Three Tips To Hiring The Right Crane For Your Residential And Commercial Building Projects

Hiring the right type of crane for your residential or commercial building project in Brisbane, The Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast…

It’s tricky but easier with these three crane hire tips.

Hey, you may have even been on a job site that has had the wrong sized crane. So you know firsthand how hiring the incorrect crane can create all sorts of building, installation and safety issues on a job site.

The benefits of hiring the right type of crane for construction

Having the right crane will save you time and money, but it’s also an investment in your project and in people. Having the right crane creates a safer work environment- keeping the crew on the job site safer while keeping your budget and project in check!

Plus, hiring the right type of crane that can efficiently lift the building materials you need it to will drastically reduce damaged materials on your construction site as well.

This is why builders know that having the right crane for the right need is priceless to their projects success, people and profit margins.

Three tips for hiring the right crane for your residential or commercial building projects

1 – Site evaluation, access & conditions 

You may think that picking the size of the crane for your building project is the first thing to consider, but that’s putting the cart before the horse.

The first thing you need to do to nail the right crane for your commercial or residential build is to evaluate the site, access and conditions.

Things you need to consider before hiring a crane are:

Is the job site flat or sloping?

Is there limited site access such as trees or other obstructions you have to manoeuvre around to operate the crane safely? 

These are just some of the basic things you need to consider before deciding on what type of crane is best for your construction project.

After all, what’s the point of hiring a crane if it does not fit, can’t handle the terrain or lift the materials to the height you need?

Quick tipAnother point to keep in mind before hiring a construction crane is the route the crane has to take to get to your project. There may be bridges, road limits or overpasses the crane may not fit through.  So make sure you speak with your crane hire service about this before hiring your crane.

For a better handle on what type of crane is best suited for your construction project, you can always contact us at Regal Crane Hire Brisbane and Gold Coast for free assistance and advice.

2- What height and materials do you need your construction crane to lift?

These are vital factors you need to consider and speak with your crane hire service about before hiring a crane.

Having a crane that can’t lift the material to the height you need is going to be tedious and slow. It may result in building materials being damaged and budget blowouts – no one wants that!

Secondly, hiring a crane that can’t lift to the height you need is a surefire way to increase the chances of a workplace accident resulting in injury or even loss of life.

And third, knowing the maximum height you need your crane to lift the building materials to will help you determine the type of crane you need, how much counterweight is required while also taking into account weather conditions such as the wind.

“Regal Crane Hire. They use the highest quality of equipment to do an outstanding job at a very, very reasonable price!! They, without a doubt leading the crane industry with their customer service, let alone they’re efficiency and understanding of what I require. It takes a lot of time to find the “Needle in the haystack”, but once you talk to these guys, you will know your dealing with experienced people.” Tyson Halliwell

3 – Choosing the right type of crane

Okay, so what type of crane is the right type of crane for your building project? Do you need to hire a tower crane, Franna or ‘Taxi’ crane, a floating crane or another type?

It’s not a one-size fit all answer. Every project, site, height requirements and other needs are all unique.

Some of the typical builders, roofing services and developers hire from Regal Crane Hire include, but are not limited to:

Hydraulic slew or city crane

These are incredibly versatile and compact cranes, perfect for rugged terrain and tight spaces.

It has a small footprint, adjustable turning circle and a long boom configuration, so they are an ideal crane for sites with restricted access.

16T Hydraulic slew or city cranes are great for:

  • Reaching tall heights from a tight space
  • Signage installation or removal
  • Unloading, lifting or moving Roof Trusses
  • Installation or removing air conditioning units

Franna or ‘Taxi’ cranes

The Pick And Carry Franna or “taxi” crane can do just what the name suggests. They can pick up and carry heavy loads across a worksite.  

They can be used in a variety of places, from plant sites, to residential job sites, mining and construction sites, workshops and many other locations.

Some of the tasks you could use a 20T Franna or ‘Taxi’ crane for could be unloading, moving or lifting:

  • Trusses
  • Gyprock Sheeting
  • Framework
  • Air Con Units
  • Steel Beams
  • Pools

“Haydon and Annette are great to deal with, both onsite and booking jobs. Biggest thing for us in the building industry is time constraints and having companies running on time. They are never late and always work quick and professionally.” John Lister

Mobile Liebherr Cranes

There’s not much this crane can’t carry out. This all-terrain mobile crane provides incredible lift charts.

However, the 55T isn’t just for lifting heavy items! 

It’s the distance away from the crane where the load is to land, where the Liebherr cranes excel. 

The 55T Liebherr All-Terrain Crane has the lifting capacity and boom reach you need to get the job done.

The 55T Liebherr Crane would be best for unloading, lifting, installing or moving:

  • Roof trusses and steel beams
  • Pools Installations
  • Concrete Blocks
  • Site Offices
  • Dropping loads over long distances

Other common types of cranes for hire also include:

  • Truck Mounted Cranes
  • Tower Cranes
  • Rough Terrain Cranes
  • Telescopic Cranes
  • And crane ships or crane vessels or floating cranes. 

“Great service and happy to meet our requirements with no hesitation. Return customer and have also recommended Regal Crane Hire to other construction companies. Keep up the good work, guys!” Justine Aberhart – Aberhart Roofing

When hiring a crane in Brisbane, The Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast, there is no “one size fits all” approach. Based on our experience, every customer, their building project, site, access, heights and materials all vary. Before hiring any equipment, give us a call so we can help you save money on booking the right crane for your job.

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