Two tips for those who need to rent a mobile crane

If you need to rent a mobile crane for your construction project, here are two tips that you might find helpful.

Ask what's included in the price when getting quotes

When the time comes to start getting mobile crane quotes, it's important to ask each of the companies that you speak to about what is included in the price that they specify.

Not all companies will offer the exact same level of service. Some, for example, may include the price of delivering and collecting the equipment in their quote, while others may count this as a separate service and charge an additional fee for it. Some rental companies may charge extra for repairing any damage that the equipment sustains during the rental period, while others may include a free breakdown repair service in their quote.

Knowing exactly what is and is not included in the quotes you are given is important, as it will enable you to set aside some spare cash (if you decide to use a company that charges additional fees for certain services) and avoid incurring unexpected expenses later down the line.

This, in turn, will ensure that the progress of your construction project is not hindered by financial issues.

Set up a maintenance rota

Like all heavy construction equipment, mobile cranes need to undergo regular maintenance in order to remain in good condition.

If you do not take proper care of your rental equipment, there is a chance that it will either malfunction at an inopportune moment (such as halfway through a lifting operation) or simply stop working entirely. In either case, your construction project could end up grinding to a halt until the damage has been repaired.

It is essential to set up a maintenance rota and to assign specific maintenance tasks to specific people. This will enable you to hold people accountable for certain tasks which will, in turn, increase the likelihood of these tasks being done correctly and on time.

The maintenance routine should include checking the condition of the mobile crane's tyres and topping up their air pressure levels if necessary. It should also include checking and, if necessary, topping up the equipment's fluid levels (such as, for example, the hydraulic fluids, the engine oil, the brake fluid and the engine coolant), as well as a thorough inspection of the crane's metal components, during which the person performing this task should look for signs of deterioration or corrosion.

For more information about crane hire and maintenance, contact companies like Davo's Crane Hire.