3 Things to Consider When Hiring a Commercial Crane

Posted on: 4 June 2017

Most commercial buildings are usually high-rise buildings. Therefore, if you are thinking of building one, you will need heavy construction equipment to help with the lifting of materials. An example of indispensable equipment when it comes to lifting materials is a crane. However, different cranes are designed for different tasks, which means you need to consider some factors in order to find the right one for your project. To help you, here are a few things to think about:

Loading Capacity

The first step is figuring how much load the commercial crane hire will have to lift. To do this, you need to have as much information about the load as possible, especially the weight and the dimensions. You may not have the exact data but having an estimate of what you need to be carried will help you find the best sized crane for the job.

It is important to understand that the closeness of the crane to the load that's to be lifted also affects the lifting capacity of the crane. Therefore, when thinking about the loading capacity, don't forget to consider how far the commercial crane will have to be from the load for it to be able to properly place it in the needed location. Having such information will help the hire company decide on things such as the radius of the crane that is needed for it to effectively lift the load.

Height of the Building

The height of the building will help you determine the reach of the crane's boom that will work best for your project. Having this information will be helpful in determining things such as whether it would be possible to free-stand the crane to that height, whether the height will allow for rigging of all your loads, or whether there will be any obstructions operating at that height.  

Operating Zone

The entire zone in which the crane will have to operate is also important. When looking at this zone, you want to evaluate things such as the ground conditions and the surrounding areas. The ground has to be sturdy enough to support the crane's weight. Therefore, things such as underground water drains and mains have to be identified first. For the surrounding areas, you need to look at potential obstacles. This may include among other things, trees, power lines, or even surrounding buildings that may interfere with the performance of the crane.

If the surrounding area is small, erecting and dismantling the crane can be a problem. In such cases, it would be a good idea to opt for a tower crane.