The Three Basic Elements You Need To Know In Order To Choose The Right Crane

Posted on: 12 December 2022

Choosing the right crane for your construction project is essential for ensuring the success and safety of the job. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to make a decision. This guide will cover the basics of what you need to know when choosing the right crane for your project, including the key factors to consider and the stakeholders you need to involve in your decision-making process. There are, after all, many mitigating factors that relate to each individual construction site so it is important you tailor your needs each and every time you start a brand new project.

Type of crane

There are many different types of cranes, including mobile cranes, tower cranes, and specialized cranes for specific applications (these do not apply here, but many cranes are used to load and unload major shipping containers and large trucks). Consider the type of work you need to do and the unique requirements of your project in order to choose the right type of crane. For example, if you need to lift heavy loads at a high height, a tower crane may be the best option. If you need to move loads over rough terrain, a mobile crane will be the better choice. Always consult with your builder and/or your architect before you make a final choice, as they will help steer you in the right direction. 

Capacity and reach

The capacity and reach of a crane are critical for ensuring that it can handle the weight and size of the loads you need to lift. Consider the maximum weight and dimensions of the loads, as well as the height and distance you need to lift them, to choose a crane with the appropriate capacity and reach. In order to do that, you need to talk with both the rigging operator (or crane rental agency) and your construction foreman. Make sure that the crane is capable of lifting the heaviest load you will need to lift, as well as any additional loads that may be added during the project. It is always best to be safe rather than sorry.

Mobility and setup

The mobility and setup of a crane are important for guaranteeing that it can access and operate in the required work area. Consider the terrain, obstacles, and space constraints of the site to choose a crane that can be easily moved and set up without any issues. For example, if the site has narrow or winding roads, a small and agile crane may be the best option, even if it takes longer to complete the task. If the site has limited space for the crane to operate, a compact or telescoping crane may be the better choice. Sometimes you need to sacrifice speed in order to get a crane that is more maneuverable and able to get into the project area easier.  

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