What Crane Do I Need for My Job?

Jun 22, 2020 | Resources

When it comes to your project, crane size and type matters. You can’t just choose any old crane to complete your project. There are a variety of different cranes in different sizes, including tower, crawler, all terrain, and boom trucks. The type and size of your project, as well as the condition of your site plays a major role in choosing the right crane for the job.


Weight Requirements

Before you can choose the right crane for the job, you should have a clear understanding of how much you’ll need to lift and haul. You can easily narrow down your list of options once you know how much weight you’ll need to lift. Load charts will help you understand all you need to know about the crane, from its capabilities to its structure and dimensions. This includes boom length and weight capacity. You’ll need to determine gross capacity and calculate maximum lift within a given radius. Calculating these numbers will ensure that you choose a crane that has enough capacity and will fit in your job site.



Next, you need to figure out how the crane is getting to your jobsite. Some cranes are mobile and some may need to be hauled on a trailer. You may overlook this detail, but it’s a critical one. You must consider that there are city and state laws requiring permits to transport cranes and heavy equipment. In order to get the crane to your site, you may have to go through hoops to avoid roads that are insufficient in allowing heavy equipment to pass through. At Landwehr Construction, we offer a crane taxiing service; we will bring the crane to you to make the process easier for you.



Before you make your final decision, you need to think about what your construction site looks like. Consider both its condition and terrain. This includes weather and spatial constraints. Is the ground level? Does it rain in the area all the time? Is there minimal space? When you take these factors into consideration, you’ll be able to decide between a rough terrain crane, an all-terrain crane, a mini-crane, or something else entirely.



At Landwehr Construction, we have a fleet of over 30 cranes, including the powerhouse AC 350 designed for all terrains. We can lift from 30 to 400 tons and our boom/jib lengths reach up to 415 feet. Contact us for more information.