On a construction site, it is easy to see the benefits of having a crane… lifting heavy objects for one. However, those benefits can often be overshadowed by some of the negatives involving crane ownership such as the initial outlay, the need for maintenance, and skilled operator requirements, among other things.
Luckily, opting for crane rental is a fantastic way to reap those benefits while decreasing the negatives. To learn more, keep reading why rental cranes can improve your day-to-day operations.
One of the biggest reasons why rental cranes make the most sense (for most projects) is because of their cost-efficiency. After all, just because you (often) utilize this type of machinery in your construction sites, doesn’t mean that you always need the same kind or size of a crane. Therefore, by opting to rent cranes as and when you need them, you can be more flexible with ensuring that you have the right equipment for the job.
On the one hand, you can put down a large sum of money to buy your own crane and then only be able to use it for particular one of your projects. Or, you can simply opt to rent the specific crane you need for the job and only pay for that period of use.
While for some firms, it makes more sense to look for tower cranes for sale; for most companies, the best ROI comes from renting. Usually, crane rental companies will first provide you with a free price quotation. You can then take this information and use it while shopping around to ensure you find an option that works for both your budget and requirements.
As an essential aspect of smart crane operations, site planning is crucial to the success of a construction project. This is even truer when cranes are brought into the picture as they ramp up the intensity of the logistics. Without adequate preparation, you are likely to end up with a construction project that is severely delayed, and a worksite facing constant bottlenecks. What’s more, lacking a site plan increases the risk of injury or loss of life.
However, by choosing to rent a crane from a company that offers a full-service approach (including site planning) to crane hire services, you can fulfil your needs.
This is key to maintaining a safe, stable, and simple lifting operation on a day-to-day basis. Generally, site planning involves four steps: surveying the site, assessing risks, classifying crane requirements, and understanding roles and responsibilities. Together, these steps ensure that all considerations have been covered before you get started.
It is important to remember when looking at potential options for a crane hire rental company that you aren’t only thinking about the crane. You also want to be considering a company’s expertise and what experience they are bringing to the table.
This is important because you can tap into (and build from) their expertise down the line. And, when combined with your staff knowledge, this could conceivably help to finish a project within a shorter time frame.
Moreover, if your firm doesn’t employ an in-house crane operator, then you can find one through a reputable crane hire contractor. This is certainly the option for those who prefer to be efficient with their time and budget. This way, you don’t have to train your workers in this area, nor do you have to embark on a quest to find a licensed operator. Instead, you can get a referral or recommendation from those ‘in the know,’ and who deal with this daily.
When you own your crane, you are responsible for inspections, maintenance, safety gear, placement, and travel costs. However, when you rent a crane, these additional factors are also taken care of by the crane hire company. Therefore, you don’t have to invest time and money into the crane operations continually. You can, instead, take advantage of the serviced machines that are already well looked-after.
When looking at a specialist crane hire company’s portfolio and reviews, you will be able to ascertain the quality and reliability of their equipment. Only work with ones who regularly inspect their equipment and who share with you a passion for keeping workers safe and delivery service quality. And, let’s not forget, renting a crane gives you a needed boost in customer protection due to warranties and insurance.
What do you think about crane rentals? Does your firm prefer to rent or buy your own?
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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 a new type of crane 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 crane technicians, a fleet of service vehicles, and an extensive range of crane spare parts.