Davit Cranes

Lightweight, portable lifting solutions designed for utilities and water companies for below-ground lifting.

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Custom Cranes

Our range of customised cranes are suitable for a range of applications.

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Why choose a custom lifting solution?


Tailored to you – Lean on our expertise and use a lifting solution tailored to your problem. Custom cranes ensure you get exactly what you need.

decreased downtime

Efficient operations – Speed up deliveries and reduce the number of staff needed for each job to save money and boost productivity.

Regulation compliant – All bespoke lifting equipment from Penny Hydraulics is built in line with regulations based on years of expertise.

Health and Safety

Safe lifting – Remove the risk of injury that comes with manual handling and make day-to-day working safer for your staff.

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International Exporters

Penny Hydraulics supply lifting equipment to over 25 countries around the world. Interested in finding out more?

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End-to-end service

Our service offers an end-to-end solution including design, manufacture, supply and installation, all from our premises in the heart of the UK. This allows us to adapt your lifting solution as much as possible to meet your unique needs and solve your problems.

Service and maintenance

When you have a bespoke lifting solution, you need an expert to service your equipment. Our UK-wide network of service engineers understand the fine details of our custom cranes to examine and test your system to the highest standard.


Custom lifting solutions FAQs

What is the lead time for a crane?


Our cranes typically have a lead time of 4–6 weeks from when you place the order. However, this may vary depending on the specification of your bespoke lifting solution.

What is the lead time for a hydraulic loading platform for a commercial vehicle?


All loading platforms have a lead time of 6–8 weeks from when you place the order.

Can a custom crane be fitted to a vehicle?


Yes, we offer a range of custom vehicle-mounted lifting solutions.

But, when we specify the crane, it’s important to consider vehicle stability, payload and axle loadings.

We have to consider the carrying capacity of the vehicle and the realistic possible weight of the mounted crane after accounting for any other auxiliary items (such as vehicle racking) and passengers.

A further consideration is with regards to the strength of the vehicle body and whether it can support the crane. That being said, there is often work we can do to strengthen the body to a sufficient level to support the crane.

Our Area Sales Managers are experts in this topic and they will guide you through this, letting you know what models will be suitable for your vehicle.

I need help specifying my custom solution, what are my options?


You can contact the sales office on 01246 811 475 or contact your area manager.

What British Standards apply to cranes?


BS 7121-1 is the essential standard for those planning and carrying out lifting operations with cranes in the UK. BS 7121-1 gives recommendations for the safe use of cranes permanently or temporarily installed in a work environment.

BS 7121-1 covers the following for lifting operations:

  • Safe systems of work selection
  • Erection and dismantling
  • Maintenance
  • Inspection
  • Thorough examination
  • Operation
  • Planning and management

BS 7121-1 provides guidance on complying with the requirements of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment 1998 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. This standard is also used by Health and Safety Executive and Courts as an indication of good practice.

What PPE does the operator need to wear for custom equipment?


As per the ALLMI/CPA Best Practice Guide, a crane or hydraulic vehicle-mounted lift operator needs to wear the following PPE:

  • Hardhat
  • Safety goggles/glasses
  • High visibility jacket
  • Gloves
  • Workboots

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