Firstly let us discuss what a Jib crane actually is, and how it works, this will allow you to understand the benefits.

A Jib Craneis a piece of lifting equipment manufactured from steel, to create a structure which enables loads to be lifted, and subsequently moved to a different location within its range. Jib cranes from Lifting Gear Direct can be manufactured in our own workshop by our skilled team in various ways to best suit your needs, whether it is to save floor space, have limited headroom, or need more lifting space under the beam, they can also be produced with various lifting capacities from 125kg up to 2000kg.

A jib crane can be mounted in various ways to best suit its location, column mounted jib cranes are fitted to an existing steel support on the building itself; wall mounted versions are fitted to a wall, providing the wall is strong and stable enough to take the weight of the crane itself and the loads to be lifted. Jib cranes can also be floor mounted; this can be done in two ways – by either bolting the base plate to the floor directly, if it is solid enough, or, directly into a concrete base. Due to the way in which a Jib crane may be mounted, they can take up little or no floor space, which can be of huge benefit, especially where space is limited.

From the top of the main steel support of the Jib crane there is a steel beam which cantilevers out to various distances, depending on the model, up to 5 meters is possible. The horizontal beam has a bracing support for extra strength, this can be positioned above the beam – over braced; or under the beam – under braced; over braced cranes are ideal if you need maximum lifting room and load manoeuvrability underneath. Under braced cranes are best if you have more limited head room, as the crane can go higher up into the roof space.

The horizontal beam –the jib arm, is able to rotate or slew through around 270 degrees, allowing loads to be easily transported anywhere within this slewing range, which will obviously vary depending on the length of this beam. It is also possible to have a jib arm with a knuckle joint to provide articulated movement, these are ideal for moving around fixed obstacles.

The jib arm provides a place for attaching additional lifting equipment, to further enhance its versatility. Beam clamps are fitted easily and remain in its fixed position, and enable other hoisting or slinging equipment to be safely, swiftly and easily attached. A beam trolley is probably the most popular, and adds the most versatility, this is due to the fact that it can be moved easily across the beam to where it is required, whether loaded or not; this can be done manually or at the touch of a button if you have a powered version. The powered version alleviates all the stresses and strains of moving the trolley manually, and so it will save time, money and greatly reduce the risk of injury; a powered model also allows it to be positioned accurately.

Electric hoists, lifting magnets, chain blocks and lever hoists are all ideal lifting devices for use with a Jib crane, to further enhance its lifting capabilities. They can be galvanised for outdoor use, and can even have the jib arm powered to make slewing even easier. Jib cranes are utilised in a huge array of industries, from car garages, engineering businesses and manufacturing plants, they are frequently seen at the end of production lines in large factories, and even in dockyards for off loading ships.

So in conclusion it is quite clear that a Jib crane can be manufactured, by specialists, to suit your individual requirements. A jib crane can greatly reduce injury risks to personnel as it does all the hard work for you; they will also save a fair amount of time, when compared to how long it would take to manually lift and move a heavy load, (if it is possible at all!) and so they can increase productivity. Reducing injury risks and saving time are the biggest factors for reducing costs, and therefore the Jib crane is a very versatile and cost efficient piece of lifting equipment.