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Jib Crane


A Jib Crane can be fixed to a wall or to a floor-mounted pillar. Used mostly in industrial and marine premises, the arm of the jib crane can swing through an arc, giving additional lateral movement or fixed at a required position. The jib cranes can also be fitted on top floors of warehouse buildings to help lift goods to all floors from ground to top.


Having a tough time meeting production quotas or you’re missing that final puzzle piece to streamline your production efficiency? Then, it’s possible that your business requires a jib crane.

Today, we are going to look at the jib crane and how you can apply its functions in your business. But first, let’s dive to understand the meaning of jib crane. Let’s begin!

What is a jib crane?

A jib crane is a type of crane that is frequently used in industrial and marine premises for repetitive or specialised lifting tasks. These cranes are built for the purpose of flexibility and can also be used alongside overhead cranes to increase production and efficiency.

Although the jib crane looks fairly simple in design, it does have good lifting capacities from 125 kgs to 15 000 kgs, depending on the size and model of the crane.

Meanwhile, their ergonomic design offers workers the most comfortable and optimal working experience, enabling them to lift heavy objects with the highest degree of safety and comfort.

The types of jib cranes

Today, there are several types of jib cranes on the market, most designed for different types of industries. There are freestanding jib cranes, mast type jib cranes, wall-mounted jib cranes and many more.

Freestanding Jib Cranes

Freestanding jib cranes are the most commonly used jib crane and can be installed on various construction sites – both indoors and outdoors. These cranes are usually used in open sites where they can support workers’ work cells or under large bridge cranes.

Mast Type Jib Cranes

The mast type jib crane is a top-mounted, cylinder-shaped lifting design. It’s quite similar to a freestanding jib crane, however, they don’t require a special foundation. Instead, a reinforced concrete foundation is only used to support the crane, which provides stability to it.

Wall-mounted Jib Cranes

Another popular choice for industrial purposes is the wall-mounted jib crane. A wall-mounted jib crane is installed directly onto a wall or building columns with a concrete foundation. They’re mainly designed to either swing around obstacles, under existing cranes or fold out of the way while in operation.

The benefits of jib cranes

Jib cranes are widely popular due to their versatility and ease of use. Most jib cranes are very durable and easy to maintain, with many being used for decades before needing replacement. They can also withstand heavy loads, transport heavy objects, and help to increase production and efficiency. They are also quite affordable as they require little to no investment in time, labour or material costs.

The uses of jib cranes

Jib cranes are commonly used in building construction, manufacturing facilities (e.g. mills, factories and fabrication yards), workshops, chemical plants, and even oil rigs and platforms.

Building Construction



Chemical Plants

Oil Rigs and Platforms

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Top Mech is a well-renowned provider of crane solutions for its outstanding craftsmanship and superior customer service. We provide a highly skilled and expert engineering team and are capable of designing and developing jib cranes that are suited to most industrial applications. Don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to attend to your needs.

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There are three distinct designs for freestanding jib cranes in regard to their mounting and installation.
This is known to be a popular choice among operators due to its flexibility and quick installation. The mast is directly connected to the base plate and onto a concrete foundation. A gusset is then added to secure the foundation.
This design comes with a welded steel plate at the bottom of the mast which is inserted into the concrete foundation. Instead of using gussets to lock stability, a second concrete is poured to support the mast.
Just like insert-mounted, the sleeve-inserted design has a welded steel plate at the bottom of the mast which is inserted into the concrete foundation. This design is useful if you plan to relocate jib cranes to other areas of the site.

Freestanding jib crane

There are two cantilever design options for mast type jib cranes – full cantilever and drop-mounted cantilever.

Mast-type jib cranes are also a great choice for industrial environments as they can provide maximum reach and flexibility. They also allow workers to remain safe while performing heavy lifting tasks.

Mast Type Jib Cranes

The main advantage of using wall-mounted jib cranes is that they can be more easily manoeuvred and offer a wider operating range.

This type of crane has two design options: cantilever and tie-rod support.
The only disadvantage of wall-mounted jib cranes is that their functionality does not permit full 360° movement. Otherwise, jib systems are known as one of the most economical units of their kind in price and design.