A photo of a self erecting tower crane erected by Mantis Cranes

Versatile Self Erecting Tower Cranes

Designed to be compact, efficient, and adaptable, self-erecting tower cranes are known for their versatility. Call them self erecting tower cranes, self-erectors, tower cranes, self erector tower cranes or SETC’s, there is no denying that these highly flexible cranes are hugely popular on construction sites throughout UK and Ireland.

We take a look at the reasons for their popularity.


These compact cranes can be easily transported to the site ensuring their suitability for a wide range of projects. Once on site, they are also easy to move to different areas within the site, as work progresses.

Fast Erection and Dismantle times

Self erectors can be erected and dismantled quickly, helping to reduce downtime and improve productivity.

Small Footprint

The minimal footprint of the self erecting tower crane means that it needs less space than comparable cranes. A compact footprint is invaluable on congested sites where space is restricted. This tidy footprint means that the self erector can be placed close to the building under construction or to the boundary, improving its ability to service all areas on site.

Remote Operation

Many self erectors can be operated remotely, which increases safety on site and allows for more precise lifting and laying of materials.

Cost Effective Lifting Solution

Self erectors, due to the speed of erection and dismantle, are a cost-effective solution for many construction projects.


The Mantis Cranes range of self-erecting tower cranes offers a lifting capacity from 2,000 kg up to 6,000 kg ensuring that we will have a crane suitable for all construction projects and lifting requirements.

Reduce Environmental Impact

Self erectors can be powered by on-site electricity or a generator. On-site electricity results in low noise levels and reduced emissions. Zero tailpipe emissions from the cranes on construction sites will help support the industry’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions in construction.

Compact Size

Due to their compact size, these cranes can be lifted into position or lifted out over obstacles and buildings. This allows the crane to be placed in an optimal position to maximise reach and improve efficiency.

The GAPO remote-controlled crane mover can position a self-erector on site and help in loading and unloading these compact cranes. Have a look at a self erector being moved into place using The GAPO here.

Mantis Cranes fleet of self erecting tower cranes includes lifting options from 2T to 6T. The diverse nature of the Mantis Cranes fleet ensures that there is a suitable option for every crane hire situation. Mantis Cranes regularly update our fleet with new cranes to ensure our customers have access to the most efficient lifting solutions.

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