Questions to Ask When Choosing the Right Crane for the Job

Questions to Ask When Choosing the Right Crane for the Job

Whether you are buying or opting for crane rental, the investment into acquiring a crane for your project is generally substantial. This means that there is very little margin for error when it comes to selecting the ideal type for your needs. Selecting the right crane must be done with careful consideration for the environment it will be used in, as well as factors like loads, heights and location. So to help you make the best possible decision in this regard, try asking yourself these questions when looking to source one for your business or project.

What Loads am I Expecting to Lift?

The type, weight and packaging of any load you are expecting to lift will have profound effects on how the load is balanced, how it will shift during movement, and therefore, what type of crane should be used to handle the load. If your load types vary, you will need to put a bit more consideration into the crane you select, but either way, this should be one of the first steps in your decision making process.

What Heights do I Need to Reach?

The height that your loads will need to be lifted to will directly affect the setup of the boom on the crane you are selecting. When considering height, you will need to give some consideration to the type of winch and to the counterweight on the crane, all of which will vary depending on the intended reach of the crane.

What Distance is the Load from the Crane?

The distance of the load from the crane will have a huge impact on the structure, stability and counterweight of the crane, and so this should, for safety reasons amongst many others, be carefully considered. When looking at cranes, inspect the load chart carefully, this will help you choose the right one for the distance between loads and the crane itself.

How Will the Crane Access the Site?

It may seem like an afterthought, but this consideration is also very important, since it will not only affect how the crane gets to the site, but also how it can be stored when not in operation. In some cases, a restricted or narrow access area will require specialised designs that stop the crane from swaying or tipping, allowing them to be used more safely.

Contact JMB Cranes for Details

To find out more about renting the ideal crane for your needs, contact a representative from JMB Cranes today, or feel free to visit our website for additional details on our offers. We are waiting for your call.

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