Completing a self-build project can be one of the most satisfying things you achieve in your life. The vision of seeing a house rise from the earth into a habitable building is quite incredible for anybody who has experienced little in the construction industry – although at the same time it can be incredibly draining.
This guest contribution is going to look at one of the tiny parts of the process, the hiring of cranes. While most people dedicate all of their efforts into perfecting their architectural drawings or picking their bathroom suite, many forget that equipment frequently needs to be delivered to and from the site and cranes are one of the most valuable pieces. In fact, if you have decided to purchase a prefabricated design, one could argue that the sourcing of a crane will make or break your creation.
Unsurprisingly, you won’t simply be phoning up the nearest tool shop to request this piece of plant equipment. The crane industry can be complicated for the novice developer and it’s possible to hire numerous types with each one being dedicated towards a specific task. If you are struggling which one to source, take a look through the following guide which highlights the four main types and explains how and when each one should be used. If you are still bamboozled after reading this, contacting a local provider, such as Bryn Thomas Cranes, will usually put you on the right track.
For domestic projects, it’s rare for a project to utilise a hydraulic crane. They are used for only the heaviest of items although if you are working on a slightly unorthodox house that does make use of extra-long steel beams, there might be a case for hiring one. However, most of the time hydraulic cranes are reserved for major projects and are rarely seen anywhere near a self-build project.
Instead, crawler cranes are arguably the most popular type for houses. As the name suggests, they “crawl” around sites via a set of tracks, instead of the traditional wheels. They are comfortably capable of hauling around all of the standard elements of a project, although they are cumbersome and generally expensive to hire.
Carry Deck Cranes
If you’re simply looking to transport components around your site, a carry deck crane could be the best solution. They’re much smaller than the above two options, meaning that they aren’t really suitable for the erection of framed houses, but they are perfect if you need to transport materials from one area of the site to another.
Once again, you should be able to guess exactly what an all-terrain crane is about via the name. As opposed to the crawler, this type of crane does use wheels and they are designed to cope with the most treacherous of terrains.
Unlike rough terrain cranes, which aren’t even allowed on a lot of public roads due to their weight, the all-terrain version is much smaller and most definitely suitable for certain domestic sites – usually those which are on a big slope.