Single or double-girder crane? Konecranes experts help advise you on the right crane choice.

/INS. A common misconception about overhead cranes is that double-girder cranes are perceived to be more durable and of higher quality than single-girder cranes. “Both types of overhead cranes are, however, equally durable and of the same high quality,” says Leon Strydom, Industrial Crane Products Sales Manager for Konecranes Southern Africa. “On the contrary, single-girder cranes can actually have plenty of advantages over double-girder cranes,” he adds.

Benefits of a single-girder crane

A single-girder crane is more compact and lighter than a double-girder crane, which makes it a preferred choice for facilities where headroom and floor space is limited. Even in situations where items have to be lifted and moved close to the building walls, a single-girder crane can have a better end approach to the building, allowing the hook to move closer to the wall. With only one girder, minimum deadweight is applied to the building foundations, allowing for more cost-effective building designs and runway constructions. On top of that, less steel is required to manufacture the girder, making it an inexpensive lifting solution for various applications and industries.

Understand various lifting needs

A single-girder crane may not, however, be the most suitable choice in every scenario. If a higher lifting capacity, height of lift or a service platform is needed, a double-girder crane might be the better option. It is always important to understand the requirements of the lifting task and the environment where it is planned that the crane will operate, to provide the best lifting equipment for the site.

Konecranes CXT Wire Rope Hoist Cranes

The Konecranes range of CXT wire rope hoist cranes is ideal in almost any industrial setting where a lifting capacity of up to 80 tons is required. Adaptability gives the CXT wire rope crane one of its greatest strengths –being available in every form from basic standard to high-tech advanced lifting.

Single-girder cranes are available with low headroom trolleys up to 12.5 tons or normal headroom trolleys up to 40 tons, while CXT double-girder cranes can feature up to an 80 ton lifting capacity.

Efficiency and intelligence at work

The CXT hoist is known for its efficient use of space under the crane and its excellent hook approaches. Because all the key mechanical components are designed specifically for crane usage, manufactured and assembled in-house by crane experts, the CXT is a top performer.

Safety is improved through high-performance brakes, durable wire ropes and remote operation. The adaptive speed range means that loads move at an optimal rate, enhancing control over the load and improving productivity, yet still saving energy.

In its field, this robust, all-purpose crane is ideal. The CXT is an industry leader in medium-heavy lifting indoor cranes and is a firm favorite around the world: over 10,000 CXT hoists sold every year indicates its reliability, efficiency and value.

Caption 1: CXT double-girder crane, featuring lifting capacities up to 80 tons. © Konecranes

Caption 2: Single-girder crane with low headroom trolley up to 12.5 tons and normal headroom trolleys up to 40 tons. © Konecranes

Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity-enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment and machine tools of all makes. In 2015, Group sales totaled EUR 2,126 million. The Group has 11,900 employees at 600 locations in 48 countries. Konecranes is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki (symbol: KCR1V).

Further information:

Konecranes PTY LTD South Africa
5 Jurie Street, Alrode, Alberton
P.O.: Box 11713, Randhart 1457
John Macdonald, Service Sales & Marketing Manager or phone +27 11 864 2800

Lindy Nauta
Tel. +27 21 790 1198, Mobile +27 83 269 9545


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