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Mobile Cranes vs. Tower Cranes

When it comes to construction, agriculture, wind energy, and HVAC installations, it is crucial to choose the right lifting equipment for the job. While tower cranes and mobile cranes can be used to complete similar lifts, they are extremely different in terms of their capabilities, labour requirements, and cost. As a leading provider of mobile crane rentals for all types of projects, the team at TNT Crane & Rigging knows how difficult it can be to determine which unit is best for your project requirements. That is why we have provided some information to help you compare mobile cranes vs. tower cranes and determine which is best for your required lifts.

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

4 Factors to Consider When Comparing Mobile Cranes and Tower Cranes

When comparing mobile cranes and tower cranes, it is crucial to consider the following factors:

1. Capabilities

Tower cranes typically have higher lift capacities and lift height capabilities than mobile cranes, making them the preferred choice for projects that need to lift extremely heavy items to great heights. While mobile cranes offer lower lift capacities and lift height capabilities, they can still reliably handle most lifts for most projects. For example, some mobile cranes offer up to 500 tons of lift capacity, allowing for confident handling of heavy materials while retaining mobility and a compact frame.

2. Mobility

Once tower cranes are set up, they are effectively rooted to the spot. To move a tower crane, it will need to be disassembled and reassembled in a new location. Mobile cranes can be effortlessly driven around a project site, allowing operators to get them in position for a lift, perform the lift, and move to a new position for another lift. Some cranes also feature large wheels, 4-wheel drive, and 4-wheel steering, allowing for safe navigation of difficult surfaces such as gravel, loose soil, and mud.

3. Setup Time

Mobile cranes require little to no setup time and can be driven to your site in some situations, minimizing the headaches associated with logistics and delivery. Tower cranes will need to be delivered to your site in multiple sections, requiring additional logistics considerations. Once all pieces have arrived on your site, they will then need to be assembled by multiple workers, leading to additional costs while setup is completed.

4. Cost

Mobile cranes are typically more cost-effective than tower cranes depending on the model chosen. Some mobile crane providers also offer operators with their rentals, saving you the hassle of training an operator or hiring one. These benefits, along with the reduced setup time and mobility, make mobile cranes a far more cost-effective option for most projects.

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.