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?
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-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 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|
|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|
* 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.
BISON products are now in use in over 50 countries around the world. Read what some of customers have to say.
T&G Pipfruit faced container loading delays and high sideloader costs, as they were reliant on one local sideloader provider. But after installing two sets of the BISON C-Lift A32F, they have eliminated downtime and sideloader costs, and now only need to rely on inexpensive skeletal trailers for haulage to the port. As a bonus, they have also made their workplace safer and more efficient.
Tower Inspection inspects and services towers at remote sites around the world. They suffered from delays while waiting for cranes to arrive and offload their containers. Now, with a BISON C-Lift P32, they have independence and control over their container logistics. They can load and offload containers at the work site and position them without costly crane hire delays.
Hydro Processing Associates (HPA) was struggling to get their containerized equipment on site, relying on 3rd party services such as cranes or forktrucks. But this often lead to delays and scheduling complications. Now, with the BISON C-Lift A32 they can bring their container lifter with them, and get their containers where they want, when they want.