Jib Cranes

Jib Cranes are lightweight crane systems usually featured in factory production lines and other similar light-duty lifting applications. Standard Jib Crane Sytems often feature safe working loads of up to 5000kg (5 Tonnes), however, advanced custom-built systems can be adapted to cater to larger capacities.

All of our Jib Crane Systems, also known as Swing Arm Cranes, are shipped with Certificates of Conformity, but should be tested by a qualified lifting equipment inspector once installed - LES can provide this service should you require it. Our national team of engineers is capable of installing, testing, and certifying your crane to ensure that you are fully set up and ready to achieve optimal productivity and efficiency.

This guide should help you to understand the basics of our lightweight Jib Crane Systems.

Height of Lift: This is the measurement from the floor to the underside of the Jib Arm (Boom). This is measured in metres and is always required to quote.

Outreach: This is the length of the jib arm that the hoist runs along. This is also measured in metres and is necessary for all quotations.

SWL: The 'Safe Working Load' (maximum lifting capacity).

Angle of Rotation: This is how far you wish for your system to rotate, for example, 180 degrees or 270 degrees.

Type of Job Crane: This is really the initial question, the biggest question if you like. You need to decide if your system is to be mounted on a floor-standing pillar or mounted on a secure wall. And will it need to be a low-headroom or regular headroom variation?

Type of Hoist: Electric or Manual Chain Hoists can be used with basic jib cranes, with Wire Rope Hoists better suited for larger models,

Hoist Suspension: Your hoist can be suspended in a number of ways:

  1. Push Travel Suspension: This is where the hoist is physically pushed or pulled along the arm
  2. Geared Travel Suspension: The hoist is moved along the arm by pulling a hand chain to turn the wheels of the trolley
  3. Electric Travel Suspension: The hoist travels along the boom electronically, controlled via a low-voltage pendant control or wireless remote unit.


As you can see there are many considerations when choosing your Jib assembly. Our Sales Team understands that it can be a daunting task, but they are on hand to ensure that you choose the correct system to suit your requirements. Why not give us a call or fill in our Online Enquiry Form to discuss with our team. They are eagerly awaiting your call.