A crane can play a significant role in the development of your next project, but hiring a crane also requires a significant investment. To make the most of your time with the crane and to keep costs as low as possible, check out these tips.
1. Time the Rental Strategically
Always make sure that you choose the timing of your crane rental strategically. Ideally, you want the crane to come in just when you need it. You don't want to hire a crane and have it sit there for days or weeks until you get to that part of your project. Also, time the transport of your crane strategically — don't plan to drive it during rush hour. Instead, pick it up in the early morning or evening hours when you can get it to your site relatively quickly without wasting time in dense traffic.
2. Choose the Right Size
Jot down the items you need to move with your crane and how far or high you need to move them. Then, consult with the hire company to make sure you select the right size of crane. If you hire a larger crane than you need, you will end up overspending for capacity. On the other hand if you choose a smaller crane that you need, you won't be able to meet your project's objectives or may have to hire the crane for a longer amount of time to get everything done.
3. Make a Plan Before the Crane Arrives
So that you can optimize your time once you have the crane, make a plan before you get the crane. Stage the objects you want to move so that they are ready when the crane gets to your site. Also, make sure you have a roomy, stable place to put the crane, and remove any obstacles that are in its way.
4. Consider a Professional Crane Operator
You may want to contact a consulting firm and see if they can provide you with a professional crane operator. A skilled operator can reduce the risk of errors or injuries, while also helping to speed up the process so that you can optimize your time with the crane.
5. Do Some Comparison Shopping
Finally, take some time to contact a few different crane hire companies. If you get multiple quotes, you can rest assured that you're getting the best deal for your needs. Remember, however, to include ancillary products and services such as crane insurance in your quotes.