Things to Consider When Choosing a Crane

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Which Type of Crane Do I Need?

You have a heavy load that has to get from point A to point B -- it’s time to call in a crane. Deciding which crane to use, however, is not such a simple conclusion. Cranes vary from mounted cranes that can travel on roads, to rough terrain cranes for more remote, rugged sites, to crawler cranes that are able to travel while carrying a load, to floating cranes that can lift loads off of boats.

Every individual crane has abilities and features that make choosing the right one for a job easy. A good, certified crane dealer will have a wide option of cranes for you to choose. Some of the most used and accessible cranes are:

  • All-Terrain Cranes
  • Boom Truck Cranes
  • Carry Deck Cranes
  • Crawler Cranes
  • Rough-Terrain Cranes
  • Lattice Boom Truck Cranes/
  • Forklifts

Each crane, whether it is mounted on a truck or able to slide using a hydraulic system, has unique advantages and disadvantages. Speak to a professional, like Crane Service, Inc., to determine which crane is best suited to the lifting requirements you need to complete on your job site.

How Much Weight Will the Crane Lift?

Next, you need to determine how much weight you need your crane to be able to lift. Knowing the weight of your load can quickly narrow down the type of crane you should choose. This calculation will ensure the safety of all those on your work site; obtaining a crane that is powerful enough to lift your load securely is key, and so is having a certified dealer who can best inform you of the various lifting limitations for any crane. Crane Service, Inc. can provide you with the appropriate crane for any load you need to lift.

Heaviest Lifting Weight Per Crane:

  • Boom Truck Crane: 40 Ton
  • Hydraulic Truck Crane: 140 Ton
  • Forklift: 60k
  • Carry Deck Crane: 15 Ton
  • All-Terrain Crane: 550 Ton
  • Rough Terrain Crane: 130 Ton
  • Crawler Crane: 440 Ton
  • Lattice Boom Truck Crane: 200 Ton

How Frequently Will the Crane be Used?

Finally, you should consider how frequently you will need to use the crane. This will determine how you should plan to obtain the crane for your site. If you only need to use the crane for a single day or a single lift, narrow your search to cranes that are available for rent. If your company requires a crane for various sites and projects over a longer period of time, look into purchasing a new or used crane and use those options to narrow your search. There are many qualified and reliable crane rental and selling companies located across the country, and Crane Service Inc. has various locations based in the Southwest.

Regardless of whether your answers to these questions indicate that you need a 200 ton crawler, a 40 ton boom truck, or a 10,000 LB forklift, Crane Service, Inc. can provide you with a crane available for rent or purchase that fits your needs. Call (800) 233-2763 for a free consultation to discuss what parameters should define your search for the right crane.