4 Things to Look for Before Choosing a Crane Rental Company for Your Business


Two things determine a rigging project's success: the crane you choose and the company you rent it from. Most people focus on finding the equipment they need for their rigging project and forget to look into the firm. This is important because your crane hire partner can impact your experience throughout the process. Thus, whether you're leasing equipment for a year or renting it for a onetime project, here are four things to look into before choosing a rental company.

Variety of crane equipment

There are various types of cranes for rigging jobs. The most popular ones include mobile, truck-mounted, rough terrain, tower, overhead and loader cranes. All these have different functions and limitations. Some cranes perform multiple tasks, while others have fewer functions. Some use additional attachments to increase their versatility. 

Before choosing the equipment, look into the scope of your work. What does your project entail? Do you need a crane for rigging tasks only, or do you have other jobs such as transporting loads? Can you get all these tasks done with one piece of equipment? Knowing this beforehand allows you to choose the best crane for the project. It saves you from renting multiple pieces of equipment. 

Thus, find a company that offers a variety of cranes for you to choose from. Their equipment should also be high-quality, with fully-functional components to limit downtime. They should come with modern technologies that simplify rigging tasks and minimise safety hazards on the site. Inspect the crane before hiring, and if possible, enlist the help of an expert inspector.

Operator training

Operator error is a leading cause of crane accidents and incidents on job sites. Machine operators account for 11% of work-related injuries among males every year. Operator training is one of the best ways to reduce accidents and injuries on your site. During training, operators should learn how to:

  • Identify potential hazards and risks on a site
  • Come up with risk-prevention measures
  • Operate equipment, including how to handle new features and technology
  • Reduce injuries and mitigate property damage in the event of an accident

A good rental company should offer some form of operator training as part of their contract. The training can be done at a fee, as agreed upon with the client. Whether you have your own operator or are getting one from the firm, insist on training. Doing so will help create a safe job site for all your workers.

Support and maintenance services

Most rental companies offer to conduct servicing and maintenance tasks on behalf of the client. One reason for this is that the firm can control repairs and ensure quality workmanship on their equipment. While it may come at a fee, getting maintenance services from the rental company can significantly reduce downtime. You don't need to look around for a crane mechanic if the firm has a team for this job. 

Thus, if the crane breaks down or requires maintenance, you can get the service within a short time and resume operations. Sometimes, you may need support services, especially when dealing with new technology. Find a rental company that offers support and maintenance as part of their rental package. While these services may cost you extra, they can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Company's proximity to the site

You can find crane rental companies locally and out of your city or state. It's always a good idea to work with a local-based firm for your rental needs. Going local means you won't pay a lot of money to transport the equipment to your job site. It also saves you the administrative headaches associated with long-distance transportation. Also, a company near you will respond faster when you need repairs, servicing or help with other issues.

Consider the above issues before choosing a crane rental company for your business. Finding the right company not only streamlines the rental process, but it can also save you money! 


30 December 2020

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