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A convenient solution for lifting small cumbersome heavy materials is a floor crane, which is a small compact sturdy hydraulic device designed with the strength and stability necessary to lift several pounds effortlessly. In situations where parts, equipment, and tools are too heavy to be moved by hand, mobile hydraulic cranes can handle the job safely and effectively. Read More…

Floor Cranes A convenient solution for lifting small cumbersome heavy materials is a floor crane, which is a small compact sturdy hydraulic device designed with the strength and stability necessary to lift several pounds effortlessly. In situations where parts, equipment, and tools are too heavy to be moved by hand, mobile hydraulic cranes can handle the job safely and effectively.
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Fishers, NY  |  844-268-7055

Gorbel®, Inc. is an innovator and leader in producing bridge cranes for the industry. Gorbel® provides a wide variety of overhead handling solutions that handle loads from fifty pounds up to forty tons. Contact us today and we will work with you to find the best product for your unique application. Call or visit our website for additional information.

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Gorbel Inc. $$$

Indianapolis, IN  |  800-632-4451

An employee-owned company, Brehob Corporation's Crane and Hoist division offers products for sale that can be customized for diverse applications.

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Brehob Corporation $$$

Springfield, OH  |  937-525-5533

The superior ruggedness, dependability & know-how Konecranes puts into their custom overhead cranes, rebuilds & mods means customers get highly engineered machines that outperform & outlast in even the toughest conditions. Built for your application, we offer single & double girder cranes, hoists, runway systems, crane components & installation. Lowest owning/operating cost of any overhead crane!

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Konecranes, Inc. $$$

Nappanee, IN  |  574-646-2015

PWI cranes are ready to help with any of your material handling needs. Our overhead bridge cranes are typically for heavy-duty material handling needs. Workstation cranes are lightweight and can be installed in any workspace. Jib cranes provide an excellent way to transfer material from on station to another. Gantry cranes work great for moving overhead cranes to different areas. Our team is ready to help you decide which crane is right for you.

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PWI $$$

Kiefer, OK  |  800-474-5600

Bridge Crane is a problem-solving organization that specializes in customized design, manufacturing, installation, and servicing of overhead and work station crane systems. We are dedicated to safety, efficiency, and practical solutions to meet our customer’s material handling needs.

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Bridge Crane Specialists, Ltd. $$$

Harrison, OH  |  513-202-1408

We offer a variety of bridge cranes including underhung single girders and top running bridge cranes. We break those categories down further into manual and motor driven. All of our bridge cranes provide the advantage of outstanding speed control. It is our mission to provide excellent customer service while providing products that cannot be topped.

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Cincinnati Crane & Hoist $$$
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Though these specially engineered pieces of equipment may have the appearance of a flimsy metal construction, they are an extremely reliable means for lifting a wide assortment of materials from huge truck engines to certain forms of stamping equipment. Their flexibility, mobility, and adaptability has led to their increased popularity and use.

What is a Floor Crane?

Most cranes are large heavy-duty equipment capable of lifting several tons with little effort. Ceiling or wall mounted, they are a necessity for handling large steel parts and equipment that may need to be loaded for shipment or moved for processing. As essential has these large cranes are, they have limited range and mobility.

The development of the floor crane is an answer to situations where there are items that need to be moved but are only a few cubic feet and located on a shelf, a workbench, or in a hard-to-reach space. These mobile hydraulic cranes are a few feet high with a jib that extends from a single support.

Depending on the type of floor crane, they can have legs that extend out under the jig or legs that extend backward with a counterbalancing support. Regardless of their structure, all mobile hydraulic small cranes lift using a hydraulic system that can be hand or motor operated.

The design of small mobile hydraulic cranes determines their weight capacity. Smaller varieties can lift a hundred pounds or more while higher capacity types can lift several hundred pounds. In all cases, the lifting mechanism depends on some form of hydraulic system.

Types of Floor Cranes –

The types and design of small mobile cranes varies according to the application for which they have been engineered and designed. The initial dividing factor is their hydraulic system. Hand pumped hydraulic cranes have a lever or crank that transfers the oil that pushes the ram up for lift and releases the oil when a load is being lowered.

Motorized mobile cranes are activated when the motor is engaged and have a knob or switch that determines whether it is lifting or lowering. The motors are attached to the crane or are part of a detached battery pack. Close cranes have their legs located behind the support and jib. This design allows the crane unobstructed access to the load. In order to keep the crane from dipping forward when lifting, it has counterweights mounted on the rear facing legs. The counterweight can be adjusted to fit the type of load.

The traditional and more common form of floor crane has legs that are extended under the jib to offer support for the load and maintain balance. As with close cranes, ones with the legs extended under the jib have a hydraulic pump or pumps attached to the jib’s support.