Spine-saving Spitzlift mini crane makes light work of heavy loads
By Loz Blain
April 8, 2014
SpitzLift has updated its miniature crane, cutting the weight to 30 lb (13.6 kg), while retaining the ability to lift up to 900 lb (408 kg). It mounts just about anywhere, including on a truck, in a van, or on a pier, and could be a good option to do some heavy lifting without risking your back.
The aluminum Spitzlift comes in manual winch or electric configurations, with the electric version able to be wired to run off your car battery. There’s a stack of different mounting options, so you can bolt a base onto a vertical or horizontal surface, or use a hitch with an extra brace leg that extends down to the ground to support the weight.
It looks like a super easy way to get motorcycles, ATVs or basically any heavy item off the ground and into a truck. And once you’re done, you can lift the crane out of its slot and throw it in the back to travel flat. Businesses with fleets can put multiple mounts on several vehicles and share a single lift between them.
A single kit costs between US$1,000 and $1,500 depending on mounting options and manual or electric winches. The Spitzlift can be seen in action in the video below.