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4 Things You Need To Know Before Calling To Rent A Crane

by Harvie Simms

If you have a construction job where you need to use a crane, you are going to need to rent a crane if you don't own one already. As cranes are usually only needed for specialty projects, it is common to rent cranes for these types of projects. Before you call the crane rental project, make sure that you have all the right information on hand.

#1 What You Are Moving

First, before you call up a crane company to rent a crane, you need to know what you are moving. You need to know the exact materials that you are going to be moving as well as the weight of those materials and the quantity of the materials. You need to know how far you need to move the materials; do you need to move them to the second floor of a two-story home or on the tenth floor of an apartment building. All of these details will impact the crane that you need to rent.

Knowing what you are moving will also determine the type of rigging that you need. Rigging is what keeps the crane stable, so the better you know what you need to move, the easier time the crane company will have setting you up with the correct rigging for your project.

#2 Where the Job Is Located

Second, you need to know where the job is located and how far the crane needs to be transported. Depending on the type of crane that you need, the crane may need to be transported on a big rig vehicle, and special permits may need to be obtained for the transportation of the crane. Depending on how far your job is from the crane company, extra transportation costs may be involved.

#3 What Type of Crane Operator You Have

Next, you need to know what type of crane operator you have. You need to make sure that you have a licensed operator. Many crane companies will ask to see the license of the crane operator on staff or that you plan on hiring to make sure that they have the right training and credentials to operate the crane. Some crane companies work with crane operators that you can hire onto your project.

#4 When Do You Need the Crane

Finally, you need to know when you need the crane and how long you need the crane for. Crane rental companies have a limited number of cranes that they lend out, and they send them on various jobs. They may not be able to meet a request with short notice. The more notice you can give them, the easier it will be for them to make sure that they have a crane for the entire length of your job for you to rent.

Before calling to rent a crane, make sure that you have as much information as possible. The more information you have, the easier the crane rental company will be able to match you with the crane that you need when you need it. For more information, contact a company like A C Jones Trucking Inc.