Learning About Heavy Construction Equipment

Which Crane Is Best For Your Project?

Whether you are an experienced contractor or a do-it-yourself builder, you'll need heavy machinery if you're going to tear down an old house or build up a multi-story apartment complex. One piece of equipment that is makes more sense to rent is the crane. However, with so many types of crane available on the market, you may wonder which one would be perfect for your project. Of course, additional equipment to enhance performance can be rented along, but here is a list of the main types of crane that you can find on the rental market, as well as their description.

Types Of Crane

  • Boom truck crane
  • Lattice boom crane
  • Hydraulic truck crane
  • All-terrain crane
  • Rough-terrain crane
  • Carry deck crane
  • Crawler crane

Boom Truck Crane

A boom truck crane consists of an enclosed truck cabin with a crane arm attached behind it. The overall structure, mounted on semi-truck wheels, rotates like a turntable. The crane arm, called boom, can be either fixed or telescopic. It ranges from 25 to 40 tons. The technician operates it from the enclosed cabin of the truck.

Lattice Boom Crane

On a lattice boom crane, a series of guy wires mechanically powers the boom. Its arm, or boom, is made out of lightweight, high-strength alloy tubular, or sometime out of steel rods. The intermeshing pattern allows the crane to lift, carry and lower super large and heavy items. The weight of a lattice boom crane generally ranges from 65 to 200 tons.

Hydraulic Truck Crane

A hydraulic truck crane is a semi-truck with a flat bed attached to it, on which a crane is mounted. The main advantage with that type of crane is that it can drive to places that other truck cranes can't. It is generally rented with a boom truck crane mounted on it, in order to provide more lifting power. Considered as a multi-control station, the crane can be operated either from the driver cabin in the front, either from the crane enclosed cabin. A hydraulic truck crane ranges from 25 to 140 tons.

All-Terrain Crane

An all-terrain crane ranges from 110 to 550 tons and is built to be operated off-road.

Rough-Terrain Crane

A rough-terrain crane is mounted on an undercarriage made out of rubber tires that are meant to drive on the roughest construction sites. The engine, which is normally located on the undercarriage, powers both the undercarriage and the crane arm. It typically ranges from 30 to 130 tons.

Carry Deck Crane

A carry deck crane is like a portable crane that can be carried on the back of a trailer. It ranges from about 8.5 tons and up to 15 tons.  

Crawler Crane

A crawler crane is equipped with rugged tracks, which are also called crawlers. These tracks are meant to go on any kind of terrain. This type of crane is not equipped with outriggers, so it smoothly and easily moves around with a very minimal setup. Meant to carry around heavy loads, a crawler crane is also perfect for any demolition project. A crawler crane typically ranges from 100 to 440 tons.

Why Rent A Crane

With any crane rental, an experienced operator is included, as well as a couple of experienced technicians to service it. When you rent a crane, instead of purchasing it, you don't need to worry about maintenance and liability insurance: the company is taking care of it. The only thing you need to do is select the crane that is meant for your project and get the work started. If a permit is required to park the crane on the construction site, the company will get it.

For more information about crane rental, contact a company like A C Jones Trucking Inc.