3 Things To Look At When Renting A Crane

Posted on: 17 February 2016

Construction professionals are constantly having to use one type of machinery or another. For some, they don't have the resources to be able to purchase every type of equipment out there. That's when they turn to rental equipment to get the job done without having to pay for the expense of purchasing a piece of equipment outright. If you are looking to rent a crane but aren't sure what to look for, here are three things you need to consider before making a final decision.

How much capacity your site can handle.

Different cranes have different weights. You need to find out what you are dealing with underground before choosing one crane over another. Things like pipes, tanks, power lines and so on all play an important role in determining whether you can choose one crane over another. You don't want to choose a crane that is too heavy and ends up crushing the pipes and tanks underneath of the surface. Beyond knowing what lies beneath of the surface, you also need to think about the conditions of the ground. Look at what type of slope the area has and whether the ground is firm or soft. This way you know whether the crane can handle the specific terrain you are working with.

Look for whether there are any obstructions or not.

Take some time and look around the construction site for possible trees, lines and anything else that could make it more difficult for your crane to be able to lift its load properly. Also look at where your crane rental is going to enter into the area where you need work done. If there are tight turns, this could impact the type of crane that is going to work in your area. You don't want to end up with a crane stuck somewhere that you can't get it out of.

Determine what type of rigging setup you need.

Stop and think about what you are planning to lift before making a decision on what crane to rent. Different cranes can handle different loads. By telling the rental company what you are planning to move, they can help you determine what type of crane and rigging equipment you are going to need for your specific job at hand.

By going through the three things above, you can make sure you get a crane from a company like A C Jones Trucking Inc that is going to best accommodate your project needs.


Budgeting For Heavy Construction Equipment

After evaluating our profits and losses for the quarter, I realized that it might be best to start looking for ways to budget or save on the equipment we had to replace. Up until that point, we had been buying brand new items, but it just seemed like we were paying more money than we should for the things that we needed. After talking with a few brokers, I realized there might be a few ways to manage our money a little better. We started thinking very carefully about every cent that we spent, and it really made a big difference. Read more about budgeting for large business purchases here.