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Everything You Need To Know About Hiab Cranes and Trucks

Surprisingly, once you know exactly what they are, Hiab trucks are fairly recognisable. The construction and transport industries wouldn’t be the same without them, so it’s great to know what they are used for and what they do.

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Defining Hiab Cranes and Trucks

The name may seem unusual, but is in fact quite easily explained. It is an abbreviation of Hydrauliska Industri AB, a Swedish company founded by Eric Sundin in 1944. The company went on to design and invent a truck-mounted hydraulic crane in 1947, which we would recognise today as a Hiab crane.


Hydraulics work by the force of liquid pressure, allowing cranes with these systems to carry heavy loads. This makes Hiab trucks, for example, brilliant for lifting heavy cargo with ease while remaining lightweight enough to be transportable.

How They Are Used

Thanks to their versatility, Hiab cranes are used in many ways. They can be used for harbourside jobs, for example, carrying boats and cargo from ships with ease. Equally, they are important in the construction industry, with the ability to carry site accommodation and industrial machinery, ready to be transported elsewhere.


See below some examples of other items able to be carried by Hiab trucks.

●      Site materials

●      Transformer generators

●      Shipping containers

●      Heavy machinery

●      Jackleg cabins

●      Large kitchen equipment

●      Skips

●      Recycling containers


Remember, this list isn’t exhaustive! Should you need to transport goods, a Hiab truck may well be useful. Contact your local and trusted crane rental company for more information and to check with the experts.

Benefits of Their Use

When it comes to getting the job done, a Hiab truck can be a real asset. In this section, you can read some key benefits of using a Hiab crane.



As mentioned above, the use of Hiab trucks is far from limited. This makes them versatile on the worksite, allowing them to do multiple jobs quickly and efficiently. Having several cranes on a worksite is a thing of the past, as Hiab cranes can replace the need for them.


Following on from their versatility, Hiab trucks are beneficial to a worksite because of how compact they are. For small worksites, fitting in the heavy plant machinery needed can be a challenge. Instead, compact Hiab trucks can fit themselves into smaller worksites, manoeuvring themselves in and out again.

Budget Friendly

By removing the need for multiple types of machinery on a worksite, Hiab cranes are also budget-friendly. When completing a construction project, fitting within a budget can be difficult. Luckily, hiring a Hiab crane can provide what is needed without renting multiple costly cranes.

What We Do

At Macsalvors Plant Hire, we pride ourselves on our range of lorry loaders and Hiab cranes. With a friendly team who can assist you along the way, our crane rental services are fantastic for getting the job done. Read our guidance on how to hire a crane for support in finding the right crane for your project.


Visit our website to learn more about our crane hire services, or get in touch with us directly today.

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