The BISON C-Lift P10 is a portable system for lifting ISO containers of all types and sizes up to 10,000 kg (22,000 lb).

Ideal for empty and light weight containers, the P10 is easily moved between sites, sets up in minutes and is safe and easy to operate.

  • Eliminate crane hire charges & delays
  • Un/load containers in your own time, at ground level
  • Avoid chassis detention fees
  • Work from sites without a loading dock
  • Ground containers indoors or in tight spots
  • Get containerised freight in and out of remote locations

Watch It In Action

Multiple Transport Options

The C-Lift P10 is safe, portable and easy to set up. With the P10 you can transfer containers on and off trailers in any location.

  • Pack neatly on the back of a pickup or flat bed
  • Store it in belly lockers under your chassis
  • Or pack the C-Lift into your container for easy deployment at the destination

C-Lift FAQs

  • What ground surfaces does the C-Lift work on?

    The ground surface must be solid, stable and compacted. If you have any doubts, test the ground while lifting the container a small, safe, height.

  • How level does the ground have to be?

    The site should ideally be level (within about 2°), however the C-Lift can accommodate ground with a small degree of unevenness. BISON supplies packing that  may be placed under the foot-plates to accommodate height differences at each end of the container.

  • What container types and sizes does the C-Lift lift?

    The C-Lift can be used to lift any length of container; 10’, 20’, 40’, 48’, 53’ and even 60’. BISON supplies rigging and hydraulic hoses for lifting 20' containers as standard. Extension rigging and hoses are available for longer containers.

  • Does it lift high cube containers?

    Yes, the C-Lift can lift 9’6” tall, high cube containers.

  • What is the lift capacity?

    The C-Lift P32 has a rated lifting capacity of 32 tonne (70,000 lb). The C-Lift P10 has a rated lifting capacity of 10 tonne (22,000 lb).

  • How many people are needed to operate the C-Lift?

    The C-Lift can be operated safely and efficiently by two trained operators. Many of the tasks (for example the set up) can be done more quickly if more people are available. It is possible for one person to operate the C-Lift P10, but it would involve some heavy lifting and increases the time to complete a lift. A chain block is a useful accessory for quickly and safely lifting heavier components.

  • How long does it take to set up and lift or lower a container?

    Operating time depends on many factors, including: (i) experience and number of operators, (ii) size of the container, and (iii) site conditions. Generally speaking the full operation will take two trained operators 40 minutes. The steps being to set up the C-Lift (12 mins), lift the container (12 mins), position the vehicle (5 mins), lower the container (5 mins) and dettach the C-Lift (5 mins). Lifting and lowering the full 1.65m (65") involves a series of 5 steps, using BISON's patent pending lift-and-lock mechanism. 

  • How high is the container elevated?

    The C-Lift can lift the container to a maximum height of 165 cm (65 inches). Taller lifting legs can be manufactured and supplied on special request.

  • What is the gap between each leg and the trailer?

    There is a 25 cm (10 inch) gap between each side of the container and the adjacent leg. That is 50 cm (or 20 inches) overall.

  • Is the C-Lift safe?

    The C-Lift is entirely safe provided the recommended operating instructions are followed. Like all material handling equipment, the C-Lift presents risk if not used properly. Safety ultimately turns on the care and competence of the operators. 

    BISON supplies a comprehensive Operating Manual and Instructional Videos (with subtitles that auto-translate in all languages) detailing essential safety information. All legs are made from high strength steel and proof tested to 1.5 times their rated load before leaving the factory. Safety Notices and a Safety Checklist are clearly marked on all legs and the HPU. A sturdy rigging system is integrated into the design, increasing stability. The hydraulics feature abrasion resistant hydraulic hoses and integrated counter balance valves (in the hydraulic cylinders), for protection against a hose burst.

    The C-Lift is CE certified and the design conforms with the following European Union directives and relevant harmonization legislation.

    Applicable Directive Harmonized standards
    Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC EN ISO 12100:2010 (AS/NZS 4024.1201:2004)
    EN ISO 14121-1:2007
    EN 1494:2000+A1:2008
    ISO 4413:2010
     RoHS2 Directive 2011/65/EU EN 50581:2012
  • What is stopping the trailer from hitting the legs?

    Provided the driver is competent and takes reasonable care, the risk of the trailer hitting the legs can be safely managed. The following basic steps are recommended in the operating and training material:

    • Only use the C-Lift on sites where the truck and trailer can line up directly with the elevated container. 
    • Check that the container is sufficiently elevated before moving the vehicle under the container.
    • Make sure no twist locks are protruding from the trailer.
    • Drive slowly.
    • Always use an observer or "spotter", in communication with the driver. 
    • Use reversing aids, such as simple visible lines on the ground and/or reversing cameras if desired
  • Do I need any special training to operate the C-Lift?

    For safety reasons, we recommend that only trained personnel use the C-Lift. BISON provides detailed Operating Manuals and Instructional Videos for training purposes.

  • How is the C-Lift powered?

    The C-Lift is driven by a hydraulic power unit (HPU) and single phase electric power supply. The electrical power source can be a nearby mains supply, or a portable generator. Electrical power can also be taken from the truck batteries, using an inverter to convert the DC power to AC. Alternative power options are possible. Contact BISON to discuss the power options that best suit your application.

  • Can I run the C-Lift off my truck's power take off (PTO)?

    If your truck has a hydraulic pump mounted to the PTO, it may be possible to drive the C-Lift's hydraulic system with this. Contact BISON or your local hydraulics service agent for more information.

  • Can I use a mains power supply?

    Yes, the hydraulic power unit can be run from the mains electrical supply. Hydraulic pump options are available for 230 VAC and 115 VAC.

  • What maintenance is required?

    The mechanical hardware is designed to be tough and durable, and requires very little maintenance. All metallic parts are zinc-plated (silver) for corrosion protection. The hydraulic system should be maintained as per standard practice. Hydraulic seals should be replaced when there are signs of leakage, and hydraulic fluid should be replaced or filtered periodically. The hydraulic hoses may need to be replaced if they are damaged. (For example, if they are driven over with a vehicle.) This maintenance can be performed by your local hydraulics service agent. 

    The C-Lift Operating Manual contains a comprehensive list of maintenance items to monitor: (i) before use, (ii) during operation, (iii) every quarter (or 250 lifts), and (iv) every year (or 1,000 lifts).


  • What is the expected life cycle?

    The design life is 10 years. Provided the equipment is well looked after and properly maintained, it will deliver many years of service.

  • What is the difference between the A Series, P Series and M Series C-Lifts?

    The A Series is automated, with a lift capacity of 32 tonne (77,000 lb) and lift time of 3 - 5 minutes. Set up can take less than 5 minutes. Only 1 operator is required. The A Series is best suited to single site use.

    The P Series is semi-automated, with lift capacities of up to 32 tonne (77,000 lb) and a lift time of 12 - 15 minutes. Set up can take 10 - 15 minutes. 2 operators are required. The P Series is portable and easily transported between different sites.

    The M Series is manually operated, with a lift capacity of up to 22 tonne (48,000 lb) and a lift time of 40 minutes. Set up can take 10 - 20 minutes. 4 operators are recommended. The M Series is also portable and easily transported between different sites.

    Contact BISON for comparative specs and prices for each model.

C-Lift P10 Specifications

Working Load Limit
2,500 kg per leg (5,500 lb)
10,000 kg total (22,000 lb)
Lifting Height
165 cm (65 in)
Ambient Temperature
-10 degrees C to +40 degrees C (14 degrees F to +104 degrees F)
Reversing Clearance
50 cm total (20 inch total)
Personnel Required
Construction Features
High strength steel construction
Legs on wheeled bases for portability
Zinc plated and plastic coated for corrosion protection
Double-acting hydraulic cylinders with integrated counter balance valves for safety
Abrasion resistant hydraulic hoses
Hydraulic Power Unit
Integrated electric motor, hydraulic pump, oil reservoir and directional control valves, inside steel tube housing on wheeled base
240 VAC / 10 AMPS (110 VAC and DC options available)
BISON may from time to time change the specifications of its products. The C-Lift P10 illustrated in this web page may vary slightly from models purchased.

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