Telescopic Crane Rentals: Six Tips

Without the budget to purchase a crane outright, the ability to do telescopic crane rentals may help your company quite a bit. However, unless you already know how these cranes work and how to ensure smooth rental transactions, you'll need these six crane recommendations.

1-Know Load Amounts

The type of telescopic crane you'll rent depends on the weight of the loads which it will carry. This is vital information; you shouldn't guess, as renting a crane that is unable to lift loads safely could result in real problems. You can calculate the weight based on past projects or enlist the help of managers or workers to determine the proper crane needed. Rental company staff may also advise you; discuss specific projects with them, and ask if they'll come out to the site for a better idea of what's needed.

2-Get Operators

Your rental company could only provide "bare" rentals. This is a cheaper way to rent telescopic cranes, but you will have to find your own operators. Industrial temp agencies often have lists of pre-vetted licensed telescopic crane operators. You may be able to place work ads in local papers if you have enough time to do so. Some rental companies will also have a few names to contact.

3-Prep Site

Telescopic cranes require a lot of airspace; any electric lines or tree branches are problematic. Uneven ground or large bushes are also troublesome. Therefore, fully clear the ground and check for overhead issues before the telescopic crane arrives.

4-Get Permits

Apply for crane permits before your rental period begins. You don't want to rack up needless fines because you didn't get the appropriate approval.

5-Schedule Work

Before the telescopic crane arrives, you should be scheduling it to fit in with other work. If delivery of pipes or other materials has been delayed, delay your rental. If other machines need to be in the space at the same time, find a better time for the crane to do its work. Inadequate scheduling could cause you to need to extend the rental and in turn, pay more money.

6-Conduct Crane Inspections

Monitoring rental equipment is important. With telescopic cranes, you need to be aware of both the vehicle's engine and tires and the hydraulic components that allow the crane to extend and operate. Advise your own workers to conduct inspections multiple times a day. They should especially be examining the hook, ropes, chains, and tubes. Proper inspections can prevent injuries and load damage. If you're unsure about what needs inspection, enlist rental staff to help. And if you find anything that looks suspicious, contact professionals equipped to do formal crane inspections right away.

With these recommendations, telescopic crane rentals go well. Rental company staff will provide more information before and during your experience with their machines.