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3 Common Types of Industrial Cranes and Their Uses

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Looking to rent a crane for your business? Hiring industrial cranes are now more cost-effective than ever because cranes are now of a quality and number never seen before. There is a large amount of crane types, each with different specialties and uses.

What are the more common of these crane types? And in what cases should you consider hiring them?

Mobile Cranes

Mobile cranes are a very basic and common type of crane. They're highly mobile, and have telescopic or truss booms. This allows them travel on public roads with ease.

This crane type can also be converted to a demolition crane through the simple installation of a common wrecking ball. Another temporary mobile crane form is the earthmover, which is simply a mobile crane with a clamshell bucket or a scoop and dragline installed.

Mobile cranes are a great option for those wishing to complete small to medium scale tasks, with long travel distances in between.

Pick and Carry or Franna Cranes

Similarly to mobile cranes, pick and carry cranes are of medium size, and are capable of travel on roads. Pick and carry cranes are designed to lift and carry loads a relatively small distance, as they usually have no outriggers or stabiliser legs.

In Australia, pick and carry cranes are commonly referred to as Franna cranes. Franna is an Australian industrial crane manufacturing company whose pick and carry cranes are common. This has led to the brand name being used to commonly address all pick and carry cranes, even though they may not have been made by Franna.

Pick and carry cranes are a good option, if you have many medium-sized tasks to do, with long travel distances in between.

Tower Cranes

Tower cranes are the largest form of crane, and are commonly used for constructing tall buildings. Usually fixed to the ground or another structure, tower cranes are not able to travel when set up.

There are many types of tower cranes; one of the most common types is the slew crane. Slew cranes are cranes with a slewing unit, which is usually at the top of the crane's mast, below the operating cabin. The slewing unit allows slew cranes to rotate; an extremely useful function for tower cranes, as the crane is otherwise immobile.

Tower cranes are a good option if you wish to complete high altitude work of high quality.

For more questions on what will work best for you and your company, check out companies such as Tolsaf Crane Hire