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Crane Hire FAQ: Everything You Need to Know

Crane hire is an essential aspect of many construction projects, allowing you to lift and move heavy materials with ease. With numerous factors to consider, it's crucial to understand the basics before making a decision.


FAQ - Crane Hire
Frequently Asked Questions - Crane Hire

In this post, we'll address the top 10 frequently asked questions about crane hire to help you make an informed choice.


What are the different types of cranes available for hire?


There are several types of cranes to choose from, including mobile cranes, tower cranes, crawler cranes, spider cranes, and more.


Each type is designed for specific applications, so it's important to understand your project's requirements before making a selection.


McLeod can help you in this process. It's worth a chat as each option has Pros and Cons and these should be taken into account when selecting the right machine for your project.


How do I choose the right crane for my specific project needs?


Selecting the right crane for your project involves considering factors such as:


  • load capacity

  • reach

  • terrain

  • space constraints

  • Access both in site and to site


Consulting with crane hire experts and providing them with detailed information about your project can help ensure you get the most suitable crane for the job.


McLeod can help you in this process.


What are the costs associated with crane hire, and what factors influence these costs?


Crane hire costs can vary depending on several factors, including the type of crane, duration of hire, location or travel distance, and any additional services required (e.g., operator, rigging).


It's essential to work with your crane hire company to compare options and ensure you're getting the best value for your investment. Have the crane hire company quote to make sure your comparing apples with apples.


Use a reputable company with a range on machines. If you only sell one type of fruit then that's the type you go to the market to sell. A crane is similar often we see the wrong type of crane being sold. This can mean:


  • Safety is compromised

  • Time to complete the work increases

  • Over capacity- big cranes being charged to do a little crane jobs

  • Under capacity - a small crane moving lots or two crane doing the job of one this sees the charge increase by time or number of cranes

  • Wrong type of crane. Mobile crane used with a truck when a Hiab is the right tool.


Every lift is unique. Having the right people in the conversation to start with saves time and cost.


Are there any additional services or equipment provided with crane hire, such as rigging or operator services?


Crane hire companies may offer additional services such as rigging, operator services, and transportation. Be sure to clarify what is included in your quote to avoid any surprises.


Rigging: - typically rigging is limited to that on the crane unless additional rigging is requested.


Equipment: items like mancages, furniture cages and dunnage may incur additional charges and a delivery / pickup cost.


Operator Services: night shift and public holidays typically incur additional charges. Mobile Cranes are typically wet hired (with fuel and operator) other cranes may have a separate contract arrangement for the operator.


What qualifications and certifications should a crane operator have?


Crane operators in NZ should possess a National Certificate in Crane Operation for the type of crane they are operating. At a minimum the appropriate NZQA Unit Standard as specified in Part 4 of the ACOP for Cranes.


For a Mobile Crane - the Operator should also have an appropriate drivers licenses, such as a Class 4 and W endorsement, they may also hold Bridge Engineering Self Supervision - BESS.


For a Crawler Crane the operator should hold a T endorsement if the work site involves working on a road. Note the definition for a road is fairly broad in NZ.


Additionally, they should have experience operating the specific type of crane you're hiring.


What safety precautions and regulations should be considered when hiring a crane?


Ensure the crane hire company adheres to industry safety standards and regulations, such as those set by WorkSafe.


  • Pressure Equipment, Cranes and Passenger Regulations

  • ACOP for Cranes

  • ACOP for Load Lifting Rigging


Regular maintenance, inspections, and operator training are crucial to maintain a safe working environment.


There is also significant guidance and information available from the Crane Association of New Zealand. See



How do I evaluate and compare different crane hire companies?


When comparing crane hire companies, consider factors such as experience, reputation, available equipment, pricing, and customer reviews.


Requesting references and conducting research online can help you make an informed decision.


What are the typical contract terms and conditions for crane hire services?


Crane hire contracts may include details on pricing, duration, insurance coverage, liability, and any additional services provided. Ensure you fully understand and agree to the terms and conditions before signing a contract or agreeing to Terms of Service/Hire.


Can I hire a crane for both short-term and long-term projects, and how does the duration impact pricing?


Crane hire can be arranged for short-term or long-term projects, with pricing typically affected by the duration.


Longer rental periods may offer discounted rates, so be sure to discuss your project timeline with the crane hire company.


What insurance coverage should be in place when hiring a crane, and who is responsible for obtaining it?


Both the crane hire company and the hirer should have insurance coverage for property damage and liability. Clarify the insurance responsibilities with your crane hire provider before signing a contract.


Typical Industry Insurance Levels are:


  • 1 Million on Hook

  • 10 Million Public Liability



Crane Hire


Crane hire is a critical aspect of many construction projects, and understanding the ins and outs can help you make the best decision for your needs.


By considering factors such as crane type, operator qualifications, safety, and pricing, you can ensure a smooth and successful project

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