Gantry versus Tripod
The industry standard for outside use on uneven terrain has always be the use of a tripod crane. The tripod had its purpose allowing the user to lift a load when the ground is not level. The problem using the tripod is once the load is lifted you then have to swing the load between the legs in order to land it. This could cause the tripod to become unstable and tip. We knew that there had to be an easier way. Our All Terrain model gantry was designed to be that easier way.
The use of the I beam and trolley on our gantry cranes allows you to pick the load and roll it across the beam to a safe location. The four outside stands allows the use of the crane on almost any stable surface. The air casters make it easy to roll the crane to the work site. Between the hole spacings on the pipe stands and the upright columns, you can level the crane even on a compound slope. Since the gantry crane is manufactured out of structural 6061 T6 aluminum, it is perfect for use outside where it is subject to the elements of weather. There are hundreds of cemeteries around the world that use our All Terrain model gantry cranes.
They also work well on construction sites and for landscaping companies that assemble heavy benches or fountains. Our standard All Terrain model gantry cranes are not designed to be rolled while loaded, although we have made some custom Hybrid models that can roll with a load over a smooth surface. We manufactured a custom Hybrid All Terrain model for a sculpturer in California. She was unable to lift the heavy pieces of stone on and off her trailer and position them on her work station. The use of our crane allowed her to expand the size of the sculptures, thus expanding her business. As lifestyles change and industries expand, the different uses for gantry cranes are constantly increasing. Safety is becoming more and more important. The use of an All Terrain model gantry crane makes lifting a safe and easy alternative to using a tripod.