Renting a crane isn’t a small investment. These machines are expensive, difficult to transport, and challenging to operate if you haven’t planned properly. The last thing anyone wants after spending their hard-earned money and valuable time planning for their project, is the wrong piece of equipment. Unfortunately, for cranes there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all. Every project is different. So, you have to do a bit of research yourself first. In this post, we explain various types of cranes and the kinds of projects they’re best for. Then we walk you through how to choose the right crane for your project, step by step.
Different Types of Cranes
Let’s take a look at the different options you have when deciding which crane to choose for your project:
1. Truck Cranes
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.
Choosing the Right Crane
Ensuring you have the correct equipment, the first time, is vital in making sure your job stays on schedule, and is cost-effective and efficient. This helps you in the long run, too, by keeping your own customers happy and minimizing your stress.
Here are our top ___ tips for choosing the right crane:
Tip 1: Think through what the project requires
Perhaps the most important tip (and most obvious) tip is to think about what you need done. You can figure this out 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: 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: Assess your job site
Our next tip is to take a good look at the site and ask yourself a couple questions. First, think about obstructions. We see many obstacles at job sites that interfere with a crane’s ability to safely operate or perform the appropriate work as needed for the project.
Also think about the terrain and accessibility of the site. Examine the route for maneuverability of difficult hills. Evaluate if the roads are suitable for transport, or if weather or any other environmental factors make the delivery and operation of certain cranes an issue. Be sure to discuss all of this with your crane rental partner. They have likely managed many projects and can lend valuable insight.
Tip 3: Get competitive bids
Being ahead of the game and knowing what you need will give you more time to look for competitive bids. Remember: expenses add up 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 4: Choose and book the crane 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.
To summarize, research and communication are imperative throughout the rental process. Do as much recon as you can on the front end. Decide which crane you’ll need for your project and search for the most competitive bid you can find. Then, book as far in advance as you can.
If you have questions as you go, ask. 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!
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