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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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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………


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.


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.

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new series of Law & Order starting Wednesday 12th March 9pm on itv

new series of Law & Order starting Wednesday 12th March 9pm on itv

The long awaited 2014 series of Law & Order featuring LIFT LTD minicrane hire has been scheduled for showing.
The latest series will start on Wednesday March the 12th at 9pm on ITV.

Make sure to tune in to ITV to see our Spider crane in action working with the forensic team, in an episode with a dramatic twist.

follow the link to watch the preview of the series, containing a glimpse of the action.



An eco-house is under construction at 76 Melton Road. It’s being built by Bob and Jane Johnson because, as Bob says, “I am a tight Yorkshire man who resents the ever increasing gas and electricity prices.”

We at LIFT Mini crane hire were asked to assist with the construction of the Eco – house, and we jumped at the chance immediately. We take the idea very seriously of human effects on the environment in our industry. And eliminating pollution, energy waste and reduction of harmful elements being exposed to the atmosphere is important to us.

Read about our project involvement… (click here) 

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LIFT TC-30 KLAAS trailer crane in the driveway of the Eco – House to erect and assist