HOW TO RENT A CRANE: FOR CONTRACTORS

Most contractors rely on heavy machinery on-site before the construction begins. From small-scale housing to building skyscrapers, all need heavy machinery such as cranes, excavators, and builders to transfer blocks from one place to another. Due to the high costs of the machinery, contractors prefer renting them rather than buying them. Heavy machinery is expensive to acquire for every contractor, and maintaining them comes at a cost. For instance, to maintain a crane in excellent working condition, you have to source quality crane parts from Kor-Pak. Renting a crane offers contractors the flexibility to undertake different projects with ease at a cheaper cost.

Renting a crane can be a straightforward process with the necessary preparation measures in place. If you are not prepared, it may seem stressful and hectic as many people are involved, and planning goes a long way. Here are some crane rental tips to make the process headache-free for you.

Understand your project

First, you need to understand what your project entails. When you know what you specifically need on-site, you are on your way to a successful crane rental. For instance, a project that requires a crane requires a rigger too. A rigger fastens the chains, straps, and cables to execute the lift. He/she facilitates other duties also depending on the project. Having clear communication with the rigger helps you determine if you need more crew. Therefore you notify and prepare them in advance.

Compare prices

Renting a crane doesn’t come cheap. However, you can save more by comparing bids from different companies. When seeking a quotation, give the company reps lots of information regarding your project as they may have useful insights as experts on such matters.

Book early

You can’t wake up and decide you need a crane for your project. Since other people are still renting it, you need to book early to avoid inconveniences. There is always the risk of not getting the crane the specific day you wanted because of overbookings, so you need to prepare for adjustments. If you book early, you will get a better rental rate and meet your projects’ deadlines.

Notify the facility team

The facility crew has the power to make your project go as planned. They will block off the working site or parking lot to ensure no traffic delays the work. They may also know of potential issues that you may encounter during the day and provide ways of solving them.

Organize the transportation of the equipment

Organize how the equipment will get to the working station on time. You don’t want some work stalling because one contact has not arrived yet and you cant reach them. Organize the transportation so that all the equipment comes in a coordinated manner.

Permission

Look into the regulation codes of the specific location and seek permission if need be. For instance, if you need to block one side of the road, you need to notify the authorities early enough. Also, prepare the facility early enough for the project to run smoothly.

The bottom line

Remember that communication is vital. It is easy to hold someone accountable when they have all the information. Work with experts you can rely on and invest more in the preparation process.

Helen K. Black

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