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Mini Straddle Carrier or Container Lifting Jacks?

Bison Group

2 Mar 3 Minutes


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-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 CarrierBison C-Lifts
Max Lift Capacity20 - 100,000 kg (44,000 lb)*32,000 kg (70,000 lb)
Lift Speed< 2 minutes4 - 15 minutes*
CostUSD 300,000+USD 30,000 ~ 75,000
Footprint40m2 (430 sq ft)< 6m2 (64 sq ft)
On-site MobilityYesYes
Stack Containers2 high*No
Handles 20' and 40'YesYes
Usable in Narrow SpacesNoYes (very tight)
Usable under Low CeilingsNoYes
Keeps Container LevelYesYes
Container Volume

Medium - High

Low - Medium

Equipment Weight

17,000 kg +

450 kg (990 lb) - 1320 kg (2800 lb)*
Can Damage Site Surface



Fuel ConsumptionYes


* 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.