Jib Cranes


Jib cranes are a potential cost-saving alternative to more complex crane systems.

This type of crane consists of a pivoting head and boom assembly which carries a hoist and trolley unit. The pivoting head is supported either by a
floor-mounted mast, providing 360 degree boom rotation, or by an existing building column that provides 180 degrees of boom rotation.

  • Capacities to 7.5 tons
  • 360  or 180 degree rotation
  • Motorized or manual rotation
  • Complete units or money-saving kits
  • Baseplate, pipe, wall or column mounted systems
  • Simpler and less expensive than a bridge or gantry (although in some cases
    footers costs make a jib crane more expensive) crane.

Common Applications


    The most common applications for jibs are individual workstations; e.g., machine tools, welding/fabrication stations, and small assembly stations. They are often used in simple loading / unloading operations where it is not necessary to spot a load precisely.

    Jib cranes most often handle lighter loads at lower duty cycles than their bridge and gantry crane counterparts. A "classic" application for jibs is to outfit an assembly floor with a series of jibs at individual workstations, which are then supported by an overhead crane to lift / carry full assemblies. The hook coverage is limited to the boom length (typically 10 to 14ft). The hook operates along a boom which rotates about a fixed point.

    If there is a need for precise locating of heavy loads, a large area of hook coverage, or frequent use for heavy loads, a jib crane may not be the best solution.

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