Cranes are some of the best solutions to lifting heavy equipment in construction sites. If you are thinking of renting one, it would be ideal if you considered a few things first because cranes are designed differently to meet unique construction needs. Terrain, size, weight or load capacity, and boom length are some of the significant aspects to consider in your selection.

Most importantly, however, you need to think about your expenses. Crane services can be quite costly. But if you know what to do and what to look for when selecting a crane, you can save a significant amount of money on the rental.

Here are some money-saving tips worth using in your next crane hire.

Choose the Right Size of Crane 

Cranes come in different sizes. And generally, larger cranes cost more because they are more powerful and have a higher lifting capacity. It's imperative to understand your project needs well before you choose a crane. What materials are you lifting? How heavy are they, and how high do you need the materials lifted? All these questions will help you choose the correct size. If you cannot figure this out by yourself, your contractor can help you understand the various specs of your project.

Hire Locally

If you are being charged by the hour, one thing worth noting is that for most companies, the time starts ticking as soon as the crane leaves their premises. Because of the transportation costs, you are likely to spend more the farther you are from their premises. That in mind, consider hiring from a local company.

Make Your Construction Site Easily Accessible

Obstacles in your construction site will result in project delays. Keep in mind that usually, many crane rental companies will charge you by the hour. For this reason, start by evaluating your construction site for any space limitations. If you have limited space on your site, go for a smaller crane. You also need to clear the site off any debris or trees that could get in the way of the crane.

It's also imperative to take note of all the obstructions on your site and let your crane operator know this beforehand. For instance, you can take note of things such as overhead powerlines, trees, or buildings that may affect the manoeuvrability of the equipment. It would help if the crane operator had some background information about your site to prepare themselves well for the work.