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A Beginner’s Guide to Hiring a Crane for Construction

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As a new contractor or budding builder, you are going to be working with cranes on a consistent basis. However, the vast crane hire world is likely to be new territory for you and it can be overwhelming for a newcomer to determine where to start.

Construction Cranes is such an essential piece of machinery that you don’t want to be making any mistakes when it comes to where and whom you are hiring from. To assist in your learning, read on for a beginner’s guide to hiring a crane for a construction project.

1. Know which projects require a crane.Beginner guide to hiring a crane for construction

As a beginner to the crane world, you may be surprised to learn how many projects require cranes. Everything from large tree removals to the tower and concrete wall setting, second-floor additions, roofing, and landscape renovations demand cranes. Furthermore, if your construction company does any work on high-rise buildings, you are going to want a fixed tower crane or self-erecting crane on-site.

Also, any project that entails the transport of heavy materials is going to require a crane to make it happen. In other words, cranes are used all the time and are a mainstay on most construction sites.

That being said, you don’t have to be an engineer yourself to have access to one. Instead, you merely need to partner with a respected crane hire company that can provide you with the necessary equipment, parts and operating know-how to ensure the project is a success.

2. Choose a crane hire company that has the necessary knowledge and know-how.

Not all crane companies provide the same level of service, and (relatedly) not all of them will have been in business for the same amount of time. Generally, those that have been operating in this industry for a significant period have a lot more in the way of knowledge and experience. This is important when you are looking to hire a crane from them because you want them to impart as much advice and expertise as possible.

For example, rules and regulations are continually changing. So you want to be working with a crane company that prides itself in staying up-to-date and uses that expertise to assist you with site planning when necessary.

If it is your first time working with a crane hire company, opt to speak with some of their previous clients and ask them questions related to customer service, training, site planning, and installation. Their responses will help you get a better overview of the depth of experience of the company — not merely what they tell you.

3. Educate yourself on the ways that hiring a crane can save you money.

Even when you know full well all the reasons for hiring a crane, it can still feel questionable when it comes to writing the cheque. That is, until you realize that hiring a crane from a reputable company can actually save you a lot of money.

How so?

The fact that your construction firm doesn’t have to purchase and then maintain a crane is obviously a massive cost-saver. But, there are some additional reasons why hiring a crane can save you money.

Besides helping you with site planning, a top crane hire company will oversee the installation of the crane and will have an in-house transport fleet that can be used to move the equipment around. This is a huge benefit for your construction company as it means that you won’t have to hire and train your own people to be in charge of these roles.

By working with a crane company that has employees that are professionally trained by the crane manufacturers, you can be assured that the process will be overseen and conducted in a regulated manner without excessive burden on your workers.

Have you ever worked with a crane hire company before? If so, what were some things you liked about their services? What did you think could be improved? Let’s start a discussion related to this topic in the comments below.


Hermann Buchberger is the Founder and CEO of Active Crane Hire (ACH). He’s taken the company from start-up to Industry Leader offering the largest fleet of construction cranes in Australia. ACH launched new types of cranes previously unheard of in the Australian market: electric tower cranes. The company’s infrastructure and associated services now comprise a fleet of trucks and trailers, a crane-rigging team, mobile cranes technicians, a fleet of service vehicles, and an extensive range of crane’s spare parts.

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