You’ve got a job to do. You know that you need a crane, but there are so many different types of cranes to choose from. How do you know which one will be the best fit?

The success of your project depends on making the right choice. It’s important that you pick the proper crane for the job in order to prevent damage, and accidents, and save yourself a lot of time and money. 

The professionals at BOSS Crane will be happy to walk you through crane selection and answer any questions you may have. If you don’t feel like calling us yet, that’s OK. Keep reading to see our crane selection guide.

Here are our tips for figuring out which type of crane is right for your job.

Know The Lift Height

This information is critical to crane selection. However high the loading material needs to go is how far the boom needs to reach. Therefore, if the reach is vertical, you will need a longer boom length. 

When calculating the lift height you will also need to factor in weather conditions, mainly wind. The higher the lift, the windier the conditions. You will need to make sure you adjust your counterweight accordingly to avoid accidents. If you have a tall order — literally, a tower crane may be the best option for you.  

Determine The Weight Load

The weight of the load you need to lift is one of the first things you need to know as you need to get a crane powerful enough to move your load. 

Another consideration besides weight is what type of load you need to move. A concrete slab will require a different type of crane than a tank of PetroChemicals.

Calculate The Moving Distance

How far will you need to move your load? If you need the crane to transport material from one location to another, you may need to get a truck crane. However, if there is a fixed path of movement within your worksite, you can use a crawler crane

Aside from the weight, height, and moving distance, there are some other factors you will need to consider as well. 

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Evaluate The Location 

What type of terrain will the crane be working in? 

If you are going to be working in a remote, tight space, the Grove 60 Ton crane may be the best choice for you. Will you be working on uneven ground? Will the surface be dirt, gravel, or concrete? All of these conditions are important as you will need to select a crane with either wheels or tracks — whatever is best for the job. 

You will also want to think about the accessibility of the site. Exactly how easy, or difficult, will the site be to get into? If you need to do bridge work, that is something else to consider as there may be multiple terrain factors. 

Also, don’t forget to check the weather and think about the time of year. For example, will you be working near the Gulf Coast during hurricane season? To see more information about Crane And Rigging In Texas, check out our previous blog on that very topic. 

Weather Conditions And Climate

Never underestimate the weather and what certain conditions can do to a worksite. Rain, wind, snow, heat — sites can experience it all. Look at the weather patterns and the time of year your job needs to be completed when making your crane decision.

One condition to bear in mind, in particular, is mud. If muddy terrain is going to be a factor, you may need to consider an all-terrain crane.

Contact BOSS Crane For Help In Selecting The Perfect Crane For Your Next Job

Choosing the right type of crane isn’t about getting the biggest and baddest machine you can find. It’s about finding the safest and most cost-efficient piece of equipment for your project. That’s where BOSS Crane can help.

We’ve spent years in the industry serving Texas and the surrounding areas, and we take pride in our cranes. We are here to serve you with quality products and customer service. Give us a call today and let’s talk cranes!