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Have you been looking for mini crane hire for your worksite or project? Membrey’s mini crane hire in Melbourne has a versatile range of crawlers that can be conveniently used in cramped or tight spaces due to their relatively small size. 

Mini cranes are compact and typically have a minimal tail swing radius, making them a practical choice for jobs in tight spots, building sites and project constructions conducted in roads or pavements. Due to their compact size, they can be easily transported to your worksite via a truck. Below are some of the awesome mini cranes we have for hire at Membrey’s Transport and Crane Hire.


The UNIC URW-295 is a mini crawler crane that is compact enough to fit through your average doorframe, making it the perfect choice for jobs in narrow and hard to reach spaces. It has a lifting power of 2.9 tonnes and a maximum working radius of 8.41m. The working capacity of this mini spider crane is 2.9t x 1.4m. This machine is suitable for glass installations, cladding panel installations, steel beams, and spa relocation.

The URW-295 is outfitted with a range of innovative safety and operation features, including:

  • A computer-controlled moment limiter
  • Multi-function radio remote control
  • Computer-controlled intelligent voice warning system
  • Overwinding alarm
  • Unique pressure compensation proportional valve
  • Intelligent throttle activation and more.


The UNIC URW-376 is a mid-capacity spider crane available for hire at Membrey’s. It has a lifting power of 2.9 tonnes and the six-section hydraulic boom allows for a maximum working radius of 14.45m. The working capacity of this mini spider crane is 2.9t x 2.5m. Similar to the previous crane, the URW-376 is most suitable for installation of glass panels, steel beams and spa relocation.

The UNIC URW-376 has similar features to the URW-295, however it can be controlled from the onboard operator’s seat and also from a distance via the radio remote control.


With heavy lifting power and ultimate flexibility, this crane is suitable for a vast range of lifting applications. The UNIC URW-506 is a portable crane that has a lifting power of 3 tonnes and a maximum working radius of 15.52m. The working capacity of this mini spider crane is 3.0t x 3.4m, or up to 4t when the 5 fall hook block (optional) is in use. 

If you need precision, the working area limitation device on the URW-506 will allow you to specify the working area, giving you greater safety and control when working in sensitive areas. This feature can be found on all UNIC spider crane models featuring a safe load indicator

The URW-506 boasts a range of features, including:

  • Computer-controlled moment limiter
  • Computer-controlled intelligent voice warning system
  • Intelligent throttle activation
  • Multi-function operation via radio remote control
  • Overwinding alarm
  • Automatic hook stow and more.

Maeda MC 285

The Maeda MC 285 crawler crane has the ability to lift in small spaces due to its compact working footprint and minimal tail swing. The MC 285 pick and carry crane is an efficient machine with a maximum crane capacity of 2.82t x 1.4m and a maximum working radius of 0.15t x 8.205m.

The Maeda MC 285 boast a number of premium features, including:

  • A programmable moment limiter
  • Slew angle limit setting
  • Multi outrigger positions
  • Multi outrigger lifting mode
  • Crane/outrigger interlock system
  • Digital feedback remote control
  • 4 Fall/2 Fall hook block and more.

If you are searching for a pick and carry crane with a larger lifting capacity check out our other cranes for hire. For more information or to organise mim crane hire, contact the friendly team at Membrey’s today on (03) 9554 4040.

At Membrey’s we make it happen, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on some of the awesome work that has been happening at Membrey’s.

Membrey’s recently made an oversized delivery to the PACCAR Australia plant located in Bayswater. The trusty team at Kenworth Truck Bayswater helped us to MAKE IT HAPPEN. Measuring 20 metres in length, Membrey’s superstar ‘Jack’ brought with it Australia’s largest Trussed Bridge Crane. The crane is as part of the $37 million plant expansion due to be completed in 2021.

Late last month, a 90-tonne crane toppled onto a power substation in South-East Melbourne causing chaos as 40 sets of traffic lights blacked out and 20 thousand homes lost power. Membrey’s came to the rescue and were on the scene quickly to help solve the problem. My daughter, Leah Membrey, even made an appearance on 7 News to comment on what happened


On September 24th, I had the honour of speaking at the New Zealand Road Transport Conference. New Zealand has one of the highest male suicide rates in the world and as it was mental health awareness week the timing was ideal. It never gets easier to tell my story, but I know if it can help one person – stop one family from going through what my family and I have gone through, it’s worth it.

Over the last few months we have made some new additions to the Membrey’s fleet which we are very excited about. We are now the proud owners of a 5×8 Swingwide Extendable with Rear Steer manufactured by the amazing Drake Group. We’ve also picked up a few other new additions, such as the 40-tonne Franna, 410 twin steer Kenworth with Mega Hiab, Maeda MC 285 and (F1XUP) Field service truck. Check out the newest members of the fleet below!


We can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings. Follow our Facebook page to keep in the loop about what’s going on at Membrey’s Transport and Crane Hire.

Membrey’s Cranes Melbourne – Monash Freeway upgrade gantry lift timelapse.

Melbourne is set to take over Sydney as the most populous city in Australia.

The 2016 census, released by Australian Bureau of Statistics, found Australia’s population has grown by 8.8 per cent to 24.4 million people since the last time it was measured in 2011.


With Melbourne recently taking home “World’s Most Liveable City” for the seventh year in a row, it is no surprise that the majority of new arrivals are flocking to the coffee, the culture and the general cool atmosphere of Melbourne.  


Fast growth in an urban setting comes with a lot of opportunity alongside a need for infrastructure improvements to accommodate.  The city of Melbourne is well aware of the needs associated with current and projected growth, and have responded with a large-scale, innovative upgrade of the heavily relied upon Monash Freeway.  Read on to learn more about the upgrade, who is doing the work, and how it will benefit you.


Who is in charge of the upgrades?


Recognising the immediate need for an upgrade, the Victorian Government and Transurban have partnered up to plan and fund the improvements. At Membrey’s, we are thrilled to be working alongside the Victorian Government to ensure a better transit system for Melbourne residents, both now and in the future.


Where will the upgrades take place?


The upgrades will take place on a 30km stretch from Chadstone to Pakenham.

This area, also known as the M1 corridor, is critical to a huge number of Melbournians.  This stretch of freeway is where over half of the Melbourne workforce is employed, where over three-quarters of Melbourne students study, and where one-third of Melbournians live.


Over 200,000 motorists use this stretch of freeway daily, with numbers expected to increase.  In the past 10 years, the number of cars using the stretch has increased by 50 percent and the freeway has been at capacity during peak periods since 2010.  


What will the upgrades include?


The benefits of this upgrade will come with the usual headaches of road construction.  However, these will be minimised with efficient and quality traffic management solutions.


Below are the major improvements motorists will enjoy from the upgrade:

  • Additional lanes
  • New ramp signals
  • New barriers
  • Noise wall replacements and upgrades
  • Improved lighting and drainage
  • Widened bridges at eight locations


In addition, the following technological improvements will take place:

  • New and upgraded ramp technology
  • New and upgraded data stations which gather real time traffic data to feed into the freeway management system


How will the upgrades impact me and other motorists?


A lot of data collection and research has gone into the what and how of these upgrades.  Once completed, motorists will enjoy the following benefits:


  • 20% reduction in road collisions
  • Reduced travel times
  • Room for an additional 2000 cars in peak hours
  • Room for 50% more vehicles on Hallan Pass


For you environmentalists out there, fear not!  We have a comprehensive environmental policy to ensure motorists enjoy these upgrades without compromising the environment.


The Monash Freeway upgrade project began in September 2016 and is set for completion in 2018.  The short term strains of construction on the freeway will result in long term gains of a faster, safer and more reliable journey on a previously congested stretch of freeway.


If you have questions about any aspect of the implementation of this project, don’t hesitate to contact us for answers.  In the meantime, start planning what you will do with the extra time you will gain once your commute time decreases with this new freeway!

Boom Logistics 160 Tonne Crane Body

Boom Logistics 160 Tonne Crane Body

Heavy haulage and transport are a major sector in Australia that keeps the country moving. Without it we would be lost. Read for a list of suggested safety tips for anyone in the transport industry.

  1. Safety First – safety of yourself and those around you is of the utmost importance.
  2. Defensive driver training – prepare for the worst, blowouts, being cut off or a tree falling. Drivers need to know how to stop fast and safely.
  3. Know what to do in an emergency – its important to know how to respond in an emergency situation, accidents or incidents can occur at anytime, a company with good safety policies will have a procedure in place for an emergency.
  4. Regular maintenance and inspections – this should be a no-brainer but it is imperative that all equipment is up to date and in working order.
  5. Road and situational awareness – being an aware driver, looking ahead at the road, the other vehicles and interpreting situations make driving a lot easier and safer.
  6. Drug and Alcohol testing – drugged drivers is an issue in the transport industry that needs to be addressed. Regular but random drug & alcohol tests are a must in any transport workplace.
  7. Avoid Fatigue – fatigue is a leading killer on the roads, proper breaks and log book maintenance are ways to monitor fatigue. Arrive Alive

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130t Liebherr and 60t Liebherr Dual Lift Mobile Cranes

130t Liebherr and 60t Liebherr Dual Lift Mobile Cranes

While cranes are equipment that make large jobs a lot easier, they come with strict procedures that must be followed to improve safety, maximise productivity and success. Here are 5 safety tips to consider when operating cranes.

1. Understand the requirement of the Job – each job is different so its important you understand all the requirements – even the little details.

2. Identify all existing and new hazards – staying safe means you need to identify possible hazards, some of the common ones include; overloaded cranes, improperly secured loads and falling materials.

3. Hire an Experienced crane operator – this may seem obvious and most hire companies supply the operator when you hire but you can still check their tickets and ensure they are in date and still relevant.

4. Comply with all Work Health and Safety Laws – this is also a given, most works may require pre-start checklists, SWMS, permits and other documentation to ensure the works conducted are lawful.

5. Perform daily safety inspections – you could have the best operators but if the machinery isn’t up to standard you are putting workers and anyone nearby at risk. Daily checks are an essential preventative measure.

50t Mobile and 2t Franna Recovery

50t Mobile and 2t Franna Recovery

More information about our crane truck hire. You can reach us by calling 9554 4040. Alternatively, you can send us an email via our contact page.

The 200t Liebherr crane was out working last week on a new bridge installation, a job like this requires careful planning – as you need to consider multiple factors including but not limited to, weather, weight and dimensions, OHS issues, overhead wires, traffic limitations, permits and you need to consider others.

The Little Molap St bridge was installed smoothly and ahead of schedule. Nothing beats a well executed job.

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Are you a avid collector of die cast models?

Membrey’s have a trailer included with the brand new ‘Fleet Series’ to be released by The Drake Shop later this year.

Along with the platform trailer and dolly you will get a hand signed certificate signed by Craig Membrey.

Perfect for any collection.

You can pre-order yours at The Drake Shop

Make It Happen!


Late Jan 2017 we were called out to remove a gantry along the Monash Freeway, the signage for the Cranbourne/Hastings exit.


The job took the team approx 6 hours to assess the work, hook up the gantry and safely lift it to the ground.


Works like this need to be done as soon as possible to reduce the amount of time the freeway is closed.


The crane used was our 130tonne Liebherr Crane plus our cherry pickers to do the rigging.


This removal is all apart of the Monash Freeway upgrade that is currently underway to widen the road and make the daily commute a little easier.


Make it Happen!


Rowan Truck

Rowan Truck

Craig got to have a chat with Owner Driver magazine at the Truckie’s Reunion.


Taken from article;

‘Owner//Driver chats to Hall of Fame inductee Craig Membrey.

This year’s National Road Transport Hall of Fame was extra special, with almost 300 names added to the Wall of Fame….

Owner//Driver attended the event this year, along with thousands of people from across Australia. We caught up with inductee Craig Membrey and chatted to him about his very special Kenworth truck.


You can read more about this year’s Hall of Fame in the October edition of Owner//Driver magazine



You can see the full story plus video here.