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Jib Crane vs. Gantry Crane

There are many kinds of cranes, and they all have a specific purpose. Using the wrong crane is inefficient and could also be dangerous. Understanding things like what makes a gantry crane and a jib crane different is essential. The main difference is the number of points of contact with the anchor.

A jib crane contacts the anchor at one point where the crane extends. Additionally, a jib crane is typically attached to the ground or another anchor for balance. You can also design a portable jib crane. For example, a jib crane can be detachable and mounted on a base so you can move it to other locations.

On the other hand, a gantry crane anchors on both ends, with a horizontal beam between the supports. A gantry crane is usually mounted on wheels to easily roll to different locations. Companies typically use a gantry crane to lift a load straight up and move it using a trolley and a chain hoist.

Ultimately, a jib crane is not as portable as a gantry crane. However, a jib crane is better for working in tight spaces. They can move in a straight line like a gantry crane, but they can also pivot. Additionally, you can use a jib crane with a power winch to lift loads to higher locations like loading docks and roofs.

While both types of cranes are useful, it's vital to know which to use for a specific job. Maybe you're wondering which is better for the application you have in mind. At J. Herbert Corporation, cranes are our business.

We provide efficient and knowledgeable customer service with hundreds of years of combined experience. You can contact us online. Or get in touch via phone to find out how we can help.

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