Cranes can be seen in most – if not all – construction projects, and for good reason. The crane is a kind of ‘derrick’ or tower which is equipped with pulleys and cables, and these pulleys and cables can lift as well as lower different kinds of materials. Cranes that are used for a construction and building project are often temporarily-installed, and can either be mounted on a special vehicle or affixed to the ground. Construction cranes can be controlled by an operator who is in the cab of the crane or controlled by the use of a button at a control station. Cranes can also be controlled with the use of radio controls. If you’re planning to hire cranes for your construction project, here are the top kinds of cranes from which you can choose.
- The mobile crane
The mobile crane is one of the most common cranes used for construction, as it is highly versatile. This crane is comprised of a telescopic boom or a truss made from steel, which is then mounted on a platform which is mobile. The platform could be a wheeled platform, a truck, or a rail platform. The boom is often at the bottom, and this boom can be lowered or raised with the use of hydraulic cylinders or cables. The reason why the mobile crane is a preferred choice is due to its versatility and flexibility. Its footprint (the area required to set the crane up) is not too big, which allows it to be moved around and fit more easily into different spaces.
- The telescopic crane
The telescopic crane is equipped with a special boom, and this boom is comprised of several tubes that are fitted to each other. The crane is also equipped with a mechanism that makes use of hydraulics to retract or extend these tubes in order to increase as well as decrease the boom’s length. Most of the cranes available today have some form of telescopic mechanism, although the ‘lattice boom’ kind of crane has a frame made of iron which is bolted or attached together in order to get the proper hoist height.
- The tower crane
Tower cranes are quite modern, and they can give the proper combination of lifting capacity and height, making them ideal for the construction of tall structures. Some of the largest tower cranes can extend to a height of up to a thousand metres.
There are other kinds of cranes used for construction, such as the truck-mounted crane, the rough terrain crane, the loader crane, and more, so it can be confusing to find the right crane for your particular needs. When hiring a crane, look for a company which can give you the proper advice on the best crane, as suggested by the specialists in crane hire in Lincoln, APH Cranes & Access.