Considerations When Choosing A Crane


Cranes are essential for moving objects horizontally and vertically. The pulleys and cables in the crane make it safe and practical across different platforms. You may use a temporary, vehicle-mounted or fixed-ground crane. However, how do you know the type of crane you require? This piece discusses the criteria for selecting a crane for your next project.


Different cranes need specific support to ensure they perform as required. For example, a vehicle-mounted crane must have anchors on the vehicle. This landing gear helps stabilise the crane while in operation. If such anchoring mechanisms fail, the crane could seriously threaten the structures, personnel and load. Hence, always pick a crane that is ideal for your surroundings. 

Cranes mounted to a building can rise beyond the building's final height. Such a crane is also ideal for mud, rain and other issues hindering vehicle-based cranes. However, a mobile crane is perfect for off-site and one-off operations, especially in remote areas. The anchorage is easy to secure, and such a temporary option is economical for your project. 


Height is also a significant consideration since different projects have specific requirements. For example, always consider the maximum length of the boom on a vehicle-mounted crane to ensure it is a practical and safe solution. Always measure the lift height to ensure you have enough room to reposition or lift the load. 

The height also determines the capacity of a crane. For example, a telescopic crane can extend to different sizes. Such a crane ensures that you can lift items to other areas of the construction or demolition site. Hence, a crane whose height you can adjust is ideal for projects where the average lifting height is difficult to determine. 


Your project's plan must have a rough estimate of the types of loads designated for the crane. For example, you may have beams and light metallic trusses requiring low-capacity cranes. Alternatively, your project might involve the lifting and placing of heavy bridge sections. Each crane has a specific load limit; you should enquire before getting one.

Load specification is essential in preventing accidents due to overloading and failure. Such strictness is also crucial in avoiding wastage since heavy-duty cranes consume more fuel and require more skilled workers than light-duty ones. You may also save time and money by moving numerous items simultaneously instead of single trips with a light-duty crane. 

Some essential factors to consider when getting a crane include the terrain, height and load. 


28 November 2022

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