How to Choose the Right-Sized Crane for Your Next Project
Cranes play a vital role on construction sites due to their ability to lift, haul, or transport heavy materials. When it comes to choosing the right-sized crane for your project, it is fair to say that size matters. On the other hand, the “bigger is better” mindset certainly does not apply to every situation, and your choice will likely be a bit more complicated than that. Several factors come into play when choosing the correct-sized crane for your project.
Allow us to outline some topics to consider when choosing your next crane hire.
The weight and size of the load
When choosing a crane, it’s important to consider the materials you will be using the crane to move, and the dimensions and weight of the load are the obvious starting point.
All cranes have different load capacities, making this a vital element in choosing a crane suitable to your requirements. Other aspects, like the material’s length and height, must also be taken into consideration. Specialised crane rental providers like Preston Hire will guide you in finding a suitable crane for your requirements.
The characteristics of the worksite
The characteristics of the worksite are just as important as the required load. Aspects such as uneven ground or maximum height limitations will affect the style and size of cranes suitable for your project. The degree of mobility required will also influence the type of crane needed. For example, if your project requires precise delivery in tight spaces, a mini-crane may be the most suitable choice.
The distance between picking up and setting down materials is another important aspect to consider. For instance, a more mobile crane will be better suited to sites where materials must be transported across great distances.
It’s important to consider the available site access as the first thing you’ll need your crane to do is actually make it onto the jobsite. Sites with no road access and uneven ground will require different cranes than projects in their final stages with even terrain and finished roads.
Necessary service and support
Choosing the correct-sized crane is made much easier by working with a reliable crane hire supplier. In addition to knowing you’ve picked the best crane hire for your requirements, you can be guaranteed that the equipment is in good condition, and that you have support for the duration of your hire. If obstacles arise on a construction site, for example, a crane rental provider like Preston Hire will have staff ready to help resolve them.
Preston Hire’s range of cranes
Our SuperCrane™ fleet consists of spider cranes and larger hydraulic crawler cranes.
The spider cranes in our fleet have been thoughtfully selected to provide sites with compact, lightweight cranes suitable for smaller applications and requirements, as opposed to larger cranes that need to be built onsite. With powerful lifting capabilities, outriggers, and tipping prevention systems, the machines can effortlessly become your go-to partner.
Our hydraulic crawler cranes are larger units that still boast a pretty compact footprint. These cranes are powered using liquid pressure for the purpose of lifting and moving heavy loads, with the additional feature of being able to move while carrying loads.
We have a great number of cranes available, allow us to share:
SuperCrane PH-285 – lifting capacity of 2820kg at 1.4m, 150kg at 8.2m
SuperCrane PH-295 – lifting capacity of 2930kg at 1.4m
SuperCrane Ph-305 – lifting capacity of 2980kg at 2.5m, 260kg at 12.1m
SuperCrane PH-376 – lifting capacity of 3030kg at 2.5m
SuperCrane PH-405 – lifting capacity of 3830kg at 2.6m, 210kg at 16.0m
SuperCrane Ph-547 – lifting capacity of 4050kg at 2.5m
SuperCrane PH-706 – lifting capacity of 6000kg at 3.0m, 200kg at 18.6m
SuperCrane PH-815 – lifting capacity of 8090kg at 2.4m
SuperCrane PH-643 – lifting capacity of 40,000kg at 2.0m
If you’re interested in our spider cranes or hydraulic crawler cranes for hire, contact us here or call us on 0800 440 558.
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