Hiab and crane hire


Lifting you higher

Hiab hire

Hiab is a commonly used term for a lorry-mounted crane, these type of vehicles have a huge variety of uses often removing the need for forklifts or mobile cranes to be present at the collection.

Our Hiab services are ideal for private customers and businesses who wish to have goods collected or delivered using our onboard lifting equipment. Using remote-operated lorry loaders and cranes, our drivers can safely position their vehicle to facilitate a lifting method using chains, straps or lifting beams.

Red and blue Hiab carrying a green tractor
A blue shipping container is lifted by a Hiab

Crane hire

Our lorries are fitted with PM mobile-operated cranes which have the lifting capability of up to a ton at 20 metres. Combined with extensions, we have the capability to reach 20 metres.

Our drivers are competent lifting operators and will assess the situation on-site at the time of arrival for any risks or alternative measures required and will communicate the proposed strategy to the site manager or appointed person.

Experienced professionals

From train carriages to helicopters, we’ve moved a whole range of vehicles, materials and machinery. Here’s just some of what we can move, but if you have something a bit different, just get in touch. We love a challenge!

Boat moves

Within easy reach of Poole, Southampton, Portland, Weymouth, Lyme Regis and Portsmouth harbour, we have experience in lifting and relocating boats. A lifter and spreading beam will be used to load safely. Experienced in the importation process, we can also work with the dock on your behalf to arrange a timely collection and delivery.

Plant Machinery

We have a range of plant machinery and will choose the right equipment for your load. Our small beaver tail lorry makes an ideal choice for tight sites including home extensions. Diggers, dumpers, cable drums, vessels, septic tanks, generators and silos are just some of the things we can carry. Our wafer deck trailer can carry higher and bigger loads including abnormal loads.

A blue boat being lifted by a crane
A crane lifts materials in a house build
Shepherds hut being lifted


The benefit of having an onboard crane is we can not only collect your materials but also position them on-site where they are needed, often negating the need for additional forklift or telescopic loader hire. We are often called upon to collect RSJ Steelwork and be on site for installation of roof trusses and steel beams.

Weddings and events

We understand that weddings and events needs to run seamlessly. Crane Away is a reliable service you can trust. We can be on hand to not only deliver mobile buildings, ticket huts and event equipment but the benefit of our onboard lifting equipment means we can assist in erection negating the need to hire extra equipment. Our service is available on a national and international basis. Please feel free to contact us for a no-obligation quote.

Shepherd's huts, glamping pods and yurts

We specialise in moving this kind of accommodation as we have low ride lorries and wafer deck trailers with power steering on the trailers so we can manoeuvre into tight sites. This equipment is ideal for the type of countryside location where you are most likely to need these units installed.