Are you in charge of a construction project? If so, the chances are you’ll need a crane to take care of the heavy lifting.
These machines are specifically designed to lift, move, and lower large, cumbersome loads quickly and safely. Although they are indispensable for various industries, buying a new crane can set you back several thousand pounds – and let’s not forget about the costs to store and maintain it!
It’s for this reason that project managers opt for crane hire instead.
Choosing who to hire a crane from can be easier said than done – especially if you’ve never hired one before. But this article contains some handy advice to help, including what questions you should ask before you sign any contracts.
1. How much experience do you have?
Don’t be afraid to ask how much experience the crane hire company has before you agree to work with them.
Whilst we all love to support start-up companies, when it comes to renting heavy lifting equipment, you want to be confident that they have experience and skill in abundance.
2. Do you have the right lifting equipment for my requirements?
After finding out how much experience the company has to offer, you then need to figure out what type of crane you need.
Will it be a city crane, heavy-duty crane, or telescopic crane? Perhaps a mobile tower crane would be more beneficial, or even a self-erecting model?
Knowing which to pick can be tricky – but any reputable crane hire company will talk you through the different options they have within their fleet and advise you on the most suitable one for your project requirements.
3. Are your operators fully trained?
Hiring a crane for the first time can be daunting. After all, if something isn’t executed correctly, it could jeopardise your project, those operating the equipment, and anyone else on site.
To guarantee health and safety compliance, you need to confirm that all crane operators are fully trained and qualified to use the equipment.
4. Do you provide insurance?
Most crane hire companies offer CPA (Construction Plant Hire Association) crane hire in which you just rent out the equipment. This option is best suited to those who have previous crane hire experience and a team of professionals to organise the lift.
A CPA contract lifting service, on the other hand, leaves nothing to chance. The crane hire company will take care of every aspect – including insurance cover.
But no matter which type of hire you choose, there’s no harm in double-checking to see what’s included in the price and what’s not.
5. What are your rates for crane hire?
As we’ve already established, hiring a crane is considerably cheaper than buying one outright – but you still need to check how much it costs to rent equipment to ensure you receive maximum value for money.
Make sure you shop around and ask different companies for quotes so you can compare them. And don’t feel pressurised into making a decision on the spot. Take as long as you need to mull things over.
Most reliable firms will work closely with you to provide a solution that suits both your project requirements and budget.
6. Where are you based?
When hiring a crane, you must do your research – and that includes finding out where the company is based and what areas they cover.
Ideally, you want to hire a crane from a provider that’s local to your construction site. Not only will this mean the crane doesn’t need to travel far to reach you, but it will also help to keep your costs to a minimum.
With that in mind, it’s worth hiring from a company with depots across the country – someone like Bryn Thomas Cranes who provide crane hire for clients in England and Wales.
They have a modern fleet at their disposal and can advise you on the best crane for the job. If you have any questions or queries, they will be more than happy to share their expertise. And they guarantee some of the most competitive rates around.
So, why not contact Bryn Thomas Cranes on 01352 733 984?