Underslung Crane Systems

Girders are fixed under steel gantry framework
Ideal for low ceiling areas
Lifting Capacities up to 25 tonne
Maximum Hook Travel


An underslung crane is just one of the various types of overhead cranes that Cranes Direct can offer direct to you. Installations, servicing and inspections as well as repair services are also offered to all cranes and lifting equipment.

What is an underslung Crane?

Typical overhead cranes run on top of the steel beam / gantry system, while an underslung crane runs underneath these beams or tracks. These cranes can be fitted to existing steel framework within the building structure. They can often be suspended in central areas, not necessarily the outer edges. This enables a more convenient lifting system and one which could be more cost efficient.

Key Benefits

There are a number of key advantages when using an underslung over head crane system. The main benefit is that it is perfect for buildings with a low ceiling height. This is because the crane with all moving parts sit just under the existing roof with the gantry tracks being fitted to existing roof / steel work. Thus eliminating the need for building columns and so maximising the lifting potential without impeding on the work space.

A further benefit is that you gain valuable hook travel. The hoist and hook can travel over the complete length of the crane bridge/beam right the way up to the very edge. Thus giving you the maximum hook approach possible. This is achievable because the beam extends under the end carriage. Whereas with a top running crane the hook can only reach up to the end carriage.

Furthermore it is possible to have extended lateral overhangs which will make it possible for the hoist and load to travel past the end carriage of the crane. This type is ideal when using the underslung crane system away from the outer edge of the factory.


The trolley and hoist system on these types of cranes will fit and travel along the underside of the main bridge and features numerous features – see the specification tab for more information.

Types Available

We can offer underslung cranes in single girder, double girder and multi-span configurations with hoisting equipment to suit. Offering crane spans over 100 metres and with safe working loads up to 20 tonne. Not sure what type of crane you need, reading our blog on selection tips may help.

Crane services such as inspections, breakdowns, servicing and repairs are also available, see our crane services page here.



Here are some technical details regarding the general hoisting system which comes in various formats to fit our overhead crane systems.

overhead crane hoists

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