Everything you need to know about hiring a crane
Cranes are a type of equipment that's equipped with a wire rope, hoist rope or chains and sheaves. They are commonly used to lift or lower materials as well as move them horizontally.
Role of a crane
Before hiring a crane, you should define your requirements to ensure your crane suits your needs in any of the following industries:
- Transport industry - used for loading and unloading of freight
- Construction industry - used for moving materials
- Manufacturing industry - used for the assembly of heavy equipment
Types of cranes
There are a variety of crane types you can hire depending on your job specifics, and these are the types of cranes that you can hire:
- All terrain / Rough terrain crane - mounted on an undercarriage which has four rubber tyres for versatility on rough roads or terrains.
- Barge crane - this crane is mounted on a barge and is used to lift, load and unload objects on the barge.
- City crane
- Crawler crane - instead of wheels, the crane is mounted on an undercarriage with a set of tracks which provides mobility and stability.
- Floor crane
- Franna crane - also known as a pick and carry crane, this type of crane is designed to lift loads and carry it for short distances.
- Hydraulic truck crane - this type of crane is essential in most construction projects such as buildings, bridges, airports, and roadways. It can also be used for demolition by attaching an wrecking ball to it.
- Jib crane - this type of crane has a horizontal boom which supports a movable hoist that is fixed on to a pillar.
- Lattice boom - this is a type of boom (or arm) on a crane which is lowered and raised by a series of mechanically powered wires.
- Mini crawler crane - a smaller version of a crawler crane.
- Port crane - this type of crane is commonly found on sea ports and is used to lift and move heavy loads from ships or barges.
- Ring crane
- Self-erecting crane - this is a self-assembling crane which has the ability to lift itself up from the ground to allow a new section to be added to make it taller, allowing it to grow with the structure you're building.
- Spreader beam - this is a rigid beam which hangs from a crane hook and is fitted with a number of ropes to lift loads such as reinforced concrete piles or large glass sheets.
- Terminal crane - also known as a container crane. Usually found on container terminals at dockside and is used for loading and unloading containers from ships.
- Tower crane - mostly used in the construction of tall buildings, this type of crane is attached to a mast which provides its height, and the mast is attached to a gear and motor (also known as a slewing unit) that allows the crane to rotate. Mounted on the slewing unit are the horizontal jib (working arm), a short counter jib and the operator's cab.
- Tractor crane - this is a crane that's mounted on to a tractor instead of a truck.
- Truck / Hiab crane - this type of crane has two parts, the upper (consisting of a lifting part or boom) and the lower (the truck). The upper is attached to the lower by a turntable which allows the upper to swing from side to side.
What to consider before hiring a crane
Cranes are built to lift and move equipment up to certain weights so make sure you know your maximum weight capacities!
How much does a crane cost?
Cranes come in different kinds and sizes, and this will usually determine how much you will be charged when hiring one. Other factors that will change the cost of hiring a crane are the weight of the load it will be handling as well as the duration of the job.
If you are looking to hire a crane and would like some advice on which one to hire for your project, you can reach out to our equipment hire experts on 1300 550 434 or by getting crane hire quotes online from local suppliers with PlantMiner.
We also have a number of cranes available for hire across Australia. Select your city below for quotes: