Alliance Guide to Genie Material Lifts

Alliance Tool Hire is proud to offer a fleet of high-quality lifting equipment, including the versatile and reliable Genie material lifts.

Our commitment to excellence extends to our team of Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) qualified lifting engineers. These engineers are experts in their field and ensure that our lifting equipment is maintained to the highest safety standards.

We are also able to test, inspect and service your own equipment, which should happen every 6 or 12 months depending on the product. You can find out more about the servicing regulations for lifting equipment here and get in touch with us to find out more. 

Here we take a closer look at some of our most popular Genie hires and explore how they can be put to work on site.

Genie Material Lifts

Material lifts help you to safely lift, move and position heavy loads. The Genie SLA10, 15, and 25 material lifts are some of the most popular models in the Genie range, which vary by maximum lift height and safe working load. The higher the material lift, the lower the safe working load. All three are used in construction to lift materials such as lintels, beams, roofwork, electrical appliances and air vents and ducting. 

The key factors that influence material lift selection are lifting height, load weight and distance from the side of the load to the load centre. Genie defines the loadcentre as the balancing point, or centre of gravity, of a load, and measures this distance from the side of the load that will be closest to the carriage. Use the table below to estimate the model and number of material lifts that you will need.

Maximum Load Capacity (kg)

Based on load centre distance and material lift model

   Load centre distance (cm)


Material lift model
SLA10 Max height: 3.49m454414374335295272249227204181
SLA15 Max height: 4.98m363346329312295281268254240227
SLA25 Max height: 7.94m295264235204193181170159150141132122113

For example, say you need to lift a 400kg beam that is 200cm long to a height of 2m. The load centre distance would be at 100cm so the SLA10 Genie model would be able to lift up to half of the load (204kg). Therefore you would need two Genie material lifts to safely lift the beam. 

Talk to our specialist Lifting Engineers to work out the best solution for you.

Genie Counterbalance Lifts

In addition to standard material lifts, Genie also offers a range of counterbalance models for use when there is limited access, such as in confined spaces or on uneven terrain. The outriggers and counterbalance weights are at the back of the machine and the lifting attachments are in front of the lift so they can be used right up against walls, giving you more flexibility.

ModelWeight capacityMax Lift HeightReal life examples of use
SLA10454kg3.49 mSteel beams, lintels, roof trusses, electrical equipment, ducting, appliances, air vents.
SLK15360kg5mAir conditioning units, window panes, heating, ventilation, all up against walls.


Genie material lifts also come with a range of accessories – such as fork extensions, and booms – that can be used to customise the lift to suit specific needs. 

Fork extensions are helpful when you need to lift bulkier loads, such as pallets or long pipes, extending the standard forks by 760mm.

A boom is an attachment that extends the horizontal reach of a material lift, transforming your lift into a mobile vertical crane. This allows the user to hoist things like tooling fixtures, circuit breakers and engines into position.

Get in touch with the team

If you’re looking for a reliable and versatile material lift for your construction project, then Genie is definitely the brand to choose. With their range of standard and counterbalance lifts, as well as a variety of available accessories, there’s sure to be a Genie lift that’s perfect for your specific needs. View the full range here.

At Alliance Tool Hire, we’re proud to offer a range of Genie material lifts for hire, so get in touch with us today to find out more about our range of equipment and services.

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