If you need a lifting machine for handling various materials on short distances, then consider getting a jib crane. As the name suggests, this machine uses a jib or a boom to lift and move materials from one place to another. The jib cranes are most commonly used in construction sites and industrial or manufacturing facilities. A jib crane can either be fixed to a floor-mounted pillar or on a wall, depending on the free space. The entire jib crane is consisted of a horizontal jib and a moveable hoist for lifting different loads. Even though smaller in size than other crane models, the jib crane is one of the most powerful and all-purpose cranes available on the market these days.
The first challenge to resolve when considering about hiring a mobile crane is the form of hire that is needed. Crane rental is available in two different forms and which one you decide on depends on whether you have the insurance and know-how in place to meet present legislation. The two different ways of hiring a mobile crane are hired crane and contract lift.
Hiring crane is where the company is responsible for the insurance and the planning of the lift. The crane hire business must provide a safe, suitable crane along with a completely qualified driver. Contract lift is when the mobile crane operator is responsible for every element of the lift for example getting appropriate insurance, planning and providing appropriate workers and crane. Continue reading
Australia is commonly regarded as the home of pick and carry cranes and the company Franna takes a lot of credit for that. The first original design of pick & carry cranes has been born during the WWII and these cranes were widely used for handling stores. Today, one of the most popular Australian manufacturers of pick and carry cranes is Franna. Although Franna was just an unknown name when introduced the remarkable design of the first Franna crane, the company has managed to become one of the most reliable manufacturers of pick & carry cranes by inventing the right crane in the right time.
In 1980, the director of Franna, Dave Francis, has introduced an incredible model of pick and carry crane. In the first few years, the annual sales of this Franna crane were not as close as expected, a little above a hundred of units per year. The first Franna crane had a lifting capacity of 8 tonnes, but soon it was increased to 10 and 12 tonnes. At the same time of the 12-tonnes-upgrade of the original model, a higher-capacity Franna crane was introduced with capacity of 16 tonnes. This 16-tonnes Franna crane was known as lower specification and high-speed model. However, in the early 2000s, there were more than few Franna crane models and the sales have started to increase. Continue reading
Nuclear plants, power stations, oil, gas and many other projects require heavy lifting on site, which has increased the need of powerful cranes that are able to work in such tough environments. With the increased demand of construction projects in the recent years, it is expected the demand of heavy lifts cranes to increase even more.
As a result of the world-wide growth of projects that require heavy lifts, the cranes market is experiencing a strong improvement of sales when compared with the sales from the previous years. Another improvement has been made in the rental period and now, the companies are renting cranes for longer periods of about 2-3 years. But as mentioned, those projects require the cranes to operate in very tough conditions, within tighter safety restrictions, on more challenging job sites and more demanding operations. So, yet another increase of sales has been recorded and it is the sales of crawler crane. Continue reading
Although small and compact, the mini crane has the power and the capacity to complete different kinds of lifting tasks. In my opinion, this small machine can do everything what the big cranes can. But like any other construction machine, safe operation is crucial for achieving the desired results.
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