If you are a contractor, builder, or project manager dealing with large projects, there is a good chance that you use cranes on a regular basis. After all, there are a wide variety of projects for which cranes are essential.
Projects like large tree removal and maintenance, tower and concrete wall setting, second-floor additions, roofing and landscape renovations all require cranes. In addition, any work that is done on high-rise buildings is going to need some crane help. Plus, if you have to move heavy materials in and out of tight spaces, you are going to want some extra power.
In other words, cranes are often a necessity to get the job done. However, they can also be a financial burden for many building firms, particularly if you don't own the necessary one for the project.
Fortunately, there is a solution.
Here are four ways a reputable crane hire company can save you money.
1. A reputable crane hire company will assist you with site planning.
By opting to work with a highly regarded crane hire company from the start of a project, you are also choosing to receive valuable knowledge that the company has gathered during their time in business. Nowhere is this more important than when it comes to site planning.
Site planning rules and regulations are continually changing so by bringing in the expertise of a crane hire company, you can rest assured that the information you have will be up-to-date. They continuously do research into the local restrictions of all associated governing bodies.
This can potentially save you much money as it drastically reduces the chances of needing to change the plans at the very last minute.
2. A reputable crane hire company will offer an approved crane base.
Critical for safety, a crane base is the support platform for a fixed crane. A significant problem for construction companies is that a crane base needs to be both engineered and approved by an accredited and sufficiently qualified structural engineer.
Having an in-house engineer is a significant money drain for all construction firms. Working with a crane hire company that offers you this engineering service at a competitive rate is a guaranteed way to save your company money.
3. A reputable crane hire company will oversee installation.
Just as with the crane base, the installation of the crane is critical to its safety and efficiency. Purchasing the required infrastructure to repair, transport, install, manage and take down a crane is an expensive and complicated approach. Engaging a crane hire company that has the in-house capabilities to get it all done is a smarter way to go.
Ideally, you want to work with a crane hire company that has an in-house transport fleet and mobile cranes and fixed cranes. A company who can be completely in control of every step of the process. Not only will this reduce the burden on your employees, but it will keep down costs while also ensuring that everything is done in a regulated manner.
4. A reputable crane hire company will prioritize maintenance.
Without maintenance, a crane is doomed to fail. And who wants a crane to stall operations in the middle of a project? Not your company!
Hiring the appropriate people with the knowledge needed to maintain cranes may not be a smart business move for you. So, instead, you want to find a crane hire company that already has team members who are professionally trained by the crane manufacturers. These workers will understand the ins and outs of the crane and will be prepared with any essential spare parts.
Think about it this way: If your crane breaks down, you are losing time and money on the project that you can't afford to squander.
Does your construction company have its own selection of cranes or do you hire them when necessary from a crane hire company? What do you see are the pros and cons to both options? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Hermann Buchberger is the Founder and CEO of Active Crane Hire (ACH). He’s taken the company from start-up to Industry Leader offering the largest fleet of construction cranes in Australia. ACH launched a new type of crane previously unheard of in the Australian market: electric tower cranes. The company's infrastructure and associated services now comprise a fleet of trucks and trailers, a crane-rigging team, mobile crane technicians, a fleet of service vehicles, and an extensive range of crane spare parts.