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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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A Brief Guide to the Different Types of Crane & Their Uses

When hiring a crane for your construction project, you will obviously need to be informed about different types of crane and their function; ultimately this will ensure that you choose the right model for the work that you are undertaking.
If you are hiring a crane for the first time, then you might not be familiar with the specifications of each model. Our brief guide below is designed to help you make an informed decision.

Mobile Cranes

Mobile Cranes generally consist of a telescopic boom, from which a hook is suspended using wires. Mobile cranes are recognised as one of the most powerful pieces of equipment in the construction industry. As you may have guessed from the name, they are deliberately designed to be easily assembled, with as little set-up as possible.
Uses: The most common use for mobile cranes is in the construction and maintenance of buildings, highways towers and pipelines.

Mobile crane


Tower cranes

Tower cranes are possibly the most commonly seen cranes; this model can be seen across the skylines of London, Manchester and Birmingham.  A tower crane consists of three major components working in tandem, the base, the tower and the slewing unit. Arguably the most complex crane model, the tower crane is designed to balance weight and counter-weight.
Uses: These cranes are designed to lift heavy loads as safely and effectively as possible, hence why they are integral to large-scale capital project

Tower crane

All-Terrain Cranes 

All-Terrain Cranes are a type of single engine, mobile crane that are designed to travel at speed on public roads and on rough terrains at a job site. These cranes combine the rough movability of Rough Terrain trucks and the road compatibility of truck mounted cranes. The truck is supported by Outriggers that extend to stabilise the crane when lifting heavy tools and equipment. They combine the road-suitability of mounted cranes with the durability of the rough terrain cranes.
Uses: These are mainly used for pick and carry operations, off-road jobs and (you guessed it) rough terrain.

All-terrain crane

Gantry Cranes

Gantry Cranes are normally hoisted on a horizontal trolley that runs along its rails. The frames of the crane are supported by a gantry system with beams and wheels that run along the rails.
Uses: Gantry Cranes allow for a closer approach to building and are normally used for low capacity lifting of heavy goods in an industrial capacity as well as in shipyards.

Gantry crane

Suspended cranes

Suspended cranes (or overhead cranes) are similar to a gantry crane insofar as they are supported by beams. One of the differences between these two cranes is the mobility, Over head cranes can only move in one direction intended for lifting specific objects.
Uses: These cranes are usually seen in the assembly area of factories or along the side of walls.


Loaded cranes 

These cranes are hydraulically powered arm fitted to a truck or trailer, these types of cranes require the uninterrupted attention of the driver as they need to move around the vehicle to be able to view his load. An advantage of these cranes is that numerous sections of the arms can be folded when not in use which can save space.
Uses: These cranes are more suited to the loading and unloading of construction equipment.



Mini & Spider Cranes

We couldn’t finish our little guide without a nod to our own cranes, now could we? Mini and spider cranes are perfect for the little jobs that may involve getting into hard to reach places. What is great about the mini and spider cranes is that their use is not limited to one application, their versatility being one of the many reasons they are so popular with our customers and clients.

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Still wondering which crane is the right one for the job in hand? We’ve put together this handy graphic, giving you a loose idea of which crane fits which job. We should stress that it’s in no way exhaustive and we certainly haven’t included every type of crane on here, but it should give you some idea as to the different applications of the various models out there.




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….



VERTIKAL / CRANE & ACCESS September issue available now online

page 38 onwards has a good insight to LIFT MINICRANE HIRE for those who aren’t familiar with our services, history and equipment. Also see a photo of JADE and KEVIN in the depot.

LIFT have recently purchased a new MAEDA MC405 to add to the collection of UNIC and MAEDA range. the new MAEDA has an 850kg SWL searcher hook which will play a massive advantage on th


Mezzanine Structures…..

Assembling steelwork with minicrane

Assembling steelwork with minicrane






In this photo of a MAEDA MC405 spider crane, we raised the main chassis up to achieve a good reach over and beyond the steelwork.

When there is little headroom, the minicranes can become very useful – especially with different attachments which can be fixed to the end of the boom.

We undertake many steel erection/assembly jobs, and our minicranes are a massive aid to many steel erecting contracts.

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295 mini crane hire at Space Centre

295 mini crane hire at Space Centre

Exciting projects this week….


LIFT MINICRANE HIRE delivered a service this week at the National Space centre near our depot in Leicester. The task was to remove the glass entrance in order to allow room for the latest exhibition to be transported in for display.

The whole entrance was removed with a UNIC 295 Spider crane, and a glass lifting attachment – which was rigged up a few metres away from the entrance, and the glass was taken out individually by the crane. The entrance was cleared and the exhibit transported into the ground floor entrance.

The glass was then replaced in the reverse procedure using the spider crane, and the entrance sealed back up. LIFT LTD worked alongside a team of specialist glass company to perform this task.

A few pictures below for a more in depth look….

UNIC 295 HIREglass liftingspace centre








You can’t get much lower…..

LIFT MINI CRANE HIRE were called upon to find a solution to a development problem recently. We where asked if there are any ways to lift steel floor beams into the existing brickwork of an existing building, that was being renovated into a plush new office block.

The problem was that the building itself is in the middle of terrace style houses, and very little room to manoeuvre.


mini crane hired for basement

Basement work with minicrane

For us, it made sense to lower the mini crane into the basement itself, and lift and work the 6 large steels into their positions.

Once the steels had been lifted – the engineers could then plan the next phase of fitting the floor…. saving time, money and a lot of hassle when compared to lifting through the roof, or a neighbouring car-park?


The possibilities are literally endless………



The URW/506 enjoying the view….

Mini cranes can be of many uses, some general and typical, and some…. well.. not so general…….

Take a look here at the 506 sat beside the water at Teesside Docks enjoying the sunshine.

The repair work being carried out beneath the surface can be a very dangerous, and risky task. But with the help of LIFT’s UNIC 506 and its’ excellent lifting capacity – we can expect nothing less than a safe operation.

Here you can see that the contractors are being lowered into the water, to work on strengthening the docks – by initially being lowered into the water by the spider crane, and complete with breathing apparatus, the team are completing the work below the water’s surface.

spider crane on the docks

mini cranes used for work over the waters edge