Gantry Crane Vs Overhead Crane

Let the battle of the cranes commence!! You can find several types of overhead cranes, including,

  • Jib cranes
  • Single & double girder cranes
  • Monorail cranes
  • Workstation crane
  • Top-running bridge crane
  • Gantry cranes

What Is A Gantry Crane?

A gantry crane is a crane on top of a structure used to straddle a mechanism or object – the gantry. These can vary considerably in size, such as lifting a car or a heavy ship’s engine, lifting up to 14 tons! A gantry crane supports its bridge, trolley and hoists with legs giving it mobility. The legs can travel along the ground using wheels or ride on rails fixed to the ground. You often find gantry cranes working below existing bridge-crane systems, typically in use outdoors.

What Is An Overhead Or Bridge Crane?

Like the gantry crane, an overhead crane can lift small to enormous loads – up to 100 tons! The heavy-duty overhead head cranes ‘bridge’ an area moving heavy loads from one place to another using the overhead space in your facility. Overhead cranes are securely mounted, configured and designed to fit a specific loading application with particular components and accessories. 

Main Differences between An Overhead Crane & A Gantry Crane


An overhead crane is fixed in place. They are popular for use in overcrowded spaces and when dangerous materials need moving. 

Moveable gantry cranes can be easily disassembled or moved to another location.


Overhead, bridge cranes are the goliaths of the lifting world. You can easily convey heavy-duty loads with these mounted structures. 

Gantry cranes are middle-weights lifters, more versatile in their loads and how they convey them—often used for moving delicate machinery like CAT scans. 


Heavy-duty overhead cranes come with heavy-duty price tags. Gantry cranes, on the other hand, are a lot cheaper. Another big plus with the gantry cranes is you can rent them for specific jobs. Portable cranes can be easily assembled and dismantled at the site.

Choose The Right Crane For The Job

When it comes to battling it out, these different cranes bring something to the table. Knowing their uses helps you make an informed choice for the crane that suits your needs, like what you need to lift, your workspace and your budget. If you have any queries about which crane would be suitable for you, give us a call and talk to the experts.

Why Choose An Overhead Crane

You would use an overhead crane for dangerous areas with hazards and severe conditions. Overhead cranes are efficient and safe, chosen for work such as moving heated metals, chemicals or toxic materials. These cranes can also work several times faster than a floor or land-based equipment. In both cases, they safely move materials without endangering the workers.

Why Choose A Gantry Crane

Flexibility, versatility, and cost! At Heavylifts, we have 40 yrs of experience in providing specialised gantry cranes, including a portable gantry crane that can lift and move odd-shaped equipment, delicate or clumsy equipment in tight spaces both indoors and out.