What To Consider Before Buying A Crane


Many construction companies opt for a crane rental as opposed to making the large investment purchasing one of these machines can bring. However, if a construction company has regular uses for cranes, purchasing might not be a bad decision. As with any large investment, taking pros and cons in to account is a must. When it comes to purchasing a crane, the following list highlights several things that should be considered prior to making a purchase.

The first thing to consider is what types of jobs the crane will be used for along with a company’s future objectives. It is important to look beyond the job at hand. Since a crane is such a large investment, it should not be purchased to only meet the immediate needs of a business, it should be thought about long term. What size will the loads lifted by the crane be? How often and in what quantity will the crane be lifting these loads? Will the crane be in operation daily? If so, for how many hours will it be in operation? And so on. These are all important questions to ask to gain an understanding of what the crane will be used for.

Environment is another point to think about. Are work sites open or more closed off? How much space will the crane have to move around and what type of movements will it be able to complete? Etc. Since work areas can vary greatly, knowing where the crane will be used is important in order to select the best type of machine to fit a business’ needs.

The next element to take into consideration is what type of controls the crane will have. This is a preference question as much as it is a functional question. Some operators may prefer a fixed control station, while others like the view better from a top seat control station. Whatever decision is made, it must be best for however operations will take place on job sites.

Now for the more technical elements; maintenance and repair. Is your business able to perform routine maintenance? Can employees learn these tasks? Will these responsibilities be outsourced? Previous performance reports of different crane makes and models can be reviewed to look for any common issues.

And finally, be sure to review warranty information along with support and services that are available in the future.

Buying a crane may be the best decision for some construction companies. The above questions will help make the decision process a little easier. If buying does not fit your business, crane rentals are an effective route.

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