At first sight, they resemble robotic spiders sitting on long crawls: compact and stable, with a long arm coming out of its core, ready to move into position to get the job done. Maeda mini cranes are technologically advanced and versatile lifting equipment, developed and designed to tackle ambitious tasks in constricted areas. As one of the largest construction and equipment manufacturing companies in Japan, Maeda have been producing mini cranes since 1980. Over the years, Maeda has become a global leader with a market share of approximately 70-75%.

The Maeda mini cranes in particular are ideal for use in a variety of different industrial sectors including construction, petrochemical, energy, transport and forestry. The range offers a lifting capacity from 1 to 6 tons with a lift height from 5.5 to 16.7 meters. For specialised applications, such as glass handling or cladding, customers can choose from a variety of below-the-hook accessories. The smaller series can all be operated by remote control, allowing precise lifting. They also work on environmentally-friendly electric power with zero emission.

Maeda offers a wide range of models, starting with the MC104 Mini Crawler Crane. Its body is only 600mm wide, well below the size of a standard doorway. The MC104 comes with a lifting bracket for easy lifting into place by a second crane or helicopter. Transmission is hydrostatic. Customers have the option of choosing white rubber tracks to avoid damage to sensitive flooring. Pressure on the ground is very low. Work-loads are lifted by a pentagon-shaped automatic 4-stage telescopic boom. The MC104 only weighs just over a ton and can lift up to 1 ton. The next model, the MC174, comes with a lifting capacity of 1.7 tons, and the most popular model, the MC285-2, boasts a massive 2.82 tons lifting capacity. All three models are compact machines with the same specs as big cranes, yet easy to load and transport.

The Maeda mini cranes are available in South Africa and throughout Africa on a rental basis through Eazi Access Rental – a 100% South African owned company that offers the largest fleet of telehandlers and work-at-height equipment in Southern Africa.