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How to Select the Right Crane for Your Job: A Comprehensive Guide

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Selecting the right crane for your job is essential to ensure that the project runs smoothly, efficiently, and safely. With so many different types of cranes available, it can be difficult to know which one is the right fit. In this post, we will guide you through the process of selecting the right crane for your project.

  1. Information about the load Before you contact a crane hire company, make sure you have as much information as possible about the load you need to lift. The weight and dimensions of the load are key information. A description of the load, such as the make and model of a piece of machinery, can also help the crane dispatcher to determine the weight and dimensions.

  2. Reach of the boom The lifting capacity of a crane is determined by the reach of the boom. It is important to know how far the crane will have to reach in order to place the load in the desired location. The distance is measured from the centre of rotation of the crane to the centre of the load. Each type of crane has a different amount of space that the crane requires to setup in. Working with the crane dispatcher or a site inspector will help determine the area required see Ground Conditions.

  3. Obstacles Identifying any obstacles that the crane will have to work around is essential to the success of the operation. Power lines, trees, and buildings can all impact the operation of the crane. It is important to explain to the crane dispatcher what obstacles exist that may affect the crane's ability to perform the task required.

  4. Ground conditions Confirm that the ground area is big enough and can support the weight of the crane when moving into position and when working. Identify potential trouble spots such as underground water mains or drains. Cranes can be set up on sloping ground, but they have to be levelled before lifting. The crane operator may need to bring additional materials and equipment to enable the crane to be levelled.

  5. Access to set up position Narrow driveways and tight corners may require a four-wheel-steer crane. Parking may be needed for a support vehicle bringing additional equipment if required. Discuss any limitations on access with the crane dispatcher.

  6. Impact on the general public Consider the impact of the crane operation on the general public. Will loads have to be lifted over roadways or the property of other people? Will traffic have to be stopped or controlled during crane operations? There are strict rules around setting up in the roading corridor (the area of the road from property boundary on one side of the road to property boundary on the other side of the road).

  7. Need for specific lifting equipment Discuss your needs with the crane dispatcher. Special lifting equipment is available to lift loads of all types, and the correct attachment of suitable lifting equipment to the load will avoid damage.

  8. Site visit by a crane company representative Consider requesting a site visit by a crane company site inspector. They will be able to advise on the best crane for your needs and ensure that the operation can be performed safely.

Choosing the right crane is critical to the success of any lifting operation. By taking into account the factors discussed above, you can ensure safe and effective crane operation, avoid costly delays, and prevent safety hazards.

If you need assistance selecting the right crane, consult with McLeod, we are happy to help you make an informed decision.

Remember, safe crane operation is everyone's responsibility.

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