At Stoddart Crane Hire we offer 24 / 7 crane hire and contract lift services throughout the Highlands, Islands and the UK nationwide. We supply a wide range of lifting equipment ranging from 5Te to 250Te, including mobile cranes and crawler cranes, as well as a range of heavy haulage and support vehicles to help get your project completed.


Stoddart Crane Hire operates the largest and most modern fleet of specialist lifting equipment throughout Scotland. We also offer full operational and logistical support to ensure that all necessary pre-lift preparation, including load calculations, are conducted to ensure maximum site safety and fantastic service.


We believe in excellence at every level. Our operations team are highly experienced and can advise you on the best lifting equipment hire solution for your project, whether that be contract lift or crane hire. Our lifting team is made up of expert operators, so your job is always in qualified and competent hands.


We know how to work with Scottish terrain. Our team can advise on the best equipment for hard to reach areas and solve logistical challenges that can arise from adverse conditions or sub-optimal ground, ensuring your project proceeds safely and efficiently.


Stoddart Crane Hire’s contract lift service gives clients the full benefit of our logistical support services, personnel and experience, ensuring a professional service. As part of our contract lift provision, Stoddart Crane Hire will take responsibility for the organisation and control of the lifting operation, and provide all lifting equipment, support vehicles, personnel and the appointed person to conduct the lift in accordance with BS7121.

Our experienced operations team will liaise directly with the client and advise on the best lifting solution based on the specification of the required work and a survey of the site. We will assist with all stages of the operation, including road transport, logistics and the supply of specialist equipment. Stoddart Crane Hire’s operations team perform a 24 / 7 contract lift service and are always available to assist.


Stoddart Crane Hire Will:

  • Take on full responsibility of the hire.
  • Provide a competent appointed person who has the knowledge, experience and understanding of the lifting operation.
  • Provide a qualified and competent Crane Operator.
  • Provide a qualified and competent Lift Supervisor.
  • Plan the lift and operate a safe system of work.
  • Provide a Method Statement, Lifting Plan and Lift Plan Drawing.
  • Ensure that the crane hired is of a suitable type and capacity.
  • Provide and crane and lifting equipment that is properly maintained, tested and certified.


  • Negligence by the hirer.
  • Inadequate or unstable ground conditions.
  • Inadequate or incorrect information supplied in connection with the goods being lifted.


Our lifting equipment hire service is ideal for individuals and organisations who already have the personnel and expertise to carry out safe lifting operations.

As well as a modern fleet of cranes and specialist lifting equipment, Stoddart Crane Hire also operates a range of additional equipment, support vehicles and additional equipment such as outrigger mats available to clients for hire.


Stoddart Crane Hire Will:

  • Carry out all work in accordance with BS7121 & LOLER 1998.
  • Provide a competent appointed person who has the knowledge, experience and understanding of the lifting operation.
  • Provide insurance which covers the following;
    • Loss of, or damage to our plant whilst on site.
    • Loss of, or damage to the goods whilst being lifted.
    • Continuing hire charges whilst the plant is “off the road” for repairs during damage.
    • Public liability, injury to operator, injury to other parties, including their property, arising from the cranes operations.
    • Provide a qualified and competent Lift Supervisor.
    • Plan the lift and operate a safe system of work.
    • Provide all Method Statements and Risk Assessments.
    • Ensure that the crane hired is of a suitable type and capacity.


    • Provide and crane and lifting equipment that is properly maintained, tested and certified.
    • Provide a certified and competent Crane Operator.


Working In Tight Spaces

Stoddart Crane Hire’s Grove GMK5250L working under Contract Lift utilising it’s great hydraulic luffing fly jib duties.

With the site being tight for space the hydraulic fly jib was used on 0° to initially pick the object up followed by using its luffing fly under load to 50° to get the required radius for its final position.

Words From Our Clients

“In my experience working closely with  Stoddart Crane Hire over the last 12 years – they have been excellent. It is not just about hiring cranes with Stoddart Crane Hire – They will go the extra mile to make sure your job is completed safely & on time, a very good and competent family run company.”

– Kenny Ross

Words From Our Clients

“SSE Hydro Maintenance has used Stoddart Crane Hire for both routine and challenging operations over the years and has in all cases received a very professional service where their extensive experience, safety awareness and attention to detail have always ensured that the jobs have been completed efficiently and safely.”

– SSE Hydro Maintenance

Words From Our Clients

“Thanks for all your help and we wouldn’t of got to this stage without your expertise and customer focus. A first-class service from a first-class local Highland Company.”

– Alex Smith

Words From Our Clients

“I feel well-placed to state that Stoddart Crane Hire are exceptional within their field, having worked with various crane hire companies during my carer but let me tell you what separates them from their competitors – they have highly skilled and dedicated personnel who harbour a wealth of knowledge and experience making it an easy choice to keep working with them at every opportunity. As a family run business, I can honestly say that Stoddart’s will go that extra mile for you every time. Stoddart’s have supported MGL in many major projects during my tenure, and I have had nothing but exceptionally positive experiences on every occasion, and will absolutely continue to use Stoddart’s going forward.”


Words From Our Clients

“We are delighted with the service that Stoddart crane hire provide, from easy booking of cranes and easily contacted if requirements need to be changed. Any additional information we require they are more than happy to help. Cranes turn up on time every time, with all necessary documentation and all drivers are very helpful.”

– Colin Findlay

Words From Our Clients

“I have used Stoddart Crane Hire for a number of complex lifting operations and have always found them to be competent in the work undertaken, flexible in their approach and undertake the work to a very high standard. A recent operation involved very complicated logistical planning, which had to change with short notice, they then worked extended hours to ensure the lift took place during the available weather window. Always friendly in their communication and during delivery and the lifting plans and risk assessments are to a high quality. Will be using them again.”

– Colin McKenzie