New Demag V-Type Overhead Crane Design

V type Overhead Crane DemagRecently posted through my door was the industry wide ‘Lift & Hoist International’ magazine to which I dived straight in to and am delighted to share with you one of the most interesting and revolutionary ideas brought to the table by globally recognised ‘Demag Cranes & Components’.

Recently acquired by the Terex group; Demag are regarded as one of the best. Manufacturing only the highest quality cranes featuring the latest technology, the reason these are not the cheapest on the market is simply down to the astronomical amount of dedicated research and development that goes in to every Demag product.

The V-Type overhead crane design is set to change the way manufacturers develop cranes FOREVER! Boasting lightweight revolutionary design combined with double service life, improved efficiency, improved safety, higher load capacity and reduced oscillation by 30%. The height of the new Demag V-Type height can be adjusted in fine increments enabling precise positioning when installing. Less wheel pressure meaning less wear and tear on some of the vital and most expensive components is always a bonus for buyers of the new V-Type crane.

Used Cranes- How, What, Where; The Ultimate Buyers Guide

Buying a Used Crane is not something many of us do every day. In this short guide I aim to outline a few things when it comes to making that big decision on the gamble of a Used Crane over a new one!

Old Used CraneAge- I know as the old saying goes ‘age isn’t everything’ however with Used Cranes it kind of is, in fact it will pay dividends to buy the newest crane you can, you just have to be savvy to get the right price. As you can imagine with common sense I am sure, a newer crane will last longer (providing it was of decent quality to begin with). You should aim to purchase something up to 15 years old if you want it to really last you the next 15-20 years or so, and that really is achievable, provided you choose a reputable manufacturer then you will be able to get spare parts for the next 50 years or so, realistically you could own this crane for up to 50 years if good care and maintenance is undertaken, form a good relationship with your supplier and negotiate a preferential rate on servicing of your crane, after all they will want to secure your ongoing business, remember stay savvy when punting for a Used Crane, it’s a lot like buying a used car or machinery.

Used overhead Crane 3.2 Tonne

Brand Awareness- As I am sure you are aware salesman will do anything to get your money in some cases, choosing a reputable brand is important, don’t let anyone steer you in to a brand nobody recognises as this will cause havoc when you need to replace worn parts, check the manufacturer is still in business before considering any crane as many come and go over the years. Reputable brands that I can recommend are: Stahl, Demag, Kone, Verlinde, Fellows Stringer, Street, Abus, Morris (out of business, however spare parts still easily located), there are a few others but if you have any you wish to run by me then please feel free to comment, send me images and I will let you know my personal opinion on the crane you are thinking of buying.

Lifestyle of The Crane- This is very important, if your being offered a crane that worked in a foundry but has recently been painted you may want to look in to this further as it’s likely to have had a tough life. If your crane has worked in a glass factory it’s quite likely that it has been used to its capacity however it’s probably been in a clean environment and always been cared for.

Used Crane MaintenanceMaintenance Records- Maintenance records for Used Cranes can reveal a lot to a buyer, these will be official documents from an inspection body and there should be one document for each year that the crane has been inspected (LOLER regulations require 12 monthly inspections on Overhead Cranes) this report will outline any defects found with the crane. One can quite easily infer from these reports as to how the crane has been maintained. For example if the report in 2013 states that there is a gearbox leak and that the gearbox has low oil levels and that immediate action should be taken and the same again in 2014 then it’s evident that the recommended maintenance has not been undertaken. However this is not everything, just something to consider, minor things like this may not even impact the crane significantly however it is always advised that you ask the questions and put your mind at ease. It can be a painful wait for your Used Crane especially if you have not seen it before.


Used Crane DealerThe Dealer- What do you know about your crane dealer? Always check that they are a reputable company that has been around for some time, ask them for case studies on their previous supply if in doubt, note that a reputable dealer will show evidence of supply on their website, if they don’t it is a sign that they are probably not the kind of crane dealer you want to be buying from as you never know, three months down the line they could be gone, your five tonne crane you picked up for £3,000 cash now has no warranty and your stuck with no one familiar to assist and of course that means approaching a servicing company that will certainly not offer preferential rates should you be experiencing a breakdown. Remember a cheap crane is not always the best deal, think long term and save your company money, time, stress and downtime. If you want my advice I have purchased many Used Cranes in the past and have always used a company called Crane Handling in Stourbridge, UK. A professional and friendly team who have always been fair with me on price, their connections in the crane industry are global and not only have I used them for supply but also for the maintenance over the past 8 years, I never even have to pick the phone up to them they just drop me an email every 12 months and arrange a convenient date, the last thing I wanted was to be confused by having several different crane companies doing different jobs such as one to supply, one to install, one to test and one to maintain.

If you need any advice on a Used Overhead Crane you are considering purchasing then please feel free to leave a comment and I will let you know my honest opinion.

Electric Chain Hoists for Wind Farm Maintenance

GIS Specialist GCH WIND Wind Turbine Hoist featuring cone to cover the hook when hoisting to prevent snagging as well as a unique chain collector, upper & lower limits and much more

GIS Specialist GCH WIND Wind Turbine Hoist featuring cone to cover the hook when hoisting to prevent snagging as well as a unique chain collector, upper & lower limits and much more

Whether it be lifting tools or shifting components in order to maintain the modern day wind turbines which are rapidly popping up just about everywhere, the Electric Chain Hoist is perfectly suited to the job, however not just any hoist, only few will do!

The one of two that fits the bill is the Lodestar Electric Chain Hoist, the second of the two is a GIS Electric Chain Hoist (GIS also offer a special GCH WIND model hoist which is actually designed for the wind turbine market) the Swiss manufactured hoist is a favourite among many in the market (The Lodestar is manufactured in Virginia, USA).

A hoist to fit the requirement will need to run three phase power (you can run single phase but you will have to take many breaks as the motor gets hotter faster- you have a lower duty rating with single phase hoists) the hoist will need long heights of lift maybe up to 120m, dual speed hoisting operation with hook suspension (or other depending on the application). Many will request stainless chains but this is not necessary and is very expensive/impossible at this height of lift, simply lubricate and you will be fine.

An idea for cost, something like this will most likely be in the region of £2,500.00-£5,000.00 per unit ($4,215.00-$8,430.00).

Chain Hoists and Rigging Motors EVERYWHERE!

This past weekend we visited the O2 arena in London, needless to say it was heaving! Not only with people but also with rigging motors and electric chain hoists, literally everywhere, holding up signs, screens, trussing, lighting, speakers to name but a few!

This really goes to show that there is no lack in the market for requirement as there are hundreds of these mega arenas all around the country such as football clubs and even airports, this is great for the market and the industries economy as I am confident it is on the rise, all of my contacts across the market tell me nothing but positive things with steady growth. As it has it I was contacted by a university doing a survey on the market, it was very in depth and lasted around 40 minutes, every kind of question was asked and my opinion was noted, at the end the lady provided me with feedback on what other people had been saying, it was very positive and a steady growth year on year until 2020 was predicted which is nothing but good news for everyone in sales and hire of rigging gear.

I was amazed at the site of all these hoists and the technical rigging that goes in to these systems, the guys that set them up are very talented and deserve much credit, hats off!

Container Handling Solutions

I get asked about container lifting solutions every day and which one is most suitable- to be honest it really depends on the application (Yes durrrr I know your lifting containers) but it does depend on how you wish to do it and what equipment and budget you have in mind.

For sure you can lift containers using a crane but its about what is between the container and crane that really matters to avoid damage to the load or improper rigging technique. Containers should be carefully lifted without tilting or tipping the load, this helps when also laying them down on the deck of a ship.

Types of container lifting solutions on todays market are:

  • Full container lifting frames- these are frames that are the same size as the container if you were looking down on it, these usually feature container lugs on all 4 lifting points which connect with the container a lock in to place at the command from the operator (or even automatically on more advanced equipment). By far the most common solution and there is only really need for one lifting frame per crane/hoist. Mostly used in dockside transport where the sides of containers cannot be accessed once they are stacked on a boat, creating the need for a ‘picking’ technique.
  • Container Lifting Lugs and Chain Slings- Very commonly used in small ports or in applications where the person rigging the crane can easily access the locking points for the lugs. There are two types of lugs, side lifting and top lifting- side lifting can only be used if there is clear access to the bottom sides of the containers where as top lifting lugs can be used in applications like loading and unloading from vessels alike the frame- lots cheaper however there is more work involved in attaching and removing the lugs before and after transport.
  • Mobile container handlers which look similar to a large forklift with a long reach container frame are often the choice for large ports where containers have to be transported on land to areas where cranes cannot reach. These tractor like machines are very powerful and can lift up to 45000kg which covers most container loads. 


Replacing Load Chains or Wire Ropes

If you operate any type of hoist or crane you will know that a brief daily inspection of equipment is simply just safe practise and should never be disregarded. One day it is likely that your daily check will reveal excessive wear on the hoists wire rope or load chain, this requires action sooner rather than later and that action is to replace the rope or chain.

Many believe that you can simply order the same diameter rope and length expecting it to work or the same gauge chain expecting it to run. If only life were so simple! These cheeky hoist manufacturers want your business and they want it again and again! So they specially manufacture chains and ropes for their hoists and sometimes place rights upon that design. Playing carefully the manufacturers never release enough information to manufacture the rope and there for forcing the customer and middle man to buy from the manufacturer the official rope or chain.

This of course has its ups and downs- the manufacturers tend to take advantage to the fact that they are the only place you can get replacements which means sky high prices for end users, however should something ever go wrong you will usually have the backing of the manufacturers warranty which is not effected with the use of genuine parts. Be safe not sorry, always use genuine replacements, if somebody tries to offer you different- you have been warned!

Lifting Gear Safety

It is important to always consider safety when using lifting equipment, when performing a heavy lift one should always perform a risk assessment before actually making a lift. Should you not be familiar with this your local rigging company should be able to assist you and advise you accordingly, obviously this can come at a price.

When working at height weather on a large rig or when using lifting gear one should always use height safety equipment to ensure total fall protection, there are lots and lots of companies out there that you can search for on the internet or even locally that offer everything you need in terms of Lifting Gear Safety.

Jib Cranes For Manufacturing

Processes in factories take time, especially if it involves lifting loads that strain the worker there for causing them to slow down, these types of processes can be completed much quicker with the assistance of Lifting Equipment such as Jib Cranes.

Swing Jibs offer horizontal and vertical travel, ideal for suspending tools and lifting loads with capacities up to 5 Tonnes with standard deliveries there is pretty much a Jib Crane to suit all manufacturing where localised lifting and transporting is required. Jib Cranes can be manual or electrically operated depending on the specification requirements and buyer budget with single or dual speed operation.

Some companies on the market offer installation and commissioning of Jib Cranes while others just supply and deliver.

Points to consider when purchasing a Jib Crane:

  • Do you have a forklift on site? If not there are solutions
  • Is there clear access to the building for installation such as roller shutter doors to allow the forklift to enter the area?
  • Will you require a floor counter plate or do you prefer to drill the floor and add a base plate?
  • How long can you wait?
  • Is there a 3 phase power supply?

There is lots more to consider when purchasing a Jib Crane but those are the most important points of information that one would require. Others would include things like capacity, height of lift, sizes of the crane, speeds and that nature of things which can again be tailored to suit a budget.

Electric Chain Hoists- Latest Offers on the UK Market

Electric Chain Hoists are rather expensive items and when it comes to purchasing one you want to be sure that you have the lowest price without compromising quality. Many of the top brands import their hoists from the far east; well established, Yale offer German manufactured Electric Chain Hoists at new super competitive prices!

Cranes-UK are distributors of the Yale CPV and CPE models which are both very robust and manufactured to perform to the optimum. As a brand- need I say anymore? The CPV range features upper and lower limit switches and overload protection as standard and can be fitted with a lug, hook or trolley of your choice. Usually in 400v 3phase both models can be requested in alternative voltages. Up to 20% can be saved right now on all CPV models.

Contact the sales team who will be happy to assist with your requirements.

Electric Chain Hoists with Radio Control

ImageStandardly an Electric Chain Hoist is operated by a hard-wired low voltage pendant control, but like with all things, there are levels and one of the optional extras is “Radio Control”.

Radio control is principally like operating your TV except for your TV operates over Inferred and an Electric Chain Hoist with Radio Control operated over radio frequency; a stronger and most reliable signal that can be operated from a further distance.

Radio control enables the operator to stand at a safe distance from the load when operating the hoist also giving them a better view and angle of the load when hoisting in to place or loading/unloading a truck or delivery. Radio remote control is often required as standard in applications like gas and nuclear where being close to the load is considered a danger there for it is essential to have radio control with all electric chain hoists.