How to Buy a Crane

Early Cranes

A crane is a piece of machinery that is used to lift and move things. Cranes are an essential piece of heavy machinery used frequently in manufacturing, construction and in the shipping industry. The Ancient Greeks made the world’s first cranes. They were made from wood and powered by beasts of burden, usually human slaves or donkeys. Today's cranes for sale are more likely to be made out of steel. contstruction_crane

Buying a Crane - Step One

Before you go shopping, first write down what you want your crane to do. What is the maximum weight capacity required? What is the average weight load? Think about how many loads will need to be lifted per unit time, per shift, number of shifts per day. Consider the distances that loads will be carried and how fast.

Step Two

What type of crane are you looking for? Cranes for sale may be gantry cranes, jib cranes, rough terrain cranes, truck cranes, work station cranes and crawler cranes. Crawler cranes are mounted on a set of tracks, like bulldozers and army tanks. They offer mobility and stability. Little set-up is required because they do not need outriggers. On the down side, they are very heavy and must be disassembled and transported from one site to another.

Step Three - Do your homework

The Crane Manufacturers Association of America is a good source of information about crawler cranes for sale. This is an independent trade association founded in 1955. Another useful resource is a publication called Cranes Today Magazine, the independent magazine of the crane industry.

Step Four - Survey the market

A good place to begin looking at actual crawler cranes for sale is the equipment marketplace. Here, you can get a feel for the range of equipment that is currently available on the market. You can also gather data about prices. For example, a brand new American HC275, with a load capacity of 275 tons, a 250-foot main boom, Cummins engine and two winches will set you back about $2 million. On the other hand, a 15-ton Caterpillar from 1992 with a 65-foot boom will be a tenth the price. Be sure to search for cranes at equipment auctions as well since there are many

Summary

Buying a crane is a complicated and expensive undertaking. By carefully thinking about what demands will be placed on the equipment and reading around the market, you should be in a good position to make the right purchase at the right price.

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