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Go Foundationless!

Author: Bret Lussow, Director of Business Development at Handling Systems INTL


The often hidden and unexpected cost of a jib crane is the foundation. Foundations can cost two or three times the price of the crane causing frustration for the buyer. Not only is it expensive but it is also disruptive to production, messy, and very time consuming. The end user should figure 1 day to cut/dig and 1 day to pour the concrete. On top of this, they need to wait 10 days before they can load the crane on the foundation and should wait 30 days before they can use the jib crane at full capacity.




Handling Systems International has developed a full line of “foundationless” jib cranes with capacities up to 1 ton, 16’ span and 16’ height under boom. These cranes are available in light duty (5 to 10 lifts per day) or heavy duty (continuous use) configuration depending on the application.


The installation of a foundationless jib crane takes hours, not days and the crane can be used the same day. The process is simple. The mast is simply set on the floor at the desired location, holes marked and then drilled into the reinforced concrete floor. Epoxy anchors are then put in place generally taking about 45 minutes to cure. Once cured, the mast is installed on the anchors, plumbed and the rest of the crane (head assemble and boom) assembled. Easy.




Handling Systems recommends that the foundationless jib cranes be mounted on reinforced concrete with a minimum depth of 6” avoiding any gaps, cracks, or expansion joints. Anchor bolts should also have a 4-1/2” minimum embedment. Customers unsure of their floor or

structure to which the crane is mounted should ultimately seek advice from a qualified engineer.

Handling Systems International’s foundationless jib cranes are designed to provide the same great benefits as our standard freestanding jib cranes with the added benefit of an allowable ‘foundationless’ mount. These jib cranes are designed to lift and transport materials in full circles (360 degrees) around their supporting mast. These cranes are ideal for processes that involve assembly, welding, maintenance, or to hand off material to adjacent work areas.


So, make it easy and save money…. Go Foundationless!




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