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Jib Cranes

What Is a Jib Crane?

A jib crane consists of a column and a boom that pivots about the column. This crane can be used as a cost effective alternative to a bridge crane, or in situations when the four columns would take up too much space. Two types of cranes are available: the straight crane, which is more common, and the articulated crane, which is more expensive and heavier.

Givens Lifting Systems is proud to be the leading provider in custom-designed jib cranes and material handling solutions in the United States. We have designed and manufacture the most lightweight jib cranes in the industry to meet your business’ material handling needs.

The Givens Lifting Systems team of expert engineers, designers, machinist and welders creating custom-designed and manufactured jib cranes for manufacturer’s throughout the US. Our industry-leading jib cranes and custom lifting solutions help us design the perfect crane for your businesses unique needs.

Lightweight G-Rail™ Jib Cranes

Reinventing the Jib Crane

The number one reason why engineers do not specify this type of crane more frequently is the weight of the boom. A light boom minimizes the rotational momentum, which is essential when working with this style of crane. When a boom is too heavy the part transfers are slow, making the jib crane less than ideal for the operator. 

Often requiring a concrete foundation. This can be a barrier for some businesses as the installation process can be lengthy and difficult. At Givens Lifting Systems, we are able to install our lightweight jib cranes without a concrete foundation speeding up the installation process.

G-Rail™ Jib Crane Benefits & Features

Lightweight Crane Boom

As mentioned previously, most engineers avoid jib cranes due to the heavy momentum of the boom which can slow down the operator. You won’t experience any setbacks with our lightweight, aluminum boom. This enhances the productivity of your workplace.

Our aluminum G-Rail profiles are lightweight allowing for a higher moment-of-inertia to weight ratio. The unusually high torsional rigidness of these cranes compared to traditional profiles, maximizes the stiffness-to-weight ratio. 

Foundation-less Jib Cranes ▶

The base-plates of these cranes are large enough so the crane can be bolted directly to a factory concrete floor. All installation details must be specified by a Professional Engineer. Our team can ensure that foundation-less jib cranes are correctly and professionally installed and secured.

Power Rotation Air Tractor

We’re proud to offer customization options for our cranes, including the option to add an air tractor when power rotation is needed. Air tractor drives allow for loads to moved manually; simply disengage the drive with the push of a button.

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Givens Lifting Systems’ Jib Cranes

At Givens Lifting Systems, our team engineers and manufacturers two unique styles of jib cranes in-house:


The most popular type is the straight jib crane. This model makes up over 95% of jib cranes sales due to their budget-friendly price point and lightweight features. With this type, the hoist rolls along the horizontal boom, which is made of aluminum G-Rail.


Articulated jib cranes are ideal for situations where there are obstructions or limitations that a straight jib crane cannot accommodate. For example, if a the crane needs to reach around a building column. However, the articulated version is made of steel and is more expensive.

Stainless Steel

Both straight and articulated jib cranes can be manufactured in stainless steel. Stainless Steel variations are manufactured for material handling to withstand repeated wash-downs and allow for water to shed off the unit quickly.

For more information about all of our customized lifting systems and solutions, contact the expert team at Givens Lifting Systems.