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Which crane is suitable for a factory?

The most suitable crane for a factory or workshop is an overhead gantry crane because it can lift up, move and lower back down, heavy items throughout the entire workspace that it’s situated in. *See crane envelope below.

An overhead gantry crane is like the Queen in chess, able to move across, up and down and diagonally over the whole area. See photo below.


Also popular are “Swing Jib” cranes but they fixed in one position, typically in a loading area. These look like a lamppost with an arm that swings through an arc of X degrees. It can only lift and move things within that arc. See photo

Swing jib IMAGE

For more information on jib cranes see here.


Crane Envelope

There is something referred to in the trade as the “crane envelope” which is the actual area the crane can operate in.

This allows for the steel work in the roof taking up some width and the hoist fitments on the gantry preventing the crane from lifting something that is flush to the outer wall.

So, for example if a factory workspace is 20 metres by 12 metres, the actual area the crane could work in might be, 19.5 metres by 11.5 for example.


How do I choose a crane for my factory?

Choosing a crane is an important decision and here at AG Cranes we have many years of real-world experience helping our clients get the best crane to meet their needs.

Even second-hand cranes can be a major expense for your business, so it is important that you choose something that is ideally suited for the work you need it to do.


You need to be sure that you operate a safe working environment, with only trained staff operating the crane.

Maximum Load

What is the maximum working weight you’ll need it to lift? Safety is the always the first concern when it comes to this.

However, there is no point going way over the top buying a crane capable of lifting 30 tonnes if it is never going to lift more than 3 for instance.

What will the crane be lifting?

There are many things to consider based on this. Is the load liquid filled barrels or solid items?

Lift Height

The height of the potential lift is as important as the max weight.

Area covered

After max load, type of load, and height, comes the size of the area of your factory /workshop.


After assessing all the requirements, what’s the cost for such a crane that will meet your needs fully.

AG cranes offers a full range of brand new and second-hand options that can work with most budgets.

We are happy to discuss your lifting requirements, so call us today.


Recent Installations

Below are some details of the latest gantry crane installations from AG Cranes.

Tong Engineering Ltd

Based in Spilsby, Lincolnshire Tong engineering are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of equipment for the vegetable market.

They sell new and used machinery for washing and grading potatoes, carrots, onions and broccoli.

They needed to be able to move the machinery around the warehouse safely, efficiently and quickly.


Tidyco Ltd

Based in Derby Tidyco Ltd founded in 1973, are Hydraulic & pneumatic suppliers for the rail industry.


Activ Design Ltd

Based in North Yorkshire, Activ specialise in the making and fitting marble, granite and quartz items into kitchens and bathrooms etc. Everything is done in-house by their own staff from surveying to fitting.