Do’s and Don’ts When Working with a Floor Crane 

Floor Crane Tips

Floor cranes (also known as engine cranes or workshop cranes), resemble a small jib crane, and are perfect for lifting, suspending and lowering lighter loads, hence the reason for their use in lifting engines or in workshops. With its different size and different capabilities, there are a new set of rules that must be considered when using a floor crane. Below we examine some floor crane tips and the do’s and don’ts when working with floor cranes. 

Do make use of its portable, lightweight nature

Floor cranes, which you may also sometimes see being referred to as engine cranes or workshop cranes, are small, portable, and lightweight in nature. They also have wheels attached to either end of their V-shaped base, making them perfect for multiple uses within multiple areas of your work environment as they can be moved around easily. 

Many floor cranes are also foldable, though not all are so be sure to check beforehand, which means that not only can they be easily moved around your worksite, they can also be transported without hassle between multiple worksites. Be sure to make use of the adaptable nature of floor cranes!

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An example of a floor crane 

Do carefully read the instructions on how to operate your floor crane

A floor crane has been designed in such a way so as to be easy to setup and operate, but still be sure to carefully read the operational instructions before use to avoid any injury or damage. Once the arm of your floor crane is raised, simply position it over the load that you want lifting. Then attach the load carefully using a lifting accessory such as a chain sling, and then use the lever that you have attached to the floor crane to lift or lower your load. 

Do follow safety advice carefully

Floor cranes are not fixed in a set location, so one of the top floor crane tips is to be sure to follow the safety advice provided carefully when operating this piece of equipment. They must be used on even ground with the load directly in line with the centre point of gravity, ensuring that the load is not heavier than the lifting capacity of the floor crane. Follow these steps to avoid your floor crane toppling over. 

Don’t try and lift more than its lifting capacity

It may be tempting to use the floor crane for other lifting tasks other than the ones that you had previously purchased it for, but remember that a floor crane is able to handle less weight than other cranes that we have on offer. Our floor cranes can handle up to 1000Kg of weight; if you need heavier lifting than this completed then consider one of our other products.   

Don’t rush lifting tasks with a floor crane

Floor cranes typically lift at a slower pace than other pieces of equipment such as electric hoists, so be patient when using it, especially if you are dealing with delicate objects such as car engines. The pace at which a floor crane can operate is still more than satisfactory, and so is not a disadvantage to using this piece of equipment.

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A floor crane lifting a car engine 

Don’t forget to regularly check your floor crane!

We recommend regular inspections on all pieces of lifting equipment in case there is a need for maintenance. Floor cranes are a highly reliable item and a simple lubrication of moving parts from time to time should keep it working smoothly, but be sure to regularly inspect the hydraulic jack and lifting accessory, as these do the most work in lifting a load. 

Want to know more?

If you’re unsure what tasks a floor crane is best suited to, and whether it will be the right piece of equipment for you, please do not hesitate to contact us here


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