• 3.9 min read

    In 1999 when Mantis Cranes introduced the first self erecting crane to the Irish market, the Ma-sol 18 06 had a maximum lifting capacity of 1,500 kg. Fast forward to 2024 and the self erectors in the Mantis Cranes range now lift loads up to 6 T, with tower cranes lifting up to 24 T. Advancements in crane capabilities in response to changing customer requirements have resulted in a very different landscape for the crane hire industry.

  • 2.5 min read

    Adhering to deadlines is crucial on construction sites and crane downtime can lead to a myriad of problems for contractors. Cutting crane downtime is the key to achieving deadlines. Deadlines range from permit & regulatory deadlines, material delivery deadlines, subcontractor deadlines, and budgetary deadlines to the final project completion deadline. Minimising crane downtime is pivotal to the overall success of a construction project.

  • 2.4 min read

    When restoring historic buildings, care must be taken to preserve these buildings for future generations. Cranes play a crucial role in this process and provide the necessary means of material handling, access, precision, and safety required to carry out restorations without causing additional damage. Over the years, Mantis Cranes have been involved in a number of iconic projects in some recognisable places that involved considerable planning not just to put the crane in place but also for the daily management of materials handling.

  • 2.8 min read

    Since 1999 Mantis Cranes has been hiring and selling self erecting cranes, tower cranes and luffing cranes from our base in Co. Donegal. Over that time the company has grown to become an established name in our primary markets of UK and Ireland, offering a nationwide service in both countries.

  • 2.3 min read

    After a year or so of market research, numerous trips to Italy and a lot of days thinking “will we or won't we” in 1999, Mantis Cranes, known as Masol Ireland at the time, took a bold step and introduced the first hydraulic self erecting tower crane to Ireland.

  • 2.6 min read

    Selecting a Self Erecting Tower Crane

    Self erecting tower cranes, due to their mobility, fast erection and dismantle times and small footprint, are often suited to shorter-term construction projects, especially where space is limited. There are many different manufacturers of self erectors, offering a variety of models suited to different height and capacity requirements. In addition, there are many crane-hire companies to choose from so how do you make the right decision?

    In this article we outline the top tips to follow when hiring a self erecting tower crane.

  • 3.2 min read

    Safety is the cornerstone of every successful construction project and crane safety is central to this.

    When it comes to tower cranes and self erecting tower cranes, compliance with the latest safety requirements is paramount to the safe operation of the crane on site. Adherence to safety standards, regular inspections, and proper training are essential for preventing accidents and ensuring the efficient operation of the crane on site.

    In this article we outline some crane safety tips to follow on site.

  • 2.6 min read

    The ideal location for a crane on the construction site is a balance between access, functionality, safety, and efficiency. To maximise the efficiency of the crane, it should be placed in an optimal position to allow it to service as much of the site as possible. Installing the crane before construction starts can be straightforward. However, as the building rises around the crane, dismantling and extracting it becomes difficult. The solution: rise above it.

    Lifting In and Lifting out a crane is often the best solution. Here we look at the steps to follow when completing a lift in or lift out of a Self Erecting Tower Crane.

  • 3 min read

    Mantis Cranes supply goods and passenger hoists throughout Ireland & Northern Ireland. Construction Hoists are used to vertically move people and/or materials on-site and improve safety and efficiency when moving goods and personnel to higher levels.

    GEDA, a German manufacturer of construction hoists recently published a web post on a GEDA 1200 Z/ZP transport platform supplied and installed by Mantis Cranes in Dalkey Co. Dublin. Read what they said about this project here: https://www.geda.de/en/company/news/news-detail/news/geda-blue-on-the-emerald-isle/

  • 2.5 min read

    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.

    As crane safety on construction sites is of paramount importance, we outline the steps and guidelines that should be followed for the safe operation of cranes. Safety should always be the top priority when operating a crane on construction sites and Mantis Cranes is committed to playing its part in this through regular servicing and maintenance of all lifting equipment and accessories, both before delivery to site and during the duration of the hire.