Factors for Deciding on a Terrain Crane
A terrain crane is designed for a job site where ground conditions are critical. Rough terrain and all terrain cranes can handle a broad range of landscapes. Below is advice for deciding whether to rent or lease terrain crane and determining which type of terrain crane is most suitable for a given project.
Rough Terrain Cranes
A rough terrain crane runs on hydraulic power and is designed to operate in many off-road scenarios. The crane is self-propelled and mounted on an undercarriage. This machine is commonly used for bridge building, power plant maintenance, and large construction sites. It's designed to be flexible and durable, and it offers the ability to handle rugged surfaces and withstand adverse environmental conditions. Rough terrain cranes typically use outriggers for stabilization.
The first rough terrain cranes appeared in 1959 and were designed as all purpose machines for construction contractors. These machines became commonly used in the United States during the 1970s. By then, single-engine rough terrain cranes had arrived with features such as all-wheel drive and easy steering, giving the operator more control. The main drawback to rough terrain cranes is that they aren't designed for highways, so they have to be transported by other vehicles, such as flatbed trucks.
One of the reasons rough terrain cranes are considered flexible is that they include a telescopic boom that can handle a wide range of lift capacity.
All Terrain Cranes
Even more versatile than rough terrain cranes are all terrain cranes. A major advantage to all terrain cranes is that they are self-sufficient for transporting to job sites and are suitable for highway travel. They can be used for both on- or off-road applications with powerful lifting performance. Easy maneuverability is another key feature that makes these cranes appropriate for a wide range of projects. They are built to operate in all types of weather.
Many rigging professionals view all terrain cranes as premium versions of mobile hydraulic cranes, combined with elements of rough terrain cranes, such as all-wheel drive. All terrain cranes can easily drive on rocky as well as smooth surfaces and can reach speeds of 55 mph. The mobile undercarriage and hydraulic boom allow for agility and easy adjustments. An all terrain crane is compact, adding to its mobility and versatility.
Ideal for work sites without road access, all terrain cranes make life easier for construction of pipelines and other large projects that require plenty of heavy hauling.
Both rough terrain and all terrain cranes can serve as multi-purpose rigging equipment, although all terrain cranes offer more flexibility. For more information on renting or leasing various types of cranes, contact Southwest Industrial Rigging at 602.278.6281.