Self-erecting cranes are indispensable items of equipment used on construction sites that are of short duration and often with space restrictions. They are designed to lift and move heavy supplies and equipment that are too hefty and bulky for other machines to carry.
A self-erecting crane is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment around and you may have to shell out extra money for additional features.
The good news is that if you need a self-erecting crane for a construction project, you do not have to empty your bank account or apply for several loans to get one. The total self-erecting crane rental cost is more manageable than its sale price and, as such, is a better option, especially if you only typically need this machine for the short term.
Renting the Right Self-erecting Crane for Your Project
While hiring a self-erecting crane is indeed a more cost-effective option, note that it will still require a considerable investment. To be sure that you will rent the best self-erecting crane to fulfill your requirements, consider these factors first before hiring the equipment:
- The work or project site
Having a clear picture of the location and environment where the self-erecting crane will be used will help you understand which type will fulfill your requirements.
Some of the more important details about the work area where the equipment will be placed that you should take note of are:
- The overall size of the area
- Number of Building floors, as well as each one’s height
- Possible causes of obstruction
- Capability of the crane to move in a 360-degree radius
- Ground and typical weather conditions
2. The primary use or uses of the equipment
When shopping around for a self-erecting crane to hire, think about the kind of materials it will need to lift and move frequently. It will also help if you already know if the equipment will be used to lift and move large numbers of small loads regularly or only once or twice for really heavy and bulky supplies or machinery.
There are different types of self-erecting cranes and anticipating the load capacity that the crane will be lifting regularly, as well as the height it has to cover, will help you choose the best one. This, in turn, will enable you to get the most out of the machinery, and your investment.
3. The reputation of the crane rental company
Although self-erecting cranes are made of durable materials and are built to last, poor maintenance can cause them to sustain damage and make safety a concern.
As such, before hiring a crane from a particular company, read up on the most trusted brands and types of self-erecting cranes. Look into their safety records or history. When dealing with the crane rental company’s sales staff, ask for access and go over the equipment maintenance and safety records.
If you will be hiring an operator from the company, check their operators’ credentials, background, and safety record as well. See if their team of operators regularly take related health and safety courses; this would mean that they work on staying updated with the best and latest industry practices.
Take the time to visit the company’s office or warehouse to inspect the equipment as well. It is important that you see for yourself how well-maintained and fully functional their self-erecting cranes are.
4. The type of control suitable for your operator’s work style
In case you already have a crane operator, consider your employee’s experience and preference in operating the equipment. Some operators prefer using a crane with a fixed control station. Other operators prefer the remote control features of the newer models of these cranes.
To be certain you will hire a crane that your operator can properly and comfortably handle and will thus be useful in your worksite, talk to your employee first.
5. The cost
Lastly, make sure you will hire a machine that you can afford. Many companies charge self-erecting crane rental by the week. You can try negotiating with the company, though; they might give you a better price, especially if you will be hiring the equipment for a longer period.
Although you may have set a budget for the rental cost, you still need to be flexible. Keep in mind that when it comes to hiring specialized machinery, you get what you pay for.
Hermann Buchberger is the Founder and CEO of Active Crane Hire. He’s taken the company from start-up to Industry Leader offering the largest fleet of construction cranes in Australia. ACH launched a new type of crane previously unheard of in the Australian market: electric tower cranes. The company’s infrastructure and associated services now comprise a fleet of trucks and trailers, a crane-rigging team, mobile crane technicians, a fleet of service vehicles, and an extensive range of crane spare parts.