Since ancient times hoists, pulley systems, and even cranes have been used to lift and move heavy objects from one place to another. 

As times and technology progressed, the equipment also advanced, making it easier and more efficient to get a job done. 

In today’s world cranes and hoists and other equipment and accessories are used across a wide variety of industries all over the world. 

This equipment is important, and powerful and needs to be understood in order to use them correctly. 

In this article, we are going back to the basics and discussing cranes and hoists and their functions and purpose! 

Cranes: The Basics

The first recorded crane is known to have been used as early as 1500 B.C.! And even though materials and technology have changed since then, the overall design and function is still the same. 

Cranes are meant to move large objects from one space to another. This can be moving materials from one side of the job site to the other side or placing a piece of material onto a building. 

There are many different types of cranes available for use today and some of the most commonly used ones are: 

  • All-terrain cranes
  • Rough terrain cranes
  • Tower cranes
  • Mobile cranes
  • Crawler cranes
  • Aerial cranes
  • Truck mounted cranes

Each crane has been created to serve a different purpose that is needed to get a specific job done. 

Here at BOSS Crane, we offer several different types of cranes at different weights and specifications to ensure you’re getting the best equipment for your task at hand. 

All of our operators are trained, certified, and experienced in handling and driving these cranes so you won’t have to worry about finding someone to control it. 

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Hoists: The Basics

A hoist is similar to the functions of a crane because it lifts and lowers materials. However, a hoist doesn’t do everything a crane can. 

A hoist is a stationary lift that lifts and lowers objects on a vertical plane. Think of a pulley system when you move something from one end of the rope to the other. That’s what a stationary hoist does. 

For example, if you are constructing a large building, a hoist can raise and lower the materials you need at the top of the building. You don’t need a crane in this instance because you are only moving materials up and down. 

Like there are various types of cranes, there are also different types of hoists and features of a hoist that will help determine which one is suited for your needs. 

A hoist becomes considered a crane when its function is not just lifting items up and down but in every direction. 

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No matter the project or the industry you serve, we here at BOSS Crane have the equipment and crew you need to get the job done right and safely each and every time. 

We enjoy serving Texas area companies with their projects and have a combined 200 years of experience which makes us experts in the crane industry. 

One of the advantages of hiring our company is that we prioritize safety above all else. We continually train our operators in best practices regarding safety and how to minimize workplace accidents. 

For more information about our company and services, continue to browse our website, follow us on social media and read the articles on our blog page! Our most recent article discusses 4 Factors To Consider When Hiring A Crane Company

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