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How to Choose the Right Size Crawler Crane

Mobile Cranes | Mar 28 / 24

The efficiency, safety, and cost-effectiveness of every lifting project starts with selecting the right type and size of crawler crane. Eagle West Crane & Rigging, a leading provider of comprehensive crane rental services in British Columbia, is dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of crane selection. That is why we have put together some information outlining how to choose the right size crawler crane rental for your specific lifting project.

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1. Understand the Load Requirements

The first step in selecting the right size crawler crane is to thoroughly understand the load requirements of your project. This includes not only the weight of the items you plan to lift but also their dimensions and the distance they need to be moved. Consider the maximum load to ensure the crane can handle the weight safely. It is also crucial to factor in any potential future needs that may require lifting heavier loads.

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2. Consider the Job Site Terrain

Crawler cranes are known for their stability and ability to navigate difficult terrain; however, the job site’s terrain plays a significant role in determining the type of crane needed. Soft, muddy, or uneven grounds may require a crane with wider tracks or one that is specifically designed for rough terrain. Assessing the site conditions thoroughly to choose a crane that can operate safely and efficiently in your specific environment.

3. Evaluate the Lift Height and Radius

The height and radius at which the crane will operate are critical factors in choosing the right size. A larger crane may be necessary to reach higher elevations or to extend farther from its base. We recommend considering the highest lift point and the furthest radius to ensure the selected crane can meet these requirements without compromising safety or performance.

4. Account for Transportation and Setup Space

The logistics of transporting and setting up the crawler crane should not be overlooked. Larger cranes may require special transportation permits and additional setup time, which can affect your project timeline and budget. We suggest evaluating the accessibility of your job site and the space available for crane setup to determine the most suitable crane size.

Since our team members have extensive knowledge of crawler cranes and are experts in managing and supporting a variety of lifting projects, you can rely on us to help with anything you need to get the job done right. We will help you with crawler crane selection, the rental process, and getting the most accurate quote. Simply request an estimate through our website form and we will get in touch.