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What is a Mobile Crane?

What is a mobile crane?

Our sister company, TNT Crane and Rigging Edmonton, wrote a great summary article outlining the basics on “what is a mobile crane”. As industry experts in the crane world, we sometimes forget that the basics are lost on our customers. Like most industries, there exists a sub-culture and special language that the average person doesn’t understand. We think a good analogy to explain this is to reference the Toronto Bluejays. With the Bluejays in the playoffs (hopefully for at least a couple more games), take baseball as an example. People who have played the game understand RBI, ERA and WHIP. For those of us who didn’t, these are just acronyms that have little to no meaning.

So in an attempt to help educate and share what and how we do things, TNT is releasing a bunch of terms and terminology about cranes that are elementary but help the average construction better understand some of the elementary parts of our world. We hope you enjoy!

TNT Crane & Rigging Canada – What is a mobile crane?

Technology has advanced to the point that mobile cranes can lift and move just about anything your heart desires, in a wide range of different situations. From carefully squeezing a kitchen sink in through a skylight window, to moving a grand piano from one floor to the next, there is little a mobile crane can’t take on. As a consequence, they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and heights.

In fact, their versatility is such that it can be hard to keep track of what kind of mobile crane is required. Below, we pick apart the most common.

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Hydraulic Cranes: Run on hydraulics, oil is pushed from one cylinder to another to give this type of crane its awesome strength. Hydraulic mobile cranes are robust and reliable, so it comes as no surprise that they’re the most common. Most cranes today are hydraulic because of their safety features and smooth operation.

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All Terrain Cranes: As the name suggests, this type of crane is an all wheel drive crane that can travel on both highways and gravel roads to get the crane into position for the lift. With the new engineering advancements in crane set up, these cranes are now ideal for remote job site locations like wind farms. Compared to the heavy lifting power of a crawler crane, all terrain cranes are easier to set up and move around the job site which means they can help the installation crews get the job done quicker.

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Rough Terrain Cranes: Specially designed to operate off road, rough terrain cranes have all-wheel drive capabilities and rubber tires to help them navigate ditches and potholes in the road. With lower capacity lifting abilities, these cranes work well in situations where the lift radius and rough ground conditions don’t need high or heavy lifts. Many iron framed buildings implement the use of rough terrain cranes.

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Crawler Cranes: Working in partnership with telescopic and lattice booms, crawler cranes are self-propelled cranes on tracks. They are incredibly powerful machines that range from 90 to 1200 ton in capacity. Typically crawler cranes are used in bridge construction, concrete tilt up and wind farm installation projects.

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Carry Deck Cranes: This type of mobile crane can rotate on a full 360 degrees axis, making them perfect for operating in confined construction areas. Exactly as the name suggests, carry deck cranes have small decks where they can lift and place equipment, like barrels, onto it’s deck and relocate it to another location on the job site.

An increase in the construction of building projects in challenging places means mobile cranes are heavily leaned upon to problem solve. The demand has led to the production of super large cranes with increased capabilities, such as the 500 to crane from Leibherr, Grove or LinkBelt – a machine we frequently put to good use at Eagle West Cranes and Stampede Cranes.

With the above featuring on every construction workers’ ‘must have’ list, mobile cranes are now more important than ever.

Read the full article here.

Eagle West Crane & Rigging is a division of TNT Crane & Rigging Canada.

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