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A floor-mounted jib crane often provides the most lift for the money. They range in size from standard 150-pound to 5-ton, or custom 10-ton or higher capacity.

There are many features of a jib crane to consider. We offer a wide variety of floor-mounted jib cranes available to match your precise needs. Here's a guide on how to choose the right jib crane for your project.

The Jib Crane Basics

The design is typically straightforward, with the jib connecting directly to the mast. Usually, a movable hoist is attached to the jib to provide lift. The crane is able to rotate through a set number of degrees, up to and including full 360-degree rotation, depending on the model.
These cranes have three degrees of movement:

  • Rotational
  • Traversing
  • Vertical

The hoist uses a trolly to move along the jib. The hoist, trolley, and rotation can be hand-powered in light-duty cranes, whereas both are typically motor-powered as the crane's size increases.

The Floor Mounted Jib Crane

Jib cranes can be either floor or wall mount types. Specialty jib cranes are also available. Floor mount cranes usually offer the greatest versatility for the price since their load can be transferred directly through the mast to the foundation. Most other types of cranes require outside structural support.

Light-duty cranes can be either foundationless or freestanding. Large loads will always require a foundation. We specify the required foundation and sub-foundation necessary to use our cranes safely.

The Best Uses

Floor-mounted jib cranes are often the most versatile types of crane in each weight class. They are compact, meaning they not only fit in tight spaces but can supplement overhead cranes to increase worker efficiency. They can be weatherized for outdoor use and can quickly transfer items between work areas.

Hoosier Crane Endless Options

We can help walk you through the best floor-mounted jib crane for your needs. You can also use our online menu to narrow your selection and make a choice easier. Some of the key attributes that will decide what crane you need are

  • Mounting Type
  • Lift Capacity
  • Span
  • Height Under Boom (HUB)
  • Power requirements

Foundationless cranes can be easily moved and are ideal for light jobs. Freestanding cranes require a certain area for the foundation, along with clearance for the jib and mast.

The lift capacity should take into consideration any expansion of duties or business that's expected. The span and HUB should be carefully planned based on any obstructions or issues.

If you need 360 degrees of rotation, make sure you include that, too! Power requirements should also be included. We're the region's most trusted authority in jib cranes. We install and maintain all types of cranes, including our 24/7 emergency service.