What are Hiab Cranes and How Do They Operate?

Most of us have seen those heavy duty, portable cranes in some place or the other, be it at a building site, down at the docks or somewhere else that some type of heavy lifting is required.  The Hiab cranes are seen worldwide, and are one of the most favoured brands for heavy load handling, but for the moment, let’s take a look at where they originate and how they came to be named ‘Hiab’.

From a Humble Ski Maker to a Mobile Crane One

Going back in time 70 years and just before the end of World War 2:

  • In Sweden, in 1944, a man named Eric Sundin made a living as a ski manufacturer.
  • He also happened to be an inventor
  • Like most inventors with a fertile imaginations, Eric had a keen interest in the possibilities and future of hydraulics, and went on to discover how to utilise a truck engine to power up loader cranes with the use of hydraulics.
  • He designed a hydraulic crane to pick up and move heavy round wood he needed for his ski production business.
  • During that same year, 1944, he established Hydrauliska Industri AB (Hiab), which became more prosperous than his ski manufacturing business, and thus the Hiab Method was born.
  • Amazingly, from such humble origins, came the product, which with time and some modifications and upgrades since 1944, has sold no less than half a million loader cranes to contented customers in over 120 countries.
  • They are the most popular type of articulated truck cranes and equipment in Manchester, and look to remain so.

What Hiab Transport Are Capable Of

Ability – the Hiab crane truck is capable of lifting 5,600 kg at a height of 4 metres, and 1,300 kg at a height of 15 metres, which allows for it to be all-round duty friendly.

Hiab cranes are renowned for their speed, precision and reliability and is exactly why they are the world leader in truck-mounted loader cranes. Intensely durable and hardworking, here’s some of the types of work a Hiab can manage with ease.

  • Building Materials
  • Compactors
  • Earthmoving Machinery
  • Elevated Work Platforms (EWP)
  • Forklift Trucks
  • Generators
  • Material Handlers
  • Portable Lavatories and Washrooms
  • Pumps
  • Shipping Containers
  • Shoring Boxes
  • Site Transportable Buildings
  • Sweepers
  • Farming Equipment and Tractors

Why are They So Popular?


  • Hiab cranes have been designed, engineered and manufactured to the highest standards to ensure working harder and lasting longer than any of its rivals.
  • All Hiab crane owners are aware of expecting long term devotion, functioning, dependability and value.
  • With a wide range of models to select from, there’s a Hiab out there for all occasions.
  • Truck crane models vary in capacities from 0.8 up to 80 tonne metres with long reaches out to 25 metres.
  • The Hiab’s outstanding hydraulic systems offer unmatched control of the crane, and state of the art advanced ergonomic design guarantee operator, plus ease of use.

The future of cranes has arrived and is here!

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