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Everything You Need to Know About Crawler Cranes

Crawler Cranes | Jul 19 / 22

If your construction, agriculture, or wind energy project features heavy materials and demanding terrain, a standard mobile crane rental may not be the most effective or safe choice. To ensure optimal safety and performance for every lift while handling extremely heavy loads and traversing difficult terrain, you need a powerful crawler crane. As a leading provider of mobile crane rentals, the team at TNT Crane & Rigging knows how important it is to choose the right crane for your needs. That is why we have compiled some information outlining everything you need to know about crawler cranes to help you determine if they are ideal for your project.

Learn how to choose the right mobile crane for your operation.

What are Crawler Cranes?

A crawler crane is a large mobile crane that is mounted on a moveable tracked platform. These units use tracks instead of wheels to “crawl” and move heavy loads from one location to another. Unlike some other types of mobile cranes, crawler cranes can perform lifts on a wide variety of surfaces—including soft soil and loose gravel—because the entire weight of the crane is equally dispersed across the tracked platform. The track-mounted system for these cranes also helps stabilize the crane in a way that allows it to lift more weight than cranes mounted on wheels.

Ideal Uses for Crawler Cranes

Crawler cranes are the ideal choice for large-scale construction projects that require lifting and moving heavy loads. Since this type of crane sits on wide tracks, it can rotate 360 degrees, making it the perfect option for use on sites with limited space or numerous overhead obstructions. Compared to other types of mobile cranes, crawler cranes offer a higher level of versatility and maneuverability, making them suitable for a wide range of different project sites so long as they have the space to accommodate them.

Benefits of Crawler Cranes

Crawler cranes offer the following benefits for various projects:

Exceptional Mobility and Stability

While wheel-based mobile cranes typically struggle with uneven surfaces and loose terrain, crawler cranes can traverse nearly any surface with ease due to their large tracks and even weight distribution across a large platform. This large platform also provides enhanced stability, eliminating the need for outriggers, saving you space, and reducing setup time.

Enhanced Capabilities

With load capacities up to 660 tons, these units can handle the heaviest materials with ease. Each unit can also be outfitted with up to 300’ of jib extensions, allowing for up to 600’ of total reach when combined with a 300’ boom. This gives you the ability to perform the most demanding lifts safely and effectively.

To learn more about our selection of crawler crane rentals and other crane solutions, get in touch with the team at TNT Crane & Rigging. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our rentals or the details of your project.