Cranes have by far been the best invention done for a warehouse or a construction plant. They have facilitated the lifting, transporting and organizing of bulky items in the gigantic work areas with super ease.
Different types of cranes are used under different circumstances and environment. Some of the common types of cranes available in the market are Telescopic Cranes, Mobile Cranes, Truck Mounted Cranes, Loader Cranes, Jib Cranes, Overhead Cranes and much more.
A crane is a costly investment, and the choice you make has long-term effects. Buying a wrong crane for your company can have you repenting for your whole life ahead. Hence, a thorough analysis should be done for your needs and the crane options available in the market to buy an appropriate one for your warehouse or plant.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind before investing in any kind of crane –
Evaluate the Company’s Requirements and Objectives
A point to note here is that you cannot go on buying a crane or other equipment just for an immediate need. For one time use, hiring a crane on rent is a better way out.
Even when the CEOs of the company make any purchase decision, they think beyond the immediate jobs and identify – what kind of lifting tasks are there? How difficult are they? How frequently the crane will be used? Will the crane serve the needs of future expansion as well?
So, you need to identify your company’s requirements carefully and then go for making such a hefty investment.
Understand your Building and Environment
Before making any buying decision, it is important that you understand your building well. Sometimes using a crane indoors can pose natural physical limitations causing harm to your building, becoming an unwanted burden on your repair budget. So, it is important that you first measure the area of the building where the crane will be used.
Consider the overall space (height, width, and length) available for the crane. Also, look out if there are any obstructions in the building that can hamper the movement of the crane. Make sure your work area is spacious enough for its adequate working.
Understanding the environment is important too. Since the cranes can be used indoors and outdoors as well, the location can have a great impact on its terrain. The extreme temperatures also have to be considered.
Consider the Maintenance and Servicing
Taking into account the complexity of these machines, cranes actually require on-going support. They have to be sent for servicing at regular intervals and demands utmost maintenance to keep functioning efficiently. So, before making a final call, consider how difficult is to change the regular oil or greasing. In addition to this, check for the availability of its parts (if have to replaced) and try to get a guarantee from the crane supplier or manufacturer to work without stress for the next few years.
Also, keep it in mind that crane downtime can get very expensive and you would need to avoid this undesirable burden at all costs.