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Material Handler Cranes

Hiab material handling cranes are designed to facilitate the movement, storage, protection, and control of materials. Our cranes withstand the toughest conditions, combining tough construction with smart solutions that give a competitive edge in productivity and reliability. These material handling cranes provide industry revolutionizing technology and offers unrivaled safety levels that also elevate payload and efficiency. This material handling equipment is crucial for ensuring efficient distribution, consumption, and disposal processes.

A Material Handler for Every Application

HIAB Material Handling Loaders come in all shapes and sizes. To find out which HIAB material handling loader best fits your industry application, click on the link below and select your industry.

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An S-boom material handling loader must be stowed over the load or on the truck bed during transport. It cannot be stowed or folded behind the cab or at the rear of the truck.

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A Z-boom material handling loader can be folded in a “Z-shape” motion to be stowed behind the cab of the truck or at the rear of the chassis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What size material handler do I need?

To determine this, ask yourself, how heavy is the material you are lifting and how far do you need to reach? These two answers will narrow the selection. Hiab offers a wide selection of material handler sizes.

What boom style should I choose?

If you want to stow the boom over the cargo area, an S-boom will be the one for you. If you're wanting to keep the boom out of the cargo area, a Z-boom will be the best choice.

What Material Handling Grapple do I need?

The material you are handling will determine the type of grapple needed. For example, timber requires a bypass grapple, waste and storm debris may need an orange peel grapple. There are many types of grapples to choose from. Working with an industry expert can help narrow the selection.

What is the warranty period for Hiab Material Handlers?

Hiab offers the best and most comprehensive warranty in the material handling crane market. Two full years of coverage on all components! Fully supported by our market-leading national service network, we can come to you with one of our 200 + mobile technicians.

Do you have radio controls?

Absolutely! We offer several models with radio control, along with standing platforms and top seats.

What is a material handler?

A material handler is a machine used for lifting materials such as timber, waste & recycling materials, aggregates and debris. The purpose of a material handling loader is to load and unload materials from one place to another.

What is a forestry crane?

A forestry crane, sometimes referred to as a timber crane, material handler, or log loader, are normally mounted on a straight truck or a trailer and are designed to load and unload timber.

Features That Optimize Operations


Operator Safety and Comfort

Hiab Loaders top seat area has been designed with operator safety in mind. The operator area is surrounded with safety rails, and the premium top seat is comfortable, ergonomic, and easy to access. The seat has wide range of adjustments, allowing it to be adjusted to the ideal working position. All standard operations are at arm's reach from the top seat, offering easy access to the stabilizer controls, truck start/stop, e-stop, and work light controls.


Download Our First Time Buyer's Guide

Whether you know exactly what you're looking for, or you are looking for more information on our product lines, download our first time buyer's guide for more information.

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HIAB Material Handler Control Systems

Determining the correct control system is an important part of selecting the correct material handling crane for your application. From mechanically operated levers, electronic joysticks, to battery operated remote controls and an extensive list of safety features, Hiab has the control system to make your material handler one of the safest and most reliable on the market today.


Find The Right Material Handling Crane Attachments

HIAB material handling crane attachments are the ideal solution for your material handling needs. With a broad range of material handling grapples and other specialized attachments, your material handler can be adapted to get the job done!

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Industry Challenges



Hiab brings a longer service life to the material handling market. They are designed and constructed to thrive on high-intensity, heavy-duty work year after year. Day-to-day productivity is secured by Hiab’s industry-leading nationwide service network and exceptional 2 years’ full warranty plus 3 years’ structural component warranty program.


2-Year Industry Leading Warranties

Hiab Material Handling Cranes are built to perform, with strong materials and a quality of workmanship no other supplier can match. And because we build them with care, we stand behind them with confidence. Today all Hiab Material Handlers come with a two-year standard warranty that applies to all components.

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