Cranes are one of the most useful pieces of machinery ever made. They are widely used in construction projects and placing heavy loads in place which is almost inaccessible manually. Whether you are construction contractor, run a heavy industry or a residential client here are a few things you must consider when it comes to crane hire in Melbourne.
# Ready Your Plan
The first thing that you must do is prepare a detailed plan of all the tasks that need to be performed. Not having a detailed plan often results in hiring the wrong crane or having to hire them multiple times thus increasing your costs. If you are a construction contractor see if you can club all the lifting and moving tasks together to ensure you are getting the best value out of your money. If you can’t plan it out yourself you can take help from the crane operators as they will help you chalk out a plan that allows maximum utilization of resources and minimum costs.
# Crane Capacity
Mobile cranes come in different capacity or in other words their lifting capacity. You will have the option of choosing cranes that can lift and move load capacities ranging from 10 tonnes to 130 tonnes. And logically if you hire cranes of higher capacities you should be prepared to pay more. In other words if you hire a 30 tonne crane for a task that can be executed by a 16 tonne crane you aren’t going to get the best out of your money. However you should also bear in mind that maximum load capacity of the crane would be reduced if its boom is extended to the maximum. Thus you must make your choice after detailed discussion of the project with the crane operator.
# Reach of The Crane
Along with the lifting capacity you also need to take note of the crane’s reach. Not all cranes are built the same and hence you must talk to the operator about the reach of their cranes. And this would vary from site to site as your operator would need to place the crane closet to the load that needs to be lifted.
# Operator Experience
Hiring cranes in Melbourne solely based on technical specs can be a big mistake. A good lifting and moving operation is as much about the machine as it is about the skills of the operator. So when you look to hire a service provider you need to make sure that they have the required skills and experience to handle the job. Find out whether they have executed projects similar to yours in the past and also verify the skills of the crane operator who would be assigned for your project.