Lifting Containers Just Got Easier

Lift containers on and off chassis in any location with our C-Lift P Series.

Portable, safe and efficient, the P Series is easily moved between sites, sets up in minutes and lifts ISO containers of all types, sizes and weights up to 32 tonne.

Ideal for locations where regular container handling equipment, cranes or forklifts are too big, heavy, or expensive - or simply unavailable! 

  • Eliminate crane hire charges & delays
  • Load and unload 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

The P Series is available in two capacities. The P32, with a lift capacity of 32 tonne (70,000 lb), and the lighter weight P10, with a lift capacity of 10 tonne (22,000 lb).

Watch it In Action

How does it Work?

Unique "Lift & Lock" Mechanism

The C-Lift P Series is a self-contained container lift system, driven by a hydraulic power unit and single phase electric power supply. The unique mix of portability and lift capacity is achieved with BISON's patent pending "lift-and-lock" mechanism. Double-acting hydraulic cylinders with a 30cm (12") stroke, lift the container to 165cm (65") in a series of steps, providing clearance for a trailer to move in or out from under the container.

CE Certified & proof tested

The P Series is CE certified, designed in accordance with applicable sections of EN 1494 (mobile or moveable jacks) and manufactured in accordance with AS/NZS1554.4 (structural steel welding). Each leg is proof-tested to 1.5 times the rated load prior to dispatch.

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 do they lift?

    Our C-Lifts 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, let our team know what your requirements are.

  • Do they lift high-cube containers?

    Yes, our C-Lifts can lift 9'6" high-cube containers.

  • What is the lift capacity of your C-Lifts?

    The C-Lift A32 has a rated lift capacity of 32 tonne (70,000 lb).

    The C-Lift P32 has a rated lift capacity of 32 tonne (70,000 lb).

    The C-Lift P10 has a rated lift capacity of 10 tonne (22,000 lb).

    The C-Lift M10 has a rated lift capacity of 10 tonne (22,000 lb).

  • How many people are needed to operate C-Lifts?

    Our C-Lift A32 can be safely operated by one trained operator.

    Our C-Lift P32 and P10 can be safely operated by two trained operators.

    Our C-Lift M10 can be safely operated by 2-4 trained operators.

    Many of the tasks (for example the set up) can be completed more efficiently if more people are available. It is possible for one person to operate the C-Lift P10, but it involves 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, (iii) site conditions and (iv) type of C-Lift you're using.

    Our automated C-Lift A32 takes five minutes to set up and four minutes to complete a full lift.

    Our portable C-Lift P Series, the full operation takes two trained operators 40 minutes. Lifting and lowering the full 1.65m (65") involves a series of 5 steps, using BISON's patent pending lift-and-lock mechanism. The steps being: set up the C-Lift (12 mins), lift the container (12 mins), position the vehicle (5 mins), lower the container (5 mins) and detach the C-Lift (5 mins). 

    Our manual C-Lift M10 takes about 20 minutes to set up and up to 40 minutes to complete a full lift.

  • How high is the container elevated?

    Our C-Lifts lift the container to a maximum height of 165 cm (65 inches). We can manufacture and supply taller lifting legs on special request.

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

    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.

  • Are these C-Lifts safe?

    Our C-Lifts are safe, provided the recommended operating instructions are followed. We recommend all operators are trained in how to use BISON C-Lift equipment prior to using it. Like all material handling equipment, our C-Lifts present risk if not used properly. Safety ultimately relies 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 harmonisation 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 C-Lifts?

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

  • How are C-Lifts powered?

    The A Series is driven by electric powered hydraulics and controlled with integrated electronics. A hydraulic power unit is housed on each leg and run off single phase electric power, supplied externally by mains supply or a generator and electric cables connecting the four legs. 

    The P Series 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 by a vehicle). This maintenance can be performed by your local hydraulics service agent. 

    The C-Lift Operating Manuals contain 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 five minutes.  One operator is required. The A Series is best suited to single-site use.

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

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

    Contact BISON for comparative specs and prices for each model.


P32 Working Load Limit
8,000 kg per leg (17,500 lb)
32,000 kg total (70,000 lb)
P10 Working Load Limit
2,500 kg per leg (5,500 lb)
10,000 kg total (22,000 lb)
Lifting Height
165 cm (65 in)
Weight Per Leg
P32 - 142 kg (312 lb)
P10 - 118 kg (260 lb)
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
Hydraulic Cylinder
Φ 76.2 x Φ 44.45 x 300mm (Φ 3" x Φ 1.75" x 11.81")
Max. Hydraulic Pressure
200 bar (2900 psi)
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)

Want to Know More?

BISON provides a range of resources to help you evaluate the C-Lift and train your personnel.

Operating Manual 

This is a comprehensive guide detailing:

  • Safety Information
  • Technical Information
  • Operating Instructions
  • Maintenance & Care 
Instructional Videos

Watch our series of six informative videos:

  • BISON C-Lift safety & maintenance overview
  • Introducing the BISON C-Lift and its components
  • How to set up your BISON C-Lift
  • How to lift & lower containers with the BISON C-Lift
  • How to transfer a container onto a trailer
  • How to detach the BISON C-Lift from a container
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