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Floor Cranes – Also Known as Engine Lifters or Workshop Cranes
A mobile floor crane is also referred to as an engine lifter, garage crane or workshop crane as this is fundamentally what they are used for. A floor crane is an ideal piece of lifting equipment for use in smaller working areas where space is limited. They are also perfect for specific tasks where the load needs to be lifted from directly above but no fixed lifting equipment is in place.
A floor crane can be moved to the load and the cantilevered arm can be positioned directly above. The legs/base can be positioned around the load or slid underneath. Ideal if the object is on a pallet for example. Floor cranes usually incorporate a brake to the wheels to ensure it stays in position whilst the lift is completed.
Cranes Direct offers a couple of versions from leading brand names. The standard floor crane from Steerman and the Heavy Duty Floor Crane from Pfaff. These are names you can trust when associated with lifting equipment and material handling.
The standard model comes with working load limits up to 1000kg and has five different positions for the extending arm. The heavy duty model has 2 versions, a 500kg and a 1000kg model both of which have four extension positions. Depending on the extension and the lift point the lifting capacity may need to be reduced. Always refer to the hand book to confirm by how much.
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 or jib boom. The arm extends out at specific intervals to enable the best placement of the crane hook over the load. With wheels for easy mobility, the chassis may have parallel legs or ‘V’ shaped legs. This will probably affect where they are used and what for. The wheels enable the engine lifter to glide easily under the bonnet. This will enable the arm to be positioned directly over the engine bay.
Heavy Duty Floor Crane
A mobile floor crane is typically used in garages and car repair shops. They are used for lifting out and/or fitting car engines hence the commonly used term ‘engine lifter’. Heavy duty floor cranes such as these are also used for unloading heavy objects off pallets in smaller factories. 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. Heavy duty floor cranes are perfect for removing engines for repair or replacement and come in 500kg and 1000kg sizes.
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 leveler which will correct any discrepancies. Lifts should also be carried out slowly to minimize 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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If you require more information about our standard or heavy duty floor cranes, the sales team at Cranes Direct is always happy to help with any enquiries so contact us today.
Read our blog article on the 5 major floor crane advantages .