What to look for when hiring a city crane

So you’ve decided that hiring a city crane is the best choice for your upcoming project. Fantastic! So exactly what type of city crane are you looking for?

If you didn’t realise that there was a wide range of city or compact crane hire options out there in the world, your decision-making has unfortunately only just begun. Lucky for you, here at Action Cranes, we’ve put together a list of key considerations that can help you to narrow down the field that comes from hiring a city crane. By cross-checking your available options against each of the following project requirements, you’ll have made an informed and final choice in no time.

Crane dimensions

Depending on the type of access available to your job site, the dimensions of the crane can play a key factor in making your decision, since if your site has limited access, the width of your crane will not be able to exceed the access clearance. You may need to measure up any access ways that will be utilised during your project to ensure that they’ll fall in line with the dimensions of your preferred choice of crane.

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Lifting capacity

The next thing you should take into account when hiring a city crane is the required lifting capacity, because there's no point in having a crane that can fit into the working space but not complete the lift.

How much weight will your project require the crane to lift? This is an important question to ask as it will determine the lifting capacity of the crane you need to hire. There are a range of city crane models available on the market with varying lifting potential. At Action Cranes, we can supply city crane hire with lifting capacities starting from 10 tonne right through to 50 tonne.

It’s also worth mentioning that the lifting capacity of a crane will most likely affect the daily hire rate, so it might be counterproductive from a budget standpoint to hire a 50t crane when a 20t crane can get the job done.

Boom height

As with the lifting capacity, there's no point in picking a crane if it has an insufficient boom height. The boom height is the horizontal distance from the ground that the crane can reach. Once you know what this needs to be, hiring becomes much easier as you can rule out any cranes that wouldn't be able to complete the task.
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Making the final decision

Now you have a better understanding of the essential factors that eligible city crane hire options will need to meet, you can compile a shortlist of final contenders. From this point you can start to factor in other non-essential elements such as price, year of manufacture, and any additional technology or features that you need until you land on a winner that ticks all of your boxes.
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Still unsure? We’re here to help

These are just a few of the considerations you should take on board when hiring a city crane but we understand that every project is different, so if you're still unsure, don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at Action Cranes and we'll be more than happy to help guide you through the process. We want nothing more than for your project to run smoothly and efficiently and hiring the right city crane plays a big part in that. So give us a call today or take a look at our crane hire services page.

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