When to Rent or Lease a Mobile Crane
Many types of cranes are used for heavy lifting, so it can sometimes be confusing when it comes to deciding which ones are appropriate for certain projects. Mobile cranes are useful for quick economical jobs because they don't require much setup time or assembly. Here are other reasons why you may want to rent or lease a mobile crane.
Key Mobile Crane Features
- more flexible and mobile than tower cranes
- can have wheels or be mounted on crawler carriers
- includes a boom with a hook, wire rope, and sheaves
- uses remote control
- hydraulic power with a telescoping boom
- heavy duty axles, providing strong support
A crawler carrier uses rubber tracking instead of wheels, like on military tanks. This allows for stability and off-road capability. A sheave is a pulley that allows for a wire or rope to freely move through a grooved wheel. Telescoping booms are helpful when lifting requires fitting into small spaces. Unlike a tower crane, which takes up a significant amount of space and requires assembly, mobile cranes are able to easily move in and out of areas without taking up much space.
One of the most flexible properties of a mobile crane compared with a tower crane is that if there's a maintenance issue with the truck, it can be easily and quickly exchanged with another truck, while tower crane problems are much more complex and require more time to fix.
Versatility of Mobile Cranes
One of the reasons mobile cranes are popular for construction or equipment moving is that they can handle lifting heavy loads on various types of terrain. Mobile cranes vary in size, but are smaller than tower cranes. Despite the smaller size, mobile cranes are strong enough to do the same kind of heavy lifting as tower cranes, as in thousands of tons. If the job only involves a few lifts, a mobile crane can save you time and money. It is especially more convenient in urban settings.
The amount of working space needed should be a major decision factor. If the construction site is full of obstructions that make it difficult for tower cranes to move through tight passages, then a mobile crane is definitely the more appropriate choice. Mobile cranes can be loaded with various attachments, depending on what type of work needs to be done. Some machines are designed specifically for rough terrains, but an all terrain model can be used on smooth or rocky surfaces.
Contact us at Southwest Industrial Rigging (SWIR) to learn more about how we can accommodate your construction and heavy lifting needs.