How to Choose the Right Crane for Your Next Project

When it comes to doing any job, it is really important to ensure that you have the correct tools. It doesn’t matter how big or small the project or the tool; if you choose the wrong one then you may run into problems somewhere along the line. This is certainly true when it comes to choosing the correct piece of heavy equipment for larger, more arduous tasks.

Choosing the right crane for your next project is essential, not only because of how it will affect your efficiency in getting the job done but from a health and safety point of view as well. Choosing the wrong crane for the job could create a situation on your job site that is very dangerous.

When it comes to working out which type of crane you need for your project there are a few key questions that you need to ask yourself in order to make the best decision. If you are in any way unsure about the type of crane that you need, a good crane hire company will be able to give you the advice to help you.

What height will the work be done at?

One of the most basic things that you will need to consider in your choice of a crane is how high will you be working. It is important to factor in not only the length of the boom of your crane but also allow for the effect that strong winds might have on the crane. The effect of the wind will be stronger the higher you are. The height of the crane will also govern the amount of counterweight you will require in your crane.

What weight will it need to lift?

Another crucial factor that you will need to consider is the weight of any load that you will need to lift with the crane. Not only will this weigh determine the lifting capacity of your required crane but it will also be needed in combination with the height of the crane to work out what size of crane you will need.

What type of ground are you working on?

The ground that you will be working on will have a major impact on the type of crane that you will need for your project. You will need to ensure that the ground underneath your crane will be stable enough to offer proper support to the legs of the crane otherwise you could be putting your workforce at risk. On a site where the ground is too uneven or soft a truck-mounted care may simply not be suitable. A crawler crane with treads in place of wheels or one that offers a wider base will be a much more appropriate, and safer choice.

Site access

There is nothing worse than carefully consider all of the above in your choice of crane only to find that when it arrives on-site there is an issue with access. Obviously, in a perfect world, it would be possible to simply deliver a crane to exactly where you need it. However, this is rarely the reality. Depending on just how restricted access is to your site then it might be well worth considering a boom truck or even a crane that is suitable for rough ground so that you can get it as close as possible to where you need it. You will also need to consider any obstacles that might be in the way such as other buildings, trees and even power lines.

If you are not sure what crane would best fit your needs, you may wish to consult with a specialist company with experience in providing a wide range of cranes. This could help avoid a situation where you have invested heavily in a crane that is not fit for the job you need to get done.