Cranes are useful in so many settings and in so many ways. To call a crane an overhead crane is a matter of a technicality, a truth, and a myth all rolled into one. To explain this better, the following is provided. Technically, All Cranes Are "Overhead" Cranes Technically, any crane that lifts anything over your head is an "overhead" crane. All cranes lift things over people's heads; that is just what cranes do.