Spider Cranes at Vacuum & Crane

Compact cranes available for lifting materials and equipment…

Spider Crane Hire: An Introduction

We have a great range of compact cranes available for lifting materials and equipment. When you have minimal room to use a traditional crane, mini cranes are the answer. These cranes are slim enough to fit through a standard door, deliver up to 4.0 tons of lifting power and retain excellent maneuverability.

With its unique pentagonal boom and super slim profile this mini crane range is the most flexible range of cranes on the market. Motor options include diesel and electric versions. Used in conjunction with vacuum lifting equipment, they offer safe and speedy methods of installation.

Our mini cranes are extremely compact yet can provide the capacity and reach of much larger machines, lifting loads up to 6 tonnes. They are the perfect solution in areas with restricted access or limited working space.

The mini crane range includes 4 cranes ranging from the ultra compact MC285 to the advanced MC405, each providing an excellent balance of design, workability & maneuverability. Whether you need a simple self-operated hire, or an entirely planned contract lift service – we are here to help. Our fleet of mini cranes is continually expanding to deliver solutions to lifting difficulties to our customers.

Need assistance operating a Spider crane?

Find out about our contract lift service. We also offer onsite familiarisation if you haven’t used these machines before and are unsure how to operate them.

MC285 Spider Crane

The MC285 boxes way above its weight with a massive 2.82 ton lifting capacity while measuring just 750mm wide when stowed. Its slim body can fit through most doorways allowing access to areas previously inaccessible to standard cranes. With an impressive 2.82t lift capacity and optional 850kg searcher hook, this mini crane is perfect for glazing projects.

This Mini Crane has proven to be one of the most popular models of mini crane and is used in many varied applications. The latest version of the MC285 model features improved safety features, a 4/2 fall hook block as standard and is faster and easier to operate than ever before.

Features
  • Programmable Moment Limiter
  • Tilt Sensor/Alarm
  • Rubber Tracks
  • Remote Control
  • Will go through single doorway
  • Load Ground Pressure
  • Optional 850kg Searcher hook
Technical Sheet
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Model

MC-285C

Crane capacity

2.82t x 1.4 m

Max. working radius

8.205 m

Max. lifting height

Approx 8.7 m

Hook speed

9.3m / min. (4 falls, 4th layer)

Wire rope

IWRC 6 x Fi (29) Ø7mm x 48 m

Telescopic system (boom length)

2.535 m – 8.575 m

Telescopic system (telescoping speed)

6.04 m / 22 sec

Telescopic system (boomtype)

Fully automatic 5 section pentagonal telescopic boom

Slewing angle / speed

360º continuous / 1.0 rpm

Outrigger

1st stage with flexible stay damper, 2nd stage manual pullout, hydraulic cylinder direct acting type

Traction system (drive)

Hydrostatic type, stepless forward and reverse

Traction system (travel speed)

0-2.2 km / h

Traction system (gradability)

20º

Traction system (crawler ground length)

975 mm

Traction system (ground pressure)

0.497 kgf / cm² (0.537 kgf / cm² CRME)

Traction system (crawler width)

200 mm

Engine (Model)

Yanmar 2TNV70-NMBA

Engine (Max. output)

7.4 kW / 2500 rpm

Engine (starting method)

Electric starting

Engine (fuel)

Diesel

Engine (fuel tank capacity)

12L

Overall length x overall width x overall height

2750 mm x 750 mm x 1470 mm

Machine weight

1960 kg

Standard Equipment

Overwind protection, hour meter, digital feedback remote control, black rubber tracks, hydraulic safety valves, level, tilt alarm, EMO switch, moment limiter, working status lamp, data logger, outrigger interlock system, 4-fall / 2-fall hook block

Optional equipment

White rubber tracks, Single fall hook, 300kg / 850kg searcher hook, Radio remote control, Slew restrictor, Engine heater, Hydraulic heater, Spark arrestor, 900kg Auxiliary winch

Maeda-MC285CB-3 Eco Electric Mini Crane

MC285CB-3 Electric Spider Crane

This is the first fully electric powered mini crane from Maeda. With zero emissions, it can be used safely in sensitive indoor environments and when regulations need to be adhered to. Some of the benefits include improved energy efficiency and productivity, reduced ventilation needs as well as the clear environmental aspect.

With a lithium-ion battery, this crane can be operated continuously for over 9 hours and be fully charged in only 3.5 hours. The battery-operated crane has a maximum capacity of 2.82 ton x 1.4m. Maximum lifting height on the ground is 8.7m and the maximum working radius is 8.205m x 0.15t. All this is incorporated into this innovative piece of engineering that weighs in at only 2000kg.

Features
  • Fully electric powered
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Minimal charging time
  • Low noise & improved working environment
  • Zero emissions from use
  • Compact & lightweight
  • Continuous operation while charging
  • Fully monitored battery life
  • Easily switch between energy-saving modes
  • White rubber tracks equipped as standard
  • Work safely in enclosed environments without causing any pollution
  • Reduced energy costs
Technical Sheet

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ENVIRONMENTAL DATA SHEET

Model

 MC285CB-3

Crane capacity

2.82t x 1.4m

Max. working radius

8.205m x 150kg

Max. lifting height

8.7m x 550kg

Dimensions 

2,800mm (L) x 750mm (W) x 1,470mm (H)

Single line speed

37.2m / min. (4th layer)

Hook speed

9.3m / min. (4 falls, 4th layer)

Hoist rope type

IWRC 6 x Fi (29) 0/0, Ø 7mm x 48m

Telescopic system (boom length)

360º continuous / 0.88 rpm

Telescopic system (telescoping speed)

6.04m / 22 sec.

 

Telescopic system (boomtype)

Fully automatic 5 section pentagonal telescopic boom

Slewing angle / speed

360º continuous / 0.88 rpm

Outrigger Max. Extended Width – 

(Length) 4,782mm x (Front) 4,718mm x (Rear) 3,990mm

 

Traction system (travel speed)

0-2.0km/h

 

Traction system (ground pressure)

50.2kpa (0.512kgf/cm2)

 

Machine weight

1,995kg

Hook Block Weight 

30kg

Battery type 

Lithium Titanate Battery

Charging time (with AC-200V)

80% : 2h 20min / 100% : 3h 30min

Input voltage / cur rent

Single phase AC200V / 16A, AC100V / 15A 

Charging during operation 

Available

Continuous operating time (crane)

8h 30 min (based on Maeda’s assumed cycle)

Standard equipment

Overwind protection, Hour meter, Wireless radio remote control, White rubber tracks, Hydraulic safety valves, Tilt alarm, EMO switch, Programmable Moment limiter, Working limit settings, Working status lamp, Load indicator, Data logger, Crane and outrigger interlock system, 4-fall / 2-fall hook block.

Optional equipment

Black Rubber Tracks Single Fall Hook 850kg Searcher Hook.

 

MC305 Spider Crane

The MC305 is the first “ride on” Maeda Mini Cranes and is extremely powerful for its small stature. Up to 2.98 tons of lifting power from a machine only 1280mm wide. The superior quality and engineering of the Maeda product line gives longevity of use and higher return on rental investments are enjoyed by end users across the board.

The Maeda MC305 mini crane is a key machine in the Vacuum and Crane mini crane hire fleet. It can be combined with a range of mini crane attachments to carry out a wide range of tasks that require materials lifting and handling.
With a lifting capacity of just under 3 tonnes and a 12.5m boom that lifts 790kg using the full extension, it’s an extremely practical and versatile mini crane. As the MC305 is small and powerful, it’s perfect for lifting under canopy structures or areas with low headroom, the crane also has a useful removable searcher hook attachment too.

This mini crane also has a fully functional remote control, which displays the load that is being lifted and lets the operator know what they can lift.

Features
  • Sheaves Protected Inside Boom
  • Variable (Hi/Lo) Travel Speeds
  • Programmable Moment Limiter
  • Hydrostatic Transmission
  • Centralized Controls
  • 4 Fall / 2 Fall Hook Block
  • Automatic Hook Stowage System
  • Tilt Sensor/Alarm
  • Powerful Two Speed Winch
  • Hydraulic Disc Brake
  • Remote Control
  • Outrigger Interlock System
Technical Sheet
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Model

MC-305C

Crane capacity

2.98t x 2.50m

Max. working radius

12.16m x 260kg

Max. hook height

Approx. 12.52m

Boom

Fully automatic 5 section pentagonal telescopic boom

Boom length

3.695 – 12.485 m

Slewing system

360º continuous / 2.4 rpm

Traction system

Hydraulic motor driven, stepless speed changer

Traveling speed

0 – 2.8 km/h

Gradability

23º

Fuel/fuel tank capacity

Diesel / 40L

Engine

Yanmar 3TNV76

Dimensions

4285mm x 1280mm x 1695mm

Weight

3900 kg

Standard equipment

Overwind protection, hydraulic safety valves, level, tilt alarm, EMO switch, travel lock lever, outrigger interlock system, moment limiter, working status lamp, hour-meter, 4-fall / 2-fall hook block, black rubber tracks, digital feedback remote control, data logger

Optional equipment

Radio remote control, White rubber tracks, Single fall hook, 300 / 850kg searcher hook, Slew restrictor, Engine heater, Hydraulic heater, Spark arrestor, Plastic machine cover

 

MC405 Spider Crane

The MC405 is a very powerful mini crane with an outstanding 3.83 tons of lifting capacity. With a 16.8m max working height and optional fly jib with 20.7m height capability this large mini crane has an impressive working range. Plus, at only 1400mm wide, it will still fit through standard double doors! It also has the useful feature of being able to run on both electric or diesel.

With the option of a searcher hook, which is useful for lifting under overhead canopies or beneath low roofs and pick and carry duties up to 500 kg, this feature packed crane makes light of work of even the toughest jobs. The MC405 is the largest and most powerful mini crane to hire in the Maeda range with many unique features to set it apart from the rest.

Features
  • 500kg Pick & Carry Duty
  • Sheaves Protected Inside Boom
  • Programmable Moment Limiter
  • 4 Fall / 2 Fall Hook Block
  • Automatic Hook Stowage System
  • Tilt Sensor/Alarm
  • Powerful Two Speed Winch
  • Hydraulic Disc Brake
  • Remote Control
  • Outrigger Interlock System
  • 500kg Searcher Hook
Technical Sheet
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Model

MC-405C

Crane capacity

3.83 t x 2.7m

Max. working radius

16.0m x 210kg

Max. hook height

Approx. 16.8m ( 20.7m with fly jib )

Boom

5-section hydraulically telescoping boom of pentagonal box construction

Boom length

4.735m – 16.475m

Slewing system

360 continuous, by a hydraulic motor

Travelling system

Hydrostatic transmission

Traveling speed

Dual & variable. 0 – 2.2km/h, 0-3.0km/h

Control system

Levers and either cable type or wireless radio type remote controller

Engine

Yanmar 3TNV88-BPMB

Dimensions

4980mm x 1380mm x 1980mm

Weight

5750 kg

Standard equipment

Cable type remote controller (R)

Optional equipment

White rubber tracks, 500 kg searcher hook, fly jib, radio control

Options

Moment limiter (M) (CE:standard), electric motor(E), one touch couplers for hydraulic hoses(K)

 

Benefits of using Spider Cranes:

  • Ability to perform in smaller areas – Because of the small size, mini spider cranes are perfect for small working areas where larger cranes can’t be used.
  • Easy relocation – Because mini cranes are easy to install and dismantle, they can be easily moved from one location to another. The crane can be transported by a small vehicle and does not require human power.
  • Cheaper alternative – Because mini cranes are so versatile, they are a more cost-effective alternative to larger, more expensive cranes.
  • Multiple power options – This means that you can operate them with gas, diesel or electricity. This is a great benefit and makes them applicable in different situations. If you do not want to buy gas or diesel and have all that messy work done, changing oil, cleaning them etc., you can simply plug them in an electric outlet and operate them.

Spider Cranes

With their compact size and considerable lifting capacity, spider cranes are the perfect choice when space is limited. They can be manoeuvred into position easily and provide reliable lifting power when and where it’s needed.

Spider cranes, sometimes known as mini cranes, have been designed to carry out the jobs that larger cranes cannot manage due to the bulk. Tasks that need carrying out where space or access is limited can be challenging for larger cranes, making the spider crane an ideal solution

They are constructed with outriggers which can be pulled out and then fixed to the ground to provide added stability and support. It’s these outriggers that give the crane its name, as they resemble the legs of a spider. They also make them an ideal choice on uneven ground or rough terrain as well as in confined spaces. If you’re carrying out work on a difficult-to-access site where the ground proves challenging then spider crane hire can be a sensible option.

Although small, mini cranes are still powerful mechanical machines that are capable of moving materials and objects of all shapes and sizes, they can be transported with a truck and are extremely easy to install and dismantle when taking it from one location to the next.

What are the advantages of spider cranes?

Spider cranes are designed to do the same job as larger cranes in places where larger cranes cannot easily operate. Spider cranes come in a range of sizes with the most compact being able to fit through doorways and in elevators. If you’re considering spider crane rental it’s likely that you’ll be able to find a crane that meets your requirements, no matter how challenging the work site. Despite their size and flexibility, spider cranes are capable of lifting a considerable tonnage.

Spider cranes also have a safety advantage. As a general rule, the closer you can get the crane to the item that’s being lifted, the safer that lift will be. The manoeuvrability of a spider crane means it can access different types of sites to enable close crane set-up and a safer lift. Spider crane rental can save you significant time and labour across your project meaning that your rental costs are likely to be recouped.

When can you use spider cranes?

The versatility of spider cranes means that they are used for a wide range of tasks and in very different sites. They’re frequently put to use in urban and built-up environments where space is more limited.

Spider crane hire on a construction site might be used for moving building materials, reducing the need for time-consuming human labour. They can also be used to access a difficult part of the worksite or as a substitute for scaffolding.

Some of the other industry sectors that frequently use mini cranes include docks, foundries, warehouses, railway depots, power stations and facilities management. They are used by small and larger businesses alike.

Spider crane rental is a cost-effective means for many businesses to reduce the time and manpower required for a project.

Need help with the technical side?

We provide technical support by phone, or through a site visit. Whether you have a technical question, or need help to assess a lifting task, we provide advice to help find the best solution.

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