type of crane you may end up using. Location factors will also include spatial constraints – how will the crane fit into the area in question? Spatial factors can significantly complicate the selection of a crane.

Environmental impact 

Environmental impact is an increasingly major consideration for all construction projects, especially in an age where health and safety is becoming more of a consideration. Energy (the amount of power the crane will be using), health considerations (noise and the risk of dust pollution), as well as the dangers posed by CO2 emissions. Construction projects will also pose unavoidable disruptions and delays in the local area. Projects that are making use of high altitude cranes in already populated areas will also have to think about issues of privacy and personal space.


The rise and rise of the mini-cranes in large-scale projects 

Mini-cranes are becoming an increasingly popular option for project and construction managers alike, since they offer a flexibility that the larger models don’t. For example, mini-cranes are becoming more vital for glazing companies and contractors, as glass installation is now that much more of a difficult and precise operation. For example, the construction of the Shard was an operation that relied on the precision work of mini-cranes.

Mini-cranes have one benefit in a construction industry where time is money – their flexibility. Smaller cranes lift some of the logistical burdens that may afflict construction projects. For example, load bearing on a construction site can be a problem, especially when cranes are needed to get into hard to reach places. Mini-cranes can, usefully, be operated both inside and outside buildings and are easily portable.

Logistically, the selection of a crane for large-scale projects is often a time-consuming and complicated exercise. Mini-cranes are offering newer, more flexible solutions to some of the more bespoke and precision construction jobs.




Now you may have heard of “Tandem Lift” but this is a “Triple Lifting Operation”….

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The problem was a 2000kg Steel Beam needed lifting up and fixing into position beneath a low level ceiling. The possibility of using a conventional Mobile Crane was dismissed by the fact that the only access would have been over the beautiful lawn.

One of the great design features of our Mini Cranes are that they are low weight bearing, and cause minimal disruption when tracking, and when rigged up in position.


We laid down some plastic Tracking Mats – (available for hire) and set the cranes loose toward the work area – for action!

we then set-up the cranes so that the larger crane – MAEDA MC305, had the heavier end with the furthest reach. And the supporting UNIC 295 at the other end of the steel. The UNIC 095 with it’s multi leg position facility allowed the small crane to get it’s legs within the support prop’s to take the centre of the beam, and it’s own proportion of the weight.

With all 3 cranes ready, the steel was hoisted slowly, and fixed in position – Much to the relieve of the main contractor and property owner. The cranes completed the lift with ease, and in a safe manner.

We then dissapeared from site as if we weren’t there, and the work is now progressing as normal.

I’m sure there are contractors facing tall orders like this, and we are here to help….


Two booms are better than one !


When working indoors and there is little room for machinery. Spider cranes can provide an excellent solution to many scenarios.

Seen here we have 2 UNIC spider cranes, working together to stand a GRP tank upright with extra care not to let anything touch the fixed attachments on the vessel.

2 UNIC Spider Cranes working in Tandem

2 UNIC Spider Cranes working in Tandem

The tank was brought into the building by pallet trucks and Forklifts, then we positioned the two mini cranes to take control.







We then lifted the bottom of the tank off the floor, while the larger spider crane lifted the top end of the tank.

the larger crane then raised the tank upright, taking care not to collide with the conduit and other elements above, as the crane raised the tank.

The tank started to rise, and the smaller crane steadied the bottom, and kept it off the ground.

tandem lift complete

Tank stood upright using 2 spider cranes











The tank was then above it’s final position and the smaller crane removed. The Tank was then lowered down and positioned exactly.

Another job well done by LIFT MINICRANES

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LIFT MINI CRANE HIRE were asked along to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry at the beginning of this month, to lend a hand with the replacement of the High Pressure Valves that fuel the central heating system for the hospital.

Upon initial survey, the task became apparent when we stepped inside the boiler room, beneath the network of pipes and steelwork to see the valves that need replacing.

The pressure then mounted somewhat when we were told that we only have a 4 hour window to replace a valve, due to the requirement of constant flow throughout the hospital.

20151016_224842 20151016_224955 20151016_230733Thankfully the MAEDA MC104 has a unique facility to be able to manipulate the outrigger legs, allowing the crane to be set-up in really awkward areas.

The pictures give you an idea of the versatility of the spider cranes, and how they can achieve a good lifting position, in the most restricted of areas….