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How to Choose the Right Mobile Crane

From construction and wind energy to agriculture and HVAC installations, there are many projects that require the use of a mobile crane to get the job done. Though every mobile crane is used for a similar purpose, every unit has a unique set of features and specifications, making them a better fit for certain applications over others. With so many options for mobile cranes available, it can be difficult to determine which option is best for your needs. That is why the experts at TNT Crane & Rigging have compiled some information to help you understand how to choose the right mobile crane for your project requirements, budget, and timeline.

Learn what to look for in a mobile crane provider before renting from them.

4 Factors to Consider When Looking for a Mobile Crane

To ensure that you are selecting the perfect mobile crane for your project, it is crucial to consider the following factors:

1. Operating Surfaces

Terrain has a significant impact on the effectiveness and safety of a mobile crane. While some units are only designed to operate on hard and flat surfaces, others can perform lifts on nearly any type of terrain. If you will be working with loose gravel, mud, or uneven surfaces, you will likely require a rough-terrain or crawler crane to perform each lift and navigate your site.

2. Obstacles and Obstructions

Tall trees, nearby buildings, power lines, and other cranes are just some examples of overhead obstructions that can prevent a mobile crane from performing a lift. If your project site features any of these obstructions, you will need to choose a compact or articulating unit that can perform lifts while avoiding them.

3. The Materials You are Handling

From large construction materials to heavy HVAC units, there are many materials and products that will need to be handled throughout a project. To ensure that these materials will be safely lifted and placed, be sure to consider the weight and size of every material or piece of equipment you need to handle. This will help you determine your lift capacity and outreach requirements, allowing you to select only from options that meet these specifications.

4.  Transportation/Delivery Requirements

Some cranes are more difficult to transport and deliver to a project site than others. If your site is in an area that is difficult to access, you may have some restrictions on the types of cranes you can rent. Before renting a crane, confirm that it can be delivered to your site and determine how much it will cost as this will help you determine if it complies with your budget.

To learn more about our selection of mobile crane rentals or for assistance choosing the right unit for your project, 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 crane rentals.