Different Project Sites: There’s a Crane for That

As a project manager or owner of a company, you are consciously aware of rising construction costs. You also know better than anyone that the equipment you use plays an extensive role in your project’s success, so you can’t cut corners no matter how tight your budget becomes. Different jobs require different types of machinery—you need a scraper and paver to lay down a new parking lot and truck loaders and dump trucks to dispose of waste materials. But did you know that you can’t use just any crane for most of your projects? Each different work site and structure type requires a different type of crane. Manufacturers designed cranes to help project managers and construction workers quickly build many different structures. However, not every crane type suits every construction zone. If you plan to build an edifice on smooth ground, you’ll need a different crane than if you built on rougher terrain. Not sure which crane works best for your next construction job? Read below for more information about crane types and how you can use each one. 1. Overhead Cranes. This is our bread-and-butter. American Equipment, Inc., has been in business more than 45 years and has become one of the nation’s leaders in in-house crane fabrication, parts, service, and material handling. Typically these cranes are known as bridge cranes, overhead cranes remain the most versatile and commonly used crane type. You may have even seen these cranes on various work sites over the years. Fabricators designed overhead bridges with a set of parallel runways (called a bridge) that span a gap on your work site. The lifting mechanism runs along the bridge to lift and move heavy metals or other materials quickly. If time and efficiency are crucial to your project, consider an overhead crane to get the job done quickly and effortlessly. Our expertise extends throughout the crane industry, offering service and repair for all types of cranes, many of which are described below. Give us a call at 1-888-299-0896 to learn more about what American Equipment, Inc., can do for you and your business. 2. Hydraulic Truck Cranes. If you plan to build major structures such as airports, buildings, bridges, and roadways, implement hydraulic truck cranes for maximum efficacy. Hydraulic truck cranes use an intriguing process that pushes oil and the boom’s pistons in different paths. This process produces a force that allows this crane type to lift thousands of pounds of materials. However, you have to use this crane type on smoother surfaces. This crane type can perform arduous work in mere minutes. Rather than hire hundreds of workers to fulfill your project needs, rely on hydraulics to do the job quickly and efficiently. 3. All-Terrain Cranes. Does your project require you to drive materials between construction sites? If so, then you might want to consider an all-terrain crane. You or your construction workers can drive these specific cranes on both smooth highways or off-road depending on your specific needs. These cranes can reach up to 40 mph and can carry up to 130 tons. Most manufacturers build all terrain cranes with one to two engines, a telescopic boom, and hydraulically operated winches that can perform virtually any task. You can use an all-terrain crane for the same projects as a hydraulic truck crane. However, this unique crane type allows you more luxury and efficiency than a traditional hydraulic crane. 4. Rough Terrain Cranes. Rough terrain cranes function in a similar capacity to all terrain and hydraulic truck cranes. However, these cranes are specifically designed to operate off-road and on rough terrain. Use this crane for large projects such as bridge building. Manufacturers designed this crane with rubber tires and all-wheel drive features. Though rough terrain cranes are optimal for heavy lifting and maneuverability, you might find it a little difficult them to your project site. Since these cranes cannot traverse public highways, you will need to transport your crane on a lowboy or other transport truck. 5. Crawler Cranes. If your construction project requires the flexibility of heavy lifting at great heights, you might want to look into crawler cranes. This crane type gets its name from the tracks (or crawlers) that the undercarriage sits on. These cranes can lift up to 3500 tons at heights of 200 meters or higher. Crawler cranes also move around your work site with ease due to a unique self-propel feature. These cranes are perfect for work site stability and require little set up. However, they weigh a lot. The weight makes crawler cranes expensive and difficult to move between work sites. 6. Tower Cranes. If you prefer a fixed-to-the-ground crane, you’ll probably prefer a tower crane for your next venture. Tower cranes are a more modern type of balance crane that fixes to the ground or the side of a structure via anchor bolts. These bolts secure the crane as it lifts and moves different sized loads. Tower cranes reach a height of almost 300 feet, extend out to almost 250 feet, and lift a weight close to 20 tons. This crane type moves heavy loads such as metal beams, structural supports, and concrete blocks for tall buildings. No matter what project you need to start or how big a load you need to transport between project sites, you have a number of different options available to you. Before you build your next office building or another construction venture, choose the crane that best fits your needs, schedule, and budget for optimum project success.

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