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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.

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!

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!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The team at Membrey’s would like to wish all our customers, suppliers and partners a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year


This year was a big year for our team working on numerous tenders and projects for civil and construction.


We look forward to a prosperous 2017

CLF7 Locomotives made their last journey last week to the scrap metal pile, these trains had served well in their time.


An enthusiast made a great video of the move, see below




The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 2016 was last weekend, boy what a event! Together with Beyond blue, DNA Racing and the Driver Max Twigg – we had a Porsche compete in the Carrera Cup.




Staying healthy and safe at work is important. No matter what your job, it is important to reduce your risks of injury and illness at work.


Here are some tips to help make your workplace safe;

  1. Understand the risks. Once you know the particular hazards of your job or workplace, you can take steps to reduce your risk of work-related injury or illness.
  2. Reduce workplace stress. Common causes include long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity and conflicts with coworkers or bosses. Stress can lead to depression, sleeping difficulties and problems with concentration.
  3. Take regular breaks. Staying fresh and alert will help you avoid injury or burnout. Schedule the most difficult tasks of each day for times when your concentration is best, such as first thing in the morning.
  4. Avoid stooping or twisting. Use ergonomically designed furniture and equipment, and rearrange your work area so that everything you need is within easy reach.
  5. Use mechanical aids whenever possible. Instead of trying to lift or carry a heavy object, use a wheelbarrow, conveyor belt, crane or forklift.
  6. Protect your back. If you do need to pick up and carry heavy loads, keep the load close to your body and lift with your thigh muscles.
  7. Wear protective equipment to suit the task. If worn correctly, gear such as earplugs, earmuffs, hard hat, safety goggles, gloves or full-face mask can dramatically reduce your risk of injury.
  8. Stay sober. Alcohol and drugs are a contributing factor in around three per cent of workplace fatalities.
  9. Talk over any concerns. Your employer or human resources manager need to be informed about hazards and risks. Your employer is legally obliged to ensure a safe working environment.
  10. Know your rights. Organisations such as WorkSafe Victoria or unions can offer information and advice on workplace safety issues.


Health & Safety is paramount at Membrey’s and it should be at your workplace too.


Membrey’s will be taking part in a number of the Level Crossing Removals throughout Melbourne – having already completed the Ormond, Bentleigh and Centre Rds.
The next project we have our eyes on is the concrete segments for the following project;
The Major construction to remove the nine level crossings between Dandenong and the City is about to begin.


From early August, two ‘gantry cranes’ weighing 230 tonnes will be installed near Murrumbeena Station in readiness for an advanced engineering feat never seen before in Victoria.


The huge gantry cranes — 40 metres wide and 150 metres long — will be used to install 2,500 locally-manufactured segments of the new elevated rail while trains are running below.



This methodology significantly reduces the impact on passengers and nearby residents during construction.


This video shows the steps the project will take to complete the railways – and Membrey’s will help “Make it Happen!”