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What Are Spider Cranes and When Are They Used?

There are many different types of cranes available for hire, each suited to various different jobs and tasks. Spider cranes, also called mini-cranes, are a specific type of crane that is commonly used for lifting heavy loads in confined spaces. They are a popular choice because they are very effective while still being a fairly small piece of machinery. You will likely see them being used for construction and maintenance projects in urban areas where there isn’t much space. They are great for many types of projects including building restoration and maintenance.


Here’s everything you need to know about spider cranes.



Spider crane


The invention of spider cranes

Spider cranes first came about in Japan in the 1970s. It was at this time that we started seeing more construction in built-up areas which required companies to create innovative solutions for their construction and demolition work. It was first based on the idea that there needed to be a crane that could fit into small spaces and was small enough to be transported easily. The first spider crane was created and was a huge success, being picked up by multiple construction companies across the globe.


Since then we have seen huge changes in the spider crane with new advancements and technologies. One huge change was adding a hydraulic system which allowed the cranes to lift even more efficiently. Later on, remote-controlled systems were added which allowed operators to use the crane at a safe distance.


Industries and applications

You will probably see the spider crane in many different industries. They are commonly used for tasks like installing glass panels in high-rise buildings and steel erection projects. Spider cranes are great for this kind of job because they are able to manoeuvre between buildings and reach heights of up to 16 metres. Spider cranes can even be used inside buildings which makes them great for so many different jobs.


Spider crane rental options

Spider crane hire is a great way to get your hands on this helpful piece of material and make sure you can get the job done right. At Macsalvors Plant Hire Ltd, we have a great range of spider cranes and compact cranes for hire to suit any job. Whatever your requirements, get in touch with the team today and we can advise you on the right options.

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