Hiring the Best Heavy Construction Equipment: Everything to Consider

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Hiring the Best Heavy Construction Equipment: Everything to Consider

If you are hiring heavy construction equipment for your business, there are so many things you need to consider, from driver training to safety features, from cost to supplemental insurance, and, of course, there are many other factors to consider. Hi, my name is Dave, and I used to work in the oil fields. During that time, I ran almost every type of heavy machinery you can imagine, and I also saw a lot of mistakes being made. I learned a lot, and now that I am semi-retired, I want to share a lot of that info. Before you hire a heavy machine, take a look at these posts.


How To Determine What Cranes Are Right For Your Project

Cranes are an important part of construction that every building site will need at some point. The trick is figuring out which type of cranes are necessary for your project and which would be too big or too small. After all, there are dozens of different variations of cranes and while some of those varieties might overlap in a lot of ways, they are still unique and you need to find the most relevant one to you. Here are a few ways you can determine which type of crane will be best suited to your up-and-coming construction job.

Height Of The Project 

If you are working on anything more than a one-story building, then you can immediately rule out truck cranes (that are installed in the back of trucks and able to be used to load and unload supplies) but other than that, there are no hard and fast rules. Figuring out the total height of the project before you begin construction will be necessary so that you can communicate with a crane rental company to see what they have in stock. Fixed cranes are rare for anything other than skyscrapers, so your best bet is going to be telescopic or crawler cranes. 

Maximum Weight Required

A lot of construction projects that are based in residential areas do not have very heavy maximum loads, the cranes are simply used to ferry material up to the higher floors that would be impossible to move through stairs and so on. However, if your particular job does involve some very heavy lifting then you need to know that before construction begins. For example, if the roof of your building is made out of large metal sheets that come in major panels, pre-welded together, then your crane needs to be able to lift something much heavier than you will find at an average work site and you need to be prepared.


When deciding on a crane it is not just about how much stuff they can lift and how high, it is also important to know how small a space they can work in. Most construction in Australia takes place in large cities where conditions can be cramped, and you need to plan ahead if you are going to need more room for your crane. The smaller a crane you can use the better for residential projects, but never at the expense of its functionality.