Cranes for Trailers

Whether you need to drive your water sports equipment abroad on holiday or you’re taking landscaping gear to work, loading and unloading heavy items to your trailer can be difficult.

When it comes to using trailers commercially, there are regulations and legislation that encourage the use of mechanical handling devices. With incorrect manual handling being one of the most common causes of injury at work, Manual Handling Operations Regulations state that no man should attempt to lift anything heavier than 25kg and a woman’s max limit is 16kg. The regulations state that wherever reasonably practicable, manual handling should be automated, and the use of mechanical aids is encouraged.

Our Trailer Crane Range

Hydraulic PH Cranes

Our PH Range of cranes range from 0.5tm to 5tm with a reach of up to 6.8m and a lifting capacities from 500kg to over 3 tonnes.


SwingLift Trailer Cranes

Our MiniLoader, Knuckle-Joint & Other SwingLift electric cranes are lightweight, durable and can lift up to 500KG. Perfect for domestic applications and light commercial use.


Why choose a trailer crane?

decreased downtime

Efficient loading – A job that once required multiple members of staff can now be done by just one, increasing the capacity of your workforce.

Health and Safety

Improve safety – Remove the risk of injury during manual lifting with help from specialist lifting equipment.


Lift heavier loads – Lift up to 1800kg at once, saving time and effort lifting heavy loads as quickly as possible.


Compact and lightweight – Trailer cranes are compact and lightweight for easy storage without taking up too much usable space or payload.


Flexible design – Our cranes are designed with flexible features to allow for easy use that doesn’t slow you down.

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Lightweight cranes for a wide range of trailers

Crane installations are suitable for trailers from all of the major trailer manufacturers, including but not limited to; Ifor Williams, Brian James, Bateson, Indespension, Hazlewood, Buffalo, Meredith & Eyre and Blue Line.

We cater for a wide range of trailer types such as small domestic, general duty, tipper, beavertail, box van, and plant trailers.

Trailer cranes for commercial use

Trailer cranes can be useful for a range of commercial jobs such as the movement of plant and machinery, construction materials, landscaping equipment and more. A Trailer crane can also be used to move bulk bags of materials such as wood chippings, aggregate, animal feed, solid fuels such as logs and coal and more.

From quads to camping gear: trailer cranes for domestic use

Applications for domestic trailer cranes include sports and leisure equipment such as quads, motorbikes and watersports gear, camping and holiday equipment, and home improvement supplies such as bags of cement and tins of paint.

For motor-sport use, we can install a winch alongside the new loader crane. The PH Winch Range from Penny Hydraulics offers freewheel options making the range suitable for loading motorbikes, quads and other motorised vehicles onto trailers. The PH3300 has a rolling load line pull of 3300 lbs and the PH6000 offers 6000 lbs. Full accessory kits are available including rope and hook assemblies, remote controls and roller fairleads. Boat & marine sport trailers may also benefit from the installation of a winch.

Trailer cranes from Penny Hydraulics

Penny Hydraulics manufacture two crane ranges suitable for installation on trailers; the PH range and SwingLift range.

Powerful lifting and hydraulic control with the PH crane range

Versatile & easy to operate, PH cranes are designed to be handled by a single operator. Offering smooth & precise load handling, hydraulic control prevents the need to access the bed of the trailer and proportional controls ensure precise and controlled movements. The cranes are high strength & durable yet are seriously compact & lightweight.

PH trailer cranes are manufactured from high-quality materials, making them some of the lightest hydraulic cranes on the global market. The lightweight design helps to keep vehicle emissions low, maximise fuel economy and make the most of the payload capacity. Plus, they cut wasted time and resource on manual labour or rental services when moving goods on and off trailers.

Hydraulic operation is increasingly popular as it reduces the need for the operator to climb onto the bed of the trailer to position loads. PH cranes can be operated entirely at ground level so your team don’t have to work at height, helping employers to take a step in the right direction with compliance to the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

SwingLift: Demountable trailer cranes weighing from just 20kg

Our range of SwingLift cranes can be mounted to trailers offering a max working load of up to 500kg. The low self-weight of the crane and generous lifting capacity offers solutions for a variety of applications and trailers.

A key benefit of a SwingLift trailer crane is that many of the cranes are demountable. Not only does this provide you with additional flexibility but also has security benefits.

The F/FV Range offers an extremely compact design. Every crane offers a maximum working load of 500kg and the hydraulic version offers precise and safe handling. The heavy-duty hoist ensures quality, reliability and an extended duty cycle.

The MC250 crane is the lightest trailer crane available, weighing in at just 20kg. This low weight crane is ideal for loading plant, signage or chemical drums onto trailers where space is precious.

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How to install a lightweight crane on your trailer

Installation of a crane on any trailer must be carried out by a qualified installer who is both competent and confident installing trailer cranes.

A suitable sub-frame may be required for all crane installations on trailers and multiple stabiliser legs may be required. The trailer should be of suitable structure with an adequate capacity for the load and crane installation, taking into account that the crane will be tested at 1.25x its maximum working load. Care should be given to the number of axles and the position of the crane installation which will alter the nose weight of the trailer.

Penny Hydraulics are part of a network of independent, approved converters for the major commercial vehicle manufacturers including Ford, VW, Renault and Nissan.

Becoming an approved converter is no mean feat – all converters must undergo rigorous audits to ensure compliance with stringent commercial and technical standards. Knowing that Penny Hydraulics are part of these prestigious networks, trailer crane customers may also be assured that their high standards in terms of warranty, quality control and after-sales are met.

Importantly, they’re also given the confidence that only experienced and suitably qualified craftsmen will be working on their trailer crane installation.

Planned maintenance: the key to maximised uptime for your trailer crane

Beyond the installation of trailer cranes, in England, it is a legal requirement for lifting equipment to have a Thorough Examination and test by a competent person before it is put into service and at regular specified intervals during its life. This requirement falls under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER).

For peace of mind that trailer cranes are appropriately maintained and safe for use, we offer comprehensive servicing contracts for all our trailer cranes. Services include a Thorough Examination in line with regulations along with on-site maintenance and repairs where possible.


Trailer crane FAQs

What is the lead time for a trailer crane?


Our cranes typically have a lead time of 4–6 weeks from when you place the order.

What information do you need from me?


To be able to specify one of our cranes we need to know:

  • The type of trailer
    • Dimensions
    • Number of axles
    • Weight / payload of the trailer (before conversion)
    • Limit of the hitch
  • How often will you be using the crane
  • What are you lifting, how much does it weigh and how far do you need to lift it?
  • Which position do you need the crane to be fitted to the trailer?

You can find out more here.

Can Penny Hydraulics cranes be PTO driven?


Yes, the cranes in our PH range can be PTO driven.

I need help finding the right product, what are my options?

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

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.


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