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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.



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….


LIFT Lends Assistance to Visitor Centre Construction

LIFT Lends Assistance to Visitor Centre Construction

As Leicester awaits the opening of the city’s brand-new King Richard III Visitor Centre, one local business prides itself on being part of a project that celebrates Leicester’s rich heritage.

Lift Mini Crane Hire, based in Aylestone, have been crucial to the construction of the new attraction, which is to open in St. Martin’s on the edge of Leicester city centre on Saturday 26th July.

Recruited by Norman and Underwood, a national glazing specialist, Lift Mini Crane Hire were asked to consult on the equipment needed to successfully complete the installation of the new Visitor Centre’s glass entrance and viewing box; both with regards to lifting glass into position and the transportation vehicle required to deliver glass to the site.

Given the King Richard III Visitor Centre’s location – set between the narrow streets and built-up areas of Friar Lane, close to De Montfort University and St Nicholas Circle – planning for delivery vehicles and installation methods provided a challenge.

However, the design of Lift Mini Crane Hire’s equipment eased any concerns, with the company’s mini cranes purpose-built for working within restricted space.

Kevin Concepcion, who oversees lifting operations at Lift Mini Crane Hire, said:

“We used a small spider crane and a vacuum lifting attachment to lift and hold the glass into position, while the fixers secured it in position. In using the small UNIC/095 mini crane, we were allowed to reduce the space taken up because the outrigger legs can be set in different increments to allow manipulation around obstacles when setting up. The glass was installed over a period of two days for the entrance area.

“The courtyard entrance was an obstacle course in itself, with a wall and feature brickwork already started to form when we arrived. We had to manoeuvre the spider crane around the workers and brick and stone area, set up the mini crane and glass-lifting attachment, lift the glass from stilliages before turning it round in mid-air before lowering it down into position.

“The viewing box was slightly different in that the weight of the units was in excess of 500kg. This meant that we had to upgrade the crane’s lifting capacity, and the vacuum lifting attachment had to be powerful enough to lift and suspend a heavy screen eight metres in the air, while fitters used a Mobile Elevated Platform to reach the area safely. The narrow body of the MAEDA mini crane used allowed us to track through the stonework safely. The versatility of these spider cranes on rubber tracks also allows them to turn in a complete circle, ideal for this type of lifting scenario.

“The glass was lifted under the watchful eye of site management and tradesman, as the screen was hoisted up slowly to the platform on the front of the building and manoeuvred into position for fixing.”

As the King Richard III Visitor Centre prepares to open its doors to the public this weekend, visitors will now be able to walk out into the glass viewing box and look over the exact location of the car park in which the remains of King Richard III were discovered in 2012.

Darren Palfrey, owner of Lift Mini Crane Hire, added: “As a family-run Leicester-based business, where we’re from is important and we are delighted to have been able to assist in the construction of the new King Richard III Visitor Centre. The discovery of Richard III’s remains drew the world’s attention to Leicester and will continue to do so when the centre opens on Saturday. We’re incredibly proud to have been able to play a part in this project.”

Lift Mini Crane Hire Ltd operate all over the UK on a 24-hour emergency service, as well as tendering and planning for a wide range of lifting operations involving spider cranes, lifting equipment, trailer cranes and much more.


MAEDA or UNIC mini crane hire….

MAEDA minicranes now in our hire fleet

MAEDA minicranes now in our hire fleet

LIFT Ltd mini crane hire have now extended the hire fleet to include the MAEDA spider cranes. The growing demand within the industry has helped us identify that there are more than one solution to many lifting scenarios, and confirms that we are the largest mini crane hire company in the midlands, and one of the largest in the UK…

Since our hire fleet has expanded, and many mini crane users have their own favourites, we have taken this on board and invested in the MAEDA alternative to our existing UNIC machines.

LIFT Ltd are proud to unveil our MAEDA minicrane hire range….  MC104 with it’s small, compact structure at only 595mm wide. The MC305 is a very impressive machine, with a 2.98t lifting capacity, and a long 12.5m boom. The MC405 is a very versatile machine, with a 16.5m main boom, an additional 3.9m of swing away fly jib attachment, giving a MWH (max working height) of 20.7m.

For more information on the new MAEDA range, visit our gallery pages:

Or download the specs for each model here


LAW & ORDER…… and Action!!!

The story behind the scene…

LIFT minicrane hire where contacted with a very peculiar enquiry by a film production company working on the latest series of the ITV Law & Order UK.

The initial description was that a crane, or lifting device will be needed to lift an old Triumph Dolomite from the river bed, in a remote location beneath one of the City’s many motorway carriageways. There was a restriction on the access to the location that must be considered – a pedestrian footbridge with a 3t limit….

The car itself will weigh no more than a tonne, with all of it’s mechanical elements removed from beneath the bonnet, this will keep the weight down to a minimum.

The lifting of an old car from beneath the Thames.

The lifting of an old car from beneath the Thames.

After a site survey, the job description changed somewhat.

The crane able to lift the weight comfortably would have had to have been a 506 at the very minimum – with the reach over the water’s edge having to be a few metres to look convincing.          The 506 spider crane weigh’s in excess of the 3t payload of the footbridge?

With this to consider, the best way forward was to utilise a smaller spider crane to lift off the removable sections of the 506, track and transport the different elements over the footbridge and re-assemble at the other side.

smaller spider crane used for disassemble.

smaller spider crane used for disassemble.

The boom, legs and various other parts can easily be removed from the UNIC minicranes – this is part of the unique design of this range of minicranes.

We then rigged up the crane at the waterfront at the correct distance away from the water’s edge to allow for the tide, and weight dissipation of the front two outrigger’s of the crane. This meant we were a little too far back to lift the car from the water – bearing in mind the car would practically double in weight when wet. In preparation for this – we decided along with the special effects team, that we would simulate the car coming out of the water, simply by hosing the car down moments before the scene was shot.

We did a practice run, and then the final take – the car came up and round nice and controlled. The car was set down and the detectives approached the rusty old car when summoned by another officer. The attention was then focused on the contents of the boot.

As it turned out, the body of a police officer from years before were still inside the car – which itself opened up a whole new line of enquiry, and so the program began.

The film crew and production team dashed off to the next location to film the next scene, while our operator, supervisor and fitters remained behind to reverse the assembly operation of the crane, and transport it back to our depot.

for more information on the capabilities of the mini crane range, feel free to call or email our technical help on office@liftltd.com






LIFT MNI CRANE HIRE along with local waterways and services contractors have been replacing the tired, old and damaged stonework on the Lock at Richard Street in Birmingham.

mini crane hire, waterways

Spider crane to lift lock stonework, replaced with new stones over 1000kg’s

The area in the photo had to be fenced off from the public temporarily whilst lifting was carried out. And the crane in the photo couldn’t be set any nearer to the water’s edge because of the weight and dissipation through the ground – especially whilst strengthening up the banks.

The crane in the photo is a MAEDA MC405, one LIFT mini crane hire’s newest additions to the fleet. with a self operated hire available to those who hold the A66 “compact crane” competency card. With its excellent lifting capacity of 3.83t, and short rigging space we where able to hoist the stonework up and out safely, and lift new ones in from 1 position – leaving plenty of room for the workforce to utilise the rest of the area.

We have a large fleet of various different mini cranes for hire, with UNIC’s, MEADA’s, and KLAAS Aluminium Crane’s – All with various advantages over one another and various different attachments and unique specifications…