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3 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Crane Truck

by Nisanur Kronenberg

If you want to hire a crane truck for a construction job, you need to choose the right model. These trucks come in different sizes and configurations. To find the right one for your job, ask yourself the following questions.

1. What Will You Load on the Crane?

Think about the loads the crane will have to carry. You should look for a model that has the right load capacity for your needs. If you hire a crane truck that can't handle your work materials, then you won't get a safe solution. You might have to split loads to stay within the vehicle's safety limits. This creates extra work and slows you down.

On the other hand, you shouldn't go the other way and hire a crane truck with an excessive load capacity for your materials. Cranes that can carry more usually cost more to hire. You'll waste money unnecessarily.

Your best bet is to hire a crane truck that can carry a bit more weight than you need. This gives you some leeway but keeps your costs low.

2. What Is Your Lift Height?

The size of the truck crane you hire dictates how high you can lift materials. So, try to estimate the highest height you need.

If a crane can't lift to the right height, then you'll have problems getting materials where you need them. For example, if you're building an apartment block and hire a crane that can only reach halfway up the build, then you'll have to find a different way to get materials to higher levels.

If you can, hire a model that can go high enough to reach your top building level. If you have access problems on-site, you should also check that the vehicle can reach over obstacles and obstructions if you need it to.

3. What Are Your Ground Conditions Like?

You should choose a crane truck that can deal with the surface conditions of your site. Environmental conditions during the job are also important. For example, if you're working on a site with sound ground during the summer, then you can probably use any crane truck effectively. The ground will be hard and compacted.

However, if the ground is muddy and soft, or if you're likely to see some heavy rain, then a crane truck with sturdier rough terrain wheels is worth considering. These wheels will get the vehicle around the site without it getting bogged down or stuck.

For more advice on choosing the right product for your job, talk to crane truck rental suppliers.