Knuckle Boom Crane vs. BISON C-Lifts

Container Lifters Compared

The Knuckle Boom is a versatile piece of kit and is often used to load and lower containers. But how does it stack up against the challenger - the BISON C-Lift?

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knuckle boom crane

Comprised of a separate lifting mechanism which needs to be installed on a chassis, Knuckle Boom Cranes come in a range of lifting capacities. They are often used to lift containers on and off a truck chassis.

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BISON C-Lift

BISON C-Lifts are relatively new to the market, and are in service in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australasia. They consist of 4 legs, which lift containers vertically.

Knuckle Boom Cranes vs BISON C-Lifts

  Knuckle Boom BISON C-Lifts
Max Lift Capacity 20,000 kg (44,000 lb) 32,000 kg (70,000 lb)
Lift Speed*    4 minutes
Lift in Small Spaces  No  Yes
Cost  USD 150,000 ~ 350,000  USD 30,000 ~ 75,000
Footprint  Size of Truck Trailer  < 6m2
Operators  1  2 - 4
On-site Mobility Yes Yes
Stack Containers Yes No
Handles 20' and 40' Usually 20' Yes
Usable in Narrow Spaces Yes Yes - very tight
Usable under Low Ceilings No Yes
Keeps Container Level Yes Yes

 * Time taken to lift a fully-loaded container from the ground and onto a skeletal trailer.

If you are are worried about cost, and you 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 knuckle boom crane, and with much higher rated lifting capacity, it is now affordable to own your container lifter. However, if you need to stack containers, a knuckle boom crane is what you are looking for.

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