5 things to look for when buying a glass lifting crane

Tina Jones / 4th May 2022 / Articles

As many of us know, a glass lifting crane is an impressive piece of equipment. It can adapt easily to the project on hand, helping to streamline the glazing process. However, there are many factors to consider when looking to purchase one. Let’s take a look.

1. When Lifting capacity

Knowing the amount of weight that glazing robots can carry is important. Depending on the answer will determine whether it’s suitable to be used for certain projects.

For instance, these Jekko options come in a variety of sizes, with different lift capacities.

To start with, we have these minipickers that can be fitted with a glass manipulator:

MPK06 – 600 Kg

MPK20 – 2000 Kg

MPK50 – 5000 Kg

Or, for those in the market for a minicrane, these also allow for a glass manipulator to be attached, ideal for lifting glass:

SPX328 – 2800 Kg (Imminent release)

SPX532 – 3200 Kg

SPX650 – 5000 Kg

SPX1280 – 8000 Kg

2. Versatility

Glass lifting cranes that are adaptable to various workplaces should be a top priority when looking to make a purchase. Some areas can be difficult to work in and require compact equipment. Otherwise, issues can arise that cause unnecessary costs in both times wasted and material damage.

Alongside this, hard to reach areas truly test the limitations of different glass lifting cranes. That’s why comparing the available options against each other will ultimately help decide which one is best for the job, or more accurately, all jobs.

3. Ease of maintenance

No one wants to spend an excessive amount of time repairing or maintaining equipment, especially during busy periods. Reputable dealerships or manufacturers selling these valuable items should be able to provide information on steps to take to reduce the chance of faults occurring.

A prime example of this is when checking vacuum pads. They must be reviewed carefully to look for any dirt or damage. Even if there isn’t any visible issue with the pads, they should be cleaned regularly, if not, the grip could loosen when carrying loads. For most of the time, soapy water is recommended to clean the pads. However, they must be wiped dry afterwards otherwise their tight grip may be compromised. Certain cleaners must not be used, or it can result in the pads becoming impaired. This is because harsh chemicals within the cleaners can damage the rubber.

Another factor to consider is storage. This type of machinery should never be used during rain and strong wings. Therefore, adequate storage will be needed to keep it in good condition.

Brands that offer glass lifting cranes will have advice that differs when maintaining them as the models are designed differently. So, it’s recommended to compare the selection and discover which is best from a maintenance standpoint.

If the unforeseen happens whereby minicranes or minipickers become damaged, then having a repair team close by is advantageous. Some manufacturers or dealerships will most likely have in-house facilities to make repairs, although some do not. At JT Cranes, we have experts on hand to get cranes back up and working quickly.

4. Safety feature

Our machines have top-of-the-range safety features, but a lift can easily go wrong when this user-friendly equipment is used incorrectly or not properly checked before use.

Here are a couple of key points to keep in mind when performing a lift…

5. Cost-effectiveness

With often tight deadlines and strict budgets, glazing robots can be incredibly attractive to help with improving efficiency and reduce costs. Two main factors to weigh up here, when considering a lifting machine, are: effectiveness and manpower.

Effectiveness – The average time taken for glass installations when using either minicranes or minipickers must be considered. If it requires less manpower but the installation process takes longer then it may not be the best option.

Manpower – If manpower can be reduced by using a glazing robot then overall employee costs should be reduced significantly. However, costs and time spent associated with maintaining the equipment should be factored in. For instance, pads used for lifting glass should be replaced every 2 years.

Whether you have made the decision to buy a minicrane or minipicker for lifting jobs, or if you are sitting on the fence, our experts at JT Cranes are on hand to help you at every step of the way.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have, for example in relation to how you will need to maintain your machine, or guidance on how to use your minicrane or minipicker, safely.  You can reach us either online, via email, or phone +44 (0)1767 677155.