If you're involved in the construction industry, chances are good that you will, at some point, work on a job when using a crane might be ideal. In fact, it might be a good idea to consider renting a crane for your next project. These are a few signs that a crane rental would be better than purchasing one.
1. You Don't Have the Right Crane in Your Company's Fleet
If you have been involved in the construction industry for a long time and if you work with cranes regularly, you might have already invested in one or more cranes for your business. Of course, when possible, you probably try to use the cranes that you already have to get the job done.
However, there might be some situations where this is not possible or ideal. After all, you are probably limited when it comes to the number of cranes that your business can afford to purchase, store, maintain and insure.
For example, if you own a tower crane but are going to be working in an area with rough terrain, you could be concerned about using your tower crane. After all, moving a tower crane to an area with rough terrain can be challenging. Plus, since they're designed to be stationary, it can be a big hassle to move tower cranes around when working. Renting a rough terrain crane can be a good idea in this situation.
2. You're Tackling an Industrial Project for the First Time
If you typically work on more standard residential and commercial projects but have a big industrial project lined up, you could be looking forward to the challenge. However, you might not be used to working with large-scale equipment on a daily basis, and you might not have all of the equipment that you need. This does not mean that you need to turn down a project, however.
Instead, consider renting a crane that is suited for the job. Along with renting a crane that will be large enough to tackle the project, you can also generally request to have someone from the crane rental company come out and handle the operation. Then, you can get experience in working on jobs that might be bigger than what you are used to, but you can have some help along the way.
3. Your Current Crane Is Out of Commission
Even if you have the right crane for the job, you might have found that your project has stalled because your crane is out of commission. Because of their sheer size, it can take quite a bit of time to get repairs done on a large crane. This means that your crane could be out of commission for days or longer, which can cause you to miss deadlines and can result in you having to rush later.
You don't have to wait until your crane is back in good working order in order to tackle your project. Instead, consider renting a crane. Then, you will have a crane that you can use for now, and you can focus on having your crane repaired in the meantime so that it will be ready for future projects. This can help you prevent your company from getting behind.
As you can see, there are various scenarios in which it could be a good idea for you and your business to rent a crane. If this is something that you are interested in, contact usat General Steel Crane & Rigging General Steel Contractors, Inc. so that we can tell you more about our fleet of cranes and our crane rental process.