A mini crane can help with a range of projects, and if you need to do some heavy lifting, you may want to consider this tool over manual lifting or other types of cranes. Here are seven signs you should consider renting a mini crane for your project.
1. There is limited maneuvering space.
Mine cranes are ideal for getting into small spots. While sizes vary, you can get mini cranes with booms as short as 6.5 feet or up to 15 feet if you have a bit more space. However, if your only constraint is a small space, you may want to consider a walk-behind crane or a deck crane as well.
2. The worksite has uneven ground.
If you have a small space and uneven ground, deck cranes and walk-behinds will not work, but in these cases, mini cranes are ideal. Mini cranes can be easily adjusted with supports, and that makes it possible to stabilize these items on uneven ground.
3. Access to the workspace is limited.
In some cases, it is not about how much room you have in the work space. Rather it is about how much space you have leading up to the work space. If you need to transport the crane through a narrow passage or up an elevator that does not hold a lot of weight, a mini crane can also work. You can take apart mini cranes and move them piece by piece to your work site. Then, you can reassemble the crane once it's all there.
4. You need an electrical crane.
Many mini cranes have dual power options. This means that they can run on gasoline while outside and on electrical power while inside. This protects your workers from deadly gasses while inside. In contrast, if a crane is only gas-powered, you cannot use it inside.
5. You want a stationary crane.
If you need your crane to move around a lot, a mini crane may not work for you. In those cases, you may want a walk-behind crane or a small crane with a traditional cab with controls for the operator inside. Mini cranes, in contrast, work best for projects where you need the crane in the same spot for a relatively long amount of time.
6. You want to reduce labor costs.
In most cases, cranes lift items that are far too heavy for humans to lift. However, that is not the only use for these tools. In some cases, you may use mini cranes to make jobs easier for your workers or to save on labour costs.
For example, imagine you are working in a small space, and you want to pave a balcony. Your workers can manually carry concrete up to the balcony, or you can use a crane to lift the concrete up there. Many mini cranes have multiple buckets including tilted buckets designed for concrete, and that helps to make these jobs possible. Alternatively, you can position the crane on an upper level and use it to hoist things from concrete mix to building supplies to the workers up there.
7. You need remote controls.
In some cases, space may be so limited that you only have room to set up a crane, and you don't have room for workers around it. For example, this can happen in angular shaped spaces or near ledges. In these cases, you may also want a mini crane as it can be controlled remotely.
To learn more about renting mini cranes or for help choosing the right crane for your project, contact a local crane company today.