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Floor Cranes – Also Known as Engine or Workshop Cranes
Floor cranes are also referred to as engine cranes or workshop cranes as this is fundamentally what they are used for. Cranes Direct offer two versions from leading brand names, the standard floor crane from Steerman and the Heavy Duty Floor Crane from Pfaff.
Easy-to-Transport Mobile Floor Cranes
A floor crane is a type of mini jib crane which can be folded up for easy transportation and storage, hence why they are often referred to as mobile floor cranes. They are easy to erect and fold and use hydraulic rams for vertically raising the cantilevered arm. The arm or boom extends out at specific intervals to enable the best placement of the crane hook over the load to be lifted. With wheels for easy mobility, the chassis may have parallel legs or ‘V’ shaped which may affect where they are used and what for.
Where are Floor Cranes Used
A mobile floor crane is typically used in garages and car repair shops for lifting out and/or fitting car engines, although they are also used for unloading heavy objects off a pallet in smaller factories and industrial units, in fact a mobile floor crane will likely solve many of your workshop lifting requirements and may be used by both professional and amateur mechanics.
How a Floor Crane is used
Floor cranes are designed to be an easy to use piece of lifting equipment, once the arm is raised, simply position the crane over the load to be lifted, attach the load securely (via a chain or web sling) to the hook at the end of the jib arm, then you simply attach the lever to the hydraulic system and crank up and down, this will raise the load with minimal effort. The lever is positioned to the side for easy and unhindered movement.
There are some important safety factors to remember when using a mobile floor crane; You should always ensure that the lifting capacity of the crane is greater than the load to be lifted, you should also note that when using the arm in extended positions the capacity will be reduced according to the position so you must follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure the lifting capacity is not exceeded. Floor cranes must be used on even ground for good stability and the load should be in line with the centre of gravity, if these criteria are not met it could cause the crane to become unstable and topple over.
Sometimes, especially when lifting an engine, it is difficult to evenly balance the load; in these circumstances you should consider using a load leveller which will correct any discrepancies. Lifts should also be carried out slowly to minimise excessive movement of the load which could cause instability.
It is not recommended to move a floor crane whilst under load; however for the removal of engines it is acceptable to slowly and carefully move the crane with the engine attached to a close by, safe location and set down immediately, loads should not be left suspended for long periods.
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