Choosing a crane is a big decision and it involves a lot of other smaller decisions. What are you using your crane for? What sort of crane do you need? Where will it be located on your worksite?
To guide you through the process of choosing a crane, we have compiled some of the most important factors you need to consider.
Factors to Consider:
- 1. The type of application
- 2. The construction or manufacturing environment
- 3. The physical limitations of the worksite
- 4. The lifting capacity of the crane
- 5. The reliability of the crane
- 6. The cost of the crane
- 7. The type of tower crane foundation selected
- 8. The size of the worksite
- 9. The location and the position of the crane
Types of Cranes
Cranes come in various types. You can choose from freestanding jib cranes, mobile cranes, monorail cranes, and gantry cranes.
Tower cranes are the ones most popularly used in the construction of tall buildings. Site engineers have to secure tower cranes to the ground before carrying out operations. These cranes have the ability to lift up to 20 tonnes and they can reach a maximum height of 265 feet.
Mobile cranes travel across different surfaces and you can design them to travel on both paved and unpaved surfaces. They’re ideal for earthmoving projects because you can use them on uneven terrain.
Truck mounted movable cranes feature outrigger pads for increased stability. These cranes are ideal for construction jobs, the transportation of materials and machine parts, railroad work, and landscaping projects.
Monorail cranes allow you to transport items along a straight line. You could either have a freestanding monorail crane or you could mount it on a roof.If you need to transport things from one end to another, a monorail crane may be the perfect choice for you.
Gantry cranes are similar to monorail cranes. The only difference is that they cover a wide work area in comparison to monorail cranes.An overhead gantry crane is generally fixed to the ceiling of the building and the hoist travels across a series of overhead rails. This type of crane is ideal for loading containers onto cargo ships and trains.
Other Important Considerations
When choosing a crane, look at the dimensions and weight of the loads in relation to the manufacturer’s crane capacity chart.Also find out whether your crane will have a detrimental impact on the other cranes working in the vicinity. Choose a good location to install your crane (if you’re using a fixed crane), and make sure it won’t interfere with neighbouring structures.
Rent a Crane Today
If you’re not sure which crane is right for your application, talk to the experts at St. George Cranes. We have a team of professional crane operators and dogmen. You can choose from our range of freestanding, mobile or tight access cranes in Sydney.Give us a call on (02) 9546 6680 to discuss your requirements or request a quote.