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About our jib cranes

Jib cranes are an essential piece of lifting equipment used in various industries for material handling and heavy lifting operations. They offer a versatile and efficient solution for lifting and moving loads within a limited area.

Hoist UK is renowned for its comprehensive range of jib cranes, including our exclusive "Buy British" range. This series showcases a selection of jib cranes that are manufactured in-house in the United Kingdom, offering exceptional quality, reliability, and compliance with relevant British and European standards.

What is a jib crane?

A jib crane is a type of crane that consists of a horizontal arm, called a jib or boom, which is mounted on a vertical mast or wall. The jib arm can rotate horizontally, allowing for a 180-degree or full 360-degree coverage, depending on the crane's design.

Jib cranes are commonly used in manufacturing facilities, warehouses, construction sites, and shipyards.

How do jib cranes work?

Jib cranes work by utilising a combination of a hoist, trolley, and jib arm rotation. The hoist is attached to the jib arm, which enables vertical lifting and lowering of loads. The trolley allows horizontal movement along the jib arm, providing precise positioning of the load. The jib arm's rotation allows the crane operator to reach different areas within the working radius.

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Benefits of using a jib crane

Increased efficiency

Jib cranes provide efficient material handling solutions, enabling quick and precise movement of loads, reducing manual labour, and increasing productivity.


Jib cranes are available in various configurations, including floor-mounted and wall-mounted options, making them adaptable to different working environments.


Jib cranes have a small footprint and can be installed in areas with limited space, maximising the available floor or wall space.

Improved safety

Jib cranes offer enhanced safety over other manual handling systems, ensuring the safety of both the operator and the load being lifted.

What is the difference between a jib crane and a hoist?

While both jib cranes and hoists are used for lifting and moving loads, they serve different purposes.

A jib crane is a complete lifting system that consists of a jib arm, hoist, and trolley, providing a wider range of movement and coverage.

On the other hand, a hoist is a device used solely for vertical lifting and lowering of loads. Hoists can be used independently or in conjunction with other lifting equipment, such as overhead cranes or jib cranes.

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Types of jib cranes

Floor mounted jib crane

This type of jib crane is directly mounted on the floor or foundation, providing stability and support. It is suitable for applications where there is sufficient floor space, and the load needs to be moved within a specific area.

Wall mounted jib crane

Wall mounted jib cranes are attached to a wall or vertical structure, saving valuable floor space. They are ideal for workstations or areas where floor obstruction is a concern.

Articulating jib crane

An articulating jib crane, also known as a knuckle jib, features multiple articulated arms, allowing for precise positioning of the load in multiple directions. It provides flexibility and is commonly used in tight or hard-to-reach spaces.

Mast-style jib crane

Mast-style jib cranes have a vertical mast that supports the horizontal jib arm. They offer high lifting capacities and are suitable for heavy-duty applications.

What type of jib crane do I need?

Choosing the right type of jib crane depends on several factors:


a. Maximum weight to lift: Determine the maximum weight of the load you need to lift to ensure that the jib crane's lifting capacity meets your requirements.

b. Available headroom: Consider the available vertical space or headroom in your facility to determine whether a floor-mounted or wall-mounted jib crane is more suitable.

c. Required reach: Assess the distance the jib crane needs to cover to ensure it can reach all the necessary work areas.

d. Other considerations:Factors such as the operating environment, duty cycle, and specific application requirements should also be considered when selecting a jib crane.


a. Slewing angle: Jib cranes can have different slewing angles, which determine the range of rotation. Common slewing angles include 180 degrees, 270 degrees and 360 degrees.

b. Hoist travel: Some jib cranes offer hoist travel along the jib arm, allowing for horizontal movement of the load.

c. Articulated arms: Articulating jib cranes feature multiple arms that can be adjusted and positioned independently, providing increased flexibility and reach.

d. Other options: Additional options may include electric or manual operation, variable speed controls, and customised features to suit specific applications.

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a. Height of Lift: The vertical distance between the ground or the lifting point and the maximum height the load needs to be lifted.

b. Outreach or radius: The horizontal distance from the jib crane's central mast / pivoting point or wall to the farthest point of the jib arm.

c. Safe Working Load (SWL): The maximum weight that a jib crane is designed to lift safely.

d. Other terms: Other common terms associated with jib cranes include jib length, load radius, jib angle, slew angle and slew speed.

Why buy jib cranes from Hoist UK?

Hoist UK is a reputable manufacturer and supplier of jib cranes with a track record of delivering high-quality lifting solutions. Here are some reasons to consider purchasing jib cranes from us:

Expertise: Hoist UK has extensive knowledge and experience in the lifting industry, ensuring that they can provide expert advice and guidance on selecting the right jib crane for your specific needs.

Customisation: Hoist UK offers customised jib cranes tailored to your requirements, taking into account factors such as load capacity, working environment, and available space.

Quality and reliability: Hoist UK supplies jib cranes from their own Buy British range as well as from reputable European manufacturers known for their quality, durability, and adherence to industry standards.

Service and support: Hoist UK provide excellent customer service, including installation, maintenance, and after-sales support, ensuring the smooth operation of your jib crane.

Do jib cranes require maintenance?

Yes, like any mechanical equipment, jib cranes require regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance, longevity, and safety.

Routine maintenance tasks include inspection, lubrication, and adjustment of components such as brakes, wire ropes, electrical systems, and safety devices.

It is recommended to follow the manufacturer's guidelines and consult qualified professionals for maintenance procedures.

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How often do jib cranes need to be inspected?

Jib cranes should undergo regular statutory inspections under The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) to identify any potential issues and ensure compliance with safety standards. The frequency of inspections may vary depending on factors such as the type of crane, its usage, and the operating environment.

Typically, jib cranes should be inspected at least annually by a suitably trained and competent person, like a Hoist UK engineer who has a suitable level of practical and theoretical knowledge on the items they are inspecting. However, more frequent inspections may be required for cranes operating in demanding conditions or heavy-duty applications or hazardous / high risk areas.

Hoist UK can assist you with all your service and inspection needs for any lifting equipment you are operating on your site.

When purchasing jib cranes, Hoist UK provides a reliable source for high-quality products and excellent customer support, ensuring a successful lifting solution tailored to your needs. Remember to prioritise maintenance and regular inspections to keep your jib crane operating smoothly and safely and only purchase equipment from reputable UK and European crane suppliers such as Hoist UK.

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