Container Lifters Compared
Look in many yards and you will probably see a mini-straddle carrier. Straddles, such as Combilift or Mobicon, are a versatile piece of kit, able to lift containers and move them around a site. But how does it stack up against the challenger - Bison Container Jacks.
MINI STRADDLE CARRIER - comprised of a gantry lifting mechanism with 3 to 4 wheels, the mini Straddle is operated from within a cab housed within the structure itself. Mini straddles come in a range of lifting capacities, speeds and models.
BISON C-LIFT JACKS are relatively new to the market but are already in service in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australasia. They consist of 4 independent legs, which lift containers vertically into the air.
|Mini Straddle Carrier||Bison C-Lifts|
|Max Lift Capacity||20 - 100,000 kg (44,000 lb)*||32,000 kg (70,000 lb)|
|Lift Speed||< 2 minutes||4 - 15 minutes*|
|Cost||USD 300,000+||USD 30,000 ~ 75,000|
|Footprint||40m2 (430 sq ft)||< 6m2 (64 sq ft)|
|Stack Containers||2 high*||No|
|Handles 20' and 40'||Yes||Yes|
|Usable in Narrow Spaces||No||Yes (very tight)|
|Usable under Low Ceilings||No||Yes|
|Keeps Container Level||Yes||Yes|
Medium - High
Low - Medium
17,000 kg +
|450 kg (990 lb) - 1320 kg (2800 lb)*|
|Can Damage Site Surface|
* Depends on the model
If you are are worried about cost, and you just need to get heavy containers on and off a truck chassis, then the BISON C-Lift is the clear winner. At a fraction of the cost of a Mini Straddle Carrier, and with much less fuel consumption, it is the affordable container lifting choice. Its ability to get containers on and off a truck in tight spaces is an asset for warehouses and cramped work sites. Also, the C-Lift's small size means it can be more easily stored when not in use. However, if you need to stack containers, or move them around a site regularly, a Mini Straddle Carrier such as a Combilift or Mobicon might be just what you need.
Disclaimer: This comparison is intended as a rough guide only. For exact product specifications contact producers directly.