Your crane rental needs will often depend on the job you need done. Whether it’s loading and unloading, whether it’s freight or construction, or even assembling heavy equipment…there’s probably a crane for it! Unfortunately, when it comes to cranes there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all. In this post, I will explain the various types of cranes and cover some tips to help you in your search for the perfect crane.
Different Types of Cranes
Crane rentals vary widely. Mounted cranes can be transported to the site via roads and rough terrains. Floater cranes lift loads off boats. Crawler cranes travel while carrying a heavy load. Here we will touch on the main types of cranes you are likely to run into as you do more research.
Truck crane mount on a vehicle. This allows personnel to easily transport the crane to and from the worksite. On site, the rigging stabilizers usually extend horizontally from the out-board chassis. You can vertically adjust these in order to keep the crane (and its load) stable and suitable for the terrain.
Rough-terrain cranes are mounted on a flatbed undercarriage. They run by an engine that moves the vehicle as well. Typically, contractors use these for off-road pick and carry. Just like truck cranes, rough terrain cranes carry a crane rigging system that stabilizes the machine on uneven ground and hillsides.
These cranes combine the onsite, rough-terrain mobility with the ability to use highways and tarmac roads. Most have four or five axles with all-wheel drive, allowing operators to use them for pick-and-carry operations of heavy loads.
In order to help you choose the right crane for your project, I will share 8 practical tips:
Tip 1: Think Through What Your Project Entails
You can do this in two parts. First, find out exactly what you will need on the site. Then, find out what you need for a successful crane rental. Since you’re already here, good work on that second part!
Keep in mind that when you rent a crane, you should also rent a rigger along with it. Riggers fasten the chains, straps, and cables, and ideally execute the “lift” part of the job. Depending on the project, riggers may also fill other duties. When hiring a rigger, you should know what’s needed on your part, and communicate that as clearly as possible to the rigger. This allows him or her to determine whether you will need more crew members on site. Having the right people is important, both in terms of numbers and skill level. In most cases, it’s best to get a rigger before getting the crane. This will help steer the project in the right direction from the start, and give you a better sense of what kind of crane is perfect for your project.
Tip 2: Get Competitive Bids
Being ahead of the game and knowing what you need will give you more time to look for competitive bids. Keep in mind: expenses add up really fast when renting a crane. Speaking to as many companies as possible before making a purchase may end up saving you quite a bit of money. When talking to crane rental companies, provide them with as much information as you can. Invite them to visit your site. Their expert knowledge can be an asset.
Tip 3: Book your Crane Rental Far in Advance
Book as far in advance as you can. Make yourself and your needs a priority. This helps you avoid situations when you call and find out a crane is not available that day, or when you run into a scheduling mishap when you need the crane most.
Tip 4: Involve the Facility Team
When it comes to making your operation smooth, your facilities crew are your most crucial allies. They will block off the area and inform you about any potential union issues that might affect your project.
Tip 5: Work within Working Hours
Make sure that the whole “pick” is scheduled during normal working hours. This saves quite a bit of money on both the hiring and on the facility. Off hours can increase your crane rental budget by a significant amount.
Tip 6: Coordinate Transportation
It’s imperative to tightly coordinate the transport of equipment and know where everyone is at all times. Make sure you are the point of contact. The crane, crew, and the rest of the equipment needs to arrive in coordinated bliss.
Tip 7: Get the Necessary Permission
Be sure to check what the provisions are in your area for the nature of your project and the use of cranes. We cannot stress how important this is. If you need to temporarily close down a road or block a sidewalk, you want to make sure you have clearance to do so.
“But hold on,” you say. “What if I still don’t know what I’m going to need for my project?” No problem. Make a phone call to local crane rental companies. They can help you navigate the technicalities and ensure you project moves forward without a hitch.
Tip 8: Prepare the Site
Prepping the site for the project is essential. If walls, doors, or windows need to be removed, have it done before the crane arrives. Most riggers don’t do this in most cases, and it becomes the responsibility of the operation team. Put in that bit of prep effort. Trust us, your crew will thank you for it!
To summarize, research and communication are huge throughout the rental process. Do as much recon as you can on the front end. Decide which crane you will need for your project and search for the most competitive bid you can find. Book as far in advance as you can and involve the facility team in your project. Then, make sure you coordinate the transportation of the equipment you will need, and get the necessary clearances for your project to get the green light. Lastly, prepare the site for the crew.
If you have questions as you go, ask them. It’s much better to be that annoying client who’s always asking questions instead of the client that failed to communicate with anyone and has no clue what’s going on!