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Buy Industrial Crane Systems at Lifting Gear Direct

Lifting Gear Direct manufacture their own bespoke  Jib cranes and mobile gantries, as well as supplying floor cranes / engine hoists, scaffold runway systems and light crane systems as well as aluminium gantry systems. Some crane systems and portable gantry options can be customized to your needs and have a great range of options to choose from including height and span. Jib cranes can be wall, column, or floor mounted whilst our scaffold runway systems fit to scaffold towers and ideal on construction sites.  Light crane systems can also be tailored to suit your requirements. We have our own team of engineers who can deliver and install your chosen crane if and when required, with thorough inspections carried out as necessary when booked in, we endeavour to contact customers when inspections are due. We also supply other types of crane systems, read on below to find out more.

Scaffold Crane System


About Scaffold Crane Systems The track used in this scaffold runway crane sys..

125kg Under Braced Swing Jib


125kg Under Braced Swing Jib Benefits Buying an under braced swing Jib from Lif..

250kg Under Braced Swing Jib


Benefits of our 250kg Under Braced Swing Jib There are lots of reasons to inves..

500kg Under Braced Swing Jib


500kg Under Braced Swing Jib Capabilities As well as these under braced jibs we..

1000kg Under Braced Swing Jib


About the 1000kg Swing Jib with Under Bracing If you need optimal lifting heigh..

2000kg Under Braced Swing Jib


 Whatever your desired specifications, we can adapt the design and build a ..

3000kg Under Braced Swing Jib


We can customise this crane with optional features, build it and install it on-s..

125kg Over Braced Swing Jib


Benefits of our 125kg Over Braced Swing Jib Crane This crane is just one of a n..

250kg Over Braced Swing Jibs


Floor and column mounting are available with arm radii up to 5 metres and wall m..

500kg Over Braced Swing Jibs


500kg Over Braced Jib Crane - Key Features 500kg SWL over braced jib crane S..

1000kg Over Braced Swing Jibs


 This particular model has a safe working load of 1000kg, so you can easily..

2000kg Over Braced Swing Jib


Quick Overview of  the 2000kg Swing Jib Crane Over braced for maximum un..

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  Please Note: We do not hire out our gantries and cranes, they are made to measure.

Crane Systems – Understanding the Basics

There are many different types of crane systems available in today's market. Choosing the correct crane for your needs can be confusing so we have outlined some of the key facts about some of the different lifting crane options that Lifting Gear Direct can help with.

All About Jib Cranes

A Jib Crane may also be called a swing jib and is a type of crane system consisting of a supporting beam or column (depending on where it is to be fitted) to which a jib arm (also called a boom) is cantilevered out from. We can manufacture floor, column, wall & pillar mounted Jib cranes with either under or over bracing to suit your needs.

Because we design and build each jib crane gantry system in-house, you can be certain that they are suitable for your needs and can take on any lifting tasks safely and efficiently. They are made to measure using high quality materials and components, which makes them tough enough for the most gruelling, high duty cycle use.

You can choose cranes which are built for indoor or outdoor use, depending on your requirements. We can design, create and install the entire assembly. And further down the line when it needs to be maintained, we can also carry out the necessary work to keep a crane gantry system in top condition.

Jib Cranes - The Brand Options

Some of the brands we work with to build our cranes include Demag and Donati. There are a wide range of lifting capacities available, starting off at just 125kg for light work and going up to 3000kg or more for heavy duty jobs. If you have specific features you would like to add to your order, we can make adjustments to match your expectations.

Floor & Workshop Crane Options

Floor Cranes are also known as engine cranes or lifters and workshop cranes. These space-saving mini Jib cranes use a cantilevered hydraulic lifting boom/arm on a wheeled framework; perfect for sliding underneath a car.

Payload capacities for this type of crane can vary between 500kg for smaller models and 2000kg for larger examples. We stock manoeuvrable, cost-effective floor cranes from brands including GT, Raptor and Steerman.

One of the main reasons to invest in a floor crane is to avoid having to carry out physically demanding lifting tasks without assistance. Just remember that the design of these cranes which makes them compact is also an important motivation to follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines. Keeping loads central and stable is key to proper use.

Floor Crane Versatility

Some floor cranes are marketed as being general use, while others have features that are geared towards specific tasks. For example, you can buy cranes which are explicitly advertised as capable of lifting and lowering a car engine. This can be a useful way of working out which of the crane gantry systems we sell is right for you.

Be sure to check out our full range of floor cranes, as well as the various gantry systems we offer, including fixed position lifting gantries and convenient mobile gantries. They are a great addition to any workshop or factory where things like durability, strength, build quality and ease of use are all important assets.

Scaffold Runway Crane Systems

These are a more recent innovation which enable you to incorporate a runway crane into your scaffolding tower. The steel runway beam clamps to scaffold poles for strength and security. They can be fitted anywhere on your scaffolding to provide a crane to lift, lower and move loads across the beam. A beam trolley and hoisting device will be required for full functionality of the scaffold runway system.

Light Crane Systems

Our modular light crane systems are coming soon.


gantry is often called other names, such as a mobile gantry, mobile gantry or an A-frame gantry, they are versatile pieces of lifting equipment due to the fact that it is moveable, unlike a fixed overhead crane; this enables more compact working areas to have that extra lifting capability that simply wouldn’t have the room or necessity for a fixed crane.  Mobile gantry systems are a perfect framework for the use of most types of hoisting equipment.

Out gantry systems are custom made to order in our own factory to ensure you get the correct size for your lifting application.


Where Can I Find A UK Crane Manufacturer?

Lifting Gear Direct manufacture bespoke crane gantry systems as well as Jib cranes.

What are the different Types of Crane?

Cranes come in a wide variety of designs, mobile gantry cranes, Jib cranes, overhead gantry crane systems, lightweight aluminium lifting gantries and engine cranes/floor cranes. Find out more at Lifting Gear Direct.

What is a Mobile Gantry?

A mobile gantry is a steel framework consisting of two 'A' frames and a cross beam. The A frames incorporate heavy duty castors in order to move the gantry frame around the workplace to where the load needs to be lifted.

What weight can a Gantry Lift?

Our custom built gantry systems can handle top loads up to 5000kg, our smallest model can handle 500kg and we offer 1000kg, 2000kg and 3000kg models too.

What is a Jib Crane?

A Jib crane consists of a cantilevered jib arm or boom, a steel beam which normally rotates to facilitate lifting and moving loads within a specific area. They can be floor mounted on a steel column, wall mounted or mounted to an existing building column. Underbraced options are the most popular but over braced options are available. They are commonly used with a beam trolley and hoist.

What are the Benefits of an Aluminium Gantry?

Aluminium lifting gantries are lightweight cranes which can generally be broken down into three main parts, making them easy to transport and so great for on site lifting tasks. The smallest and easiest to use is the Rapide with top lifting capacities of 500kg. The largest custom models can handle up to 5000kg loads.

What is an Engine Crane?

An engine crane, also called a floor crane, engine hoist or workshop crane is a small crane with legs that slide under a vehicle and a cantilever arm which extends over the engine bay. They facilitate the lifting out and installation of a vehicles engine. Typically used in car repair garages.

Can a Crane Be fitted to Scaffolding?

Yes it can. The latest scaffold runway system incorporates a steel beam which clamps onto scaffold poles. Then you can fit a trolley and hoist system to lift, lower and move your loads with ease.

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