A jib crane is one of the safest cranes in the industry, and works by offering the ability to lift and lower loads within a variety of radii. Please read on below for more information about jib cranes and how to choose a jib crane.

The different types of jib cranes

Before we examine exactly how to choose a jib crane, it is worth considering the different types that are on offer. Primarily you can choose from either a free standing floor mounted jib crane or a wall-mounted jib crane, which can also be installed onto an existing steel bar or post.

For a full look at our range of jib cranes, take a look at our product page here.

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Choosing a jib crane

The different types of jib cranes offer you multiple solutions to choose from, and these are the factors you must consider when choosing a jib crane:


Think about the area that you would like your jib crane to operate within. Free standing jib cranes can rotate up to 360 degrees, while wall mounted jib cranes will typically only rotate up to 180 degrees.

This can differ from product to product, so we would recommend reading our product page thoroughly first, but if you are looking for greater rotation, then a free standing jib crane is most probably your answer.


Just as important as the rotation of your jib crane to operate is the weight of the loads that you would like it to lift and lower. Typically, the lifting capacity of a jib crane is greater than its total weight, and each will be able to handle a different lifting capacity.

For example, our wall mounted jib cranes can lift up to 500 kilograms, while our floor mounted jib cranes can manage up to 3000 kilograms. Again, we would recommend taking a careful look at our product page for full information.


You’ll need to think about the height when choosing your jib crane in conjunction with its rotation span, to ensure that it can fit and operate safely within your chosen space.

Boom outreach

The boom outreach is the distance from the pivot point of your jib crane, and is measured by the distance out to the tip of the boom and the distance to the furthest lifting point.

Height below the boom

This is the height that is measured from the floor to the boom, and will determine what kind of lifting equipment you will need with your jib crane.

Still need help choosing your jib crane?

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