Mini Straddle Carrier vs. BISON C-Lifts

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 - the BISON C-Lift?

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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.

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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 independent legs, which lift containers vertically into the air.

Mini Straddle Carriers vs BISON C-Lifts

  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)
Operators  1  1 - 4
On-site Mobility Yes Yes
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
Container Volume Medium - High Low - Medium
Equipment Weight 17,000 kg + 450 kg (990 lb) - 1320 kg (2800 lb)
Can Damage Site Surface Yes No
Fuel Consumption Yes None

 * 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.

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