Generally, a crane refers to a machine with wire ropes, chains, sheaves and other hoisting mechanisms that can be used to move machines up, down or horizontally. Cranes have become an important part of many commercial activities such as construction, warehousing and marine transport at sea ports. With so many cranes in the market, you need some knowledge on how they work so that you can match the crane with the type of work you are need it for. Here is a thorough look at some of the cranes available in the market to help you make the right choice:
The Tower Crane
Just as the name alludes, the tower crane is a tall imposing structure that can rise over two hundred and fifty feet. They also have an incredible capacity, considering that they can hoist over fifteen tonnes worth of material and equipment from one place to another. In most cases, tower cranes are used in the construction of tall buildings and skyscrapers. They replace elevated work platforms and other hoisting mechanisms because of the risk involved when working at such heights.
When in use, the tower crane is set up on a firm a concrete base and held in place using large, coated bolts. Once the project is over, the crane is unfastened and dismantled easily.
The Vehicle Mounted Crane
In some cases, you might need a mobile crane capable of shifting positions multiple times in the course of work. This is where a vehicle-mounted crane comes in handy. The crane is mounted on truck that can move from one place to another, with outriggers used to guarantee the stability of the crane. Ideally, a top benefit of this type of crane is its mobility. On the downside, weight limitations come into play when mounting the crane on the truck. They are ideal for moving small loads weighing within the maximum range of the truck's axle capacities.
The All-Terrain Crane
Some terrains are difficult for ordinary trucks when it comes to manoeuvring and handling. The truck can easily topple over because of the crane's weight. When working on sites with a rough dynamic terrain, you need an all-terrain crane with more wheels than an ordinary truck for balance and rough-terrain manoeuvres. This crane can also be driven on paved roads without damaging the paved surface. Many wheels ensure that the weight is distributed over a large surface area, reducing the pressure that the crane exerts on the road.Share
24 April 2017
Hello, my name is Richard and I own a medium-sized industrial unit in Sydney, Australia. I only started the business a few months ago, so I am not a professional in any sense of the word. Before I could set the business going, I had to kit out the new factory with equipment. I didn't have a clue where to source the best equipment or how to get the best deal. Thankfully, my brother-in-law is worked in manufacturing for many years. He came along with me when we viewed the equipment and got me the very best stuff. I decided to start this blog to help others who are just starting out.