All you Need To Know About Crane Hire

If you're feeling overwhelmed by all the crane hire jargon, then you are in the right place! We have all the information here to help you get started and understand the broad strokes of the crane hire process.

Professional experience and situational knowledge are developed over years of experience. For this reason, your best option to get started quickly is to give your preferred crane hire company a call.

But, if you are the kind of person that likes to do thier own research, or get some background understanding, read on!

In this article, we will explore:

  • Introduction
  • Types of Crane: Understanding The Variety
  • Load Details: Know Your Load
  • Working Environment: Site Assessment
  • Lift Height and reach
  • Costs and Budgeting
  • Safety, safety… SAFETY!
  • the benefits of crane hire
  • what to consider when choosing a crane hire company
  • Conclusion

Understanding the crane hire industry will allow you to more effectively communicate your needs and recieve an accurate quote. Additional site and load preparations may help avoid cost blow-outs and delays. If you need help planning or understanding crane hire, call us!


In a nut-shell, ‘crane hire’ is the process of renting a crane from a crane hire company, for a specified period of time, to complete a project.

Most often, cranes are ‘wet-hired’. This unusual industry term means that the crane comes with an accredited operator. The other option, ‘dry-hire’, hiring a crane without an operator, is much less common.

Crane hire services are used by many industries, property owners and project managers: including home renovation, construction, shipping, and mining. Wherever development is occuring, cranes are usually present. Getting a crane onto a site offers numerous benefits once set-up, such as increased efficiency and cost savings.

Types of Cranes: Understanding the Variety

There are several types of cranes available for hire, each with its unique features and capabilities. Mostly, hired cranes fall under the large umrella category of ‘mobile cranes’. Any crane that can be moved is technically a mobile crane. Mobile cranes are ideal for jobs that require a crane for only a period of time, hence are the standard option for crane hire companies.

Mobile crane types:

  • Franna cranes are compact and versatile, making them suitable for jobs that require maneuverability in tight spaces.
  • Crawler cranes are ideal for heavy lifting in rough terrain. They have a set of crawler tracks, like an excavator, instead of wheels.
  • All-terrain cranes are designed to handle rough and uneven terrain and can be used in a variety of applications due to thier high lifting capacity.
  • Truck-mounted cranes are mounted on trucks, allowing them to be easily transported longer distances at speed and set up at job sites.

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Load Details: Know Your Load

Your load’s weight and dimensions hold the key to selecting the right crane with the necessary lifting capacity.

Begin by estimating the weight of your load. Whether it’s heavy machinery, construction materials, or any other item, knowing its weight is key to a safe and efficient lift.

Additionally, measure the length, width, and height of your load, especially if it’s irregularly shaped or oversized. These dimensions affect how the crane can hoist and manoeuvre your load.

Consider how the weight is distributed across the load and consider if it has an unbalanced center of gravity. This information informs the rigger if anything needs modification. You may need additional securing or stabilisation measures to prevent the load shifting or falling.

At Can Do Cranes, our experienced team can assist you in assessing your load, providing guidance to guarantee the right crane selection and configuration. Accurate load understanding ensures a smooth, safe, and successful crane hire experience. Contact us for personalised assistance if required.

Site Assessment: The Working Environment

Powerlines are a crane operators worst nightmare! But all obstacles can be overcome. Being aware of what crane operators look for in a site assessment will help you understand the process and avoid cost blowouts. 

  • Begin by evaluating the space available. Determine if there’s enough room for the crane setup, operation, and manoeuvring the load. Space constraints may require specialised cranes or creative positioning solutions.
  • Next, assess the terrain. Is the ground level, or does it have slopes or irregularities? Different terrains may demand specific crane types, outrigger extensions, or ground stabilisation measures.
  • Identify potential obstacles in the work area. This includes buildings, trees, power lines, and other structures. Knowing these obstacles helps in planning a safe lifting path.
  • Consider access routes for the crane to reach the work area. Ensure there are no narrow passages or tight corners that could impede crane transportation.

We’re more than happy to assist you in conducting a comprehensive site assessment. Our expertise ensures that your working environment is well-prepared, minimizing challenges and promoting a smooth crane operation.

Lift Height and Reach

When planning a lifting project, understanding the required lift height and horizontal reach is vital. This section provides valuable insights for assessing and determining these critical parameters.

To start, identify the lift height needed for your project. Consider factors like building height, construction requirements, or any obstacles that may affect the lift’s vertical trajectory. 

Horizontal reach is equally important. Evaluate how far the load needs to be moved horizontally from the crane’s setup location. This factor impacts the crane’s positioning and the type of boom or jib required. Different cranes excel in various scenarios, from tight urban spaces to expansive construction sites, making it essential to match the crane’s reach capabilities with your project’s specific demands.

Our diverse crane fleet allows us to tailor our services to your unique requirements. Contact us for personalised guidance to ensure your project’s success, no matter the height or distance involved.

Costs and Budgeting: Planning for Success

When you hire a crane from us, you’ll typically encounter a single inclusive fee. This fee covers all aspects of the crane hire, including the rental itself, operator charges, transportation to the job site, setup expenses, and insurance premiums.

It’s important to note that while this fee is comprehensive, there is often a minimum charge associated with crane hire, even if your project requires minimal usage.

Understanding the inclusive fee structure simplifies your budgeting process and ensures you have a clear picture of the costs involved. At Can Do Cranes, we believe in transparency and straightforward pricing, allowing you to plan your project efficiently.

To get a detailed cost estimate tailored to your specific project requirements and to discuss any minimum charges, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you budget effectively for your crane hire needs.

Safety, Safety... SAFETY!

Safety is paramount in crane operations, and compliance with local safety regulations is non-negotiable. In this section, we emphasise the critical importance of adhering to safety standards and provide insights into how our teams ensure a secure lifting process.

Why It Matters: Local safety regulations governing crane operations are in place to protect lives, property, and the environment. Non-compliance can lead to accidents, injuries, and legal repercussions. Here’s the breakdown on prioritising safety:

  1. Regulatory Compliance: Our teams rigorously adhere to all local safety regulations and standards. Our operations are fully compliant, ensuring a safe and legally sound crane hire process.
  2. Operator Training: Crane operators are extensively trained and certified to operate cranes safely and efficiently. Ongoing training and development programs keep them up-to-date with the latest industry practices and equipment.
  3. Equipment Maintenance: Regular inspections and maintenance checks to the highest industry standards guarantee the reliability and safety of our equipment.
  4. Safety Protocols: All reputable crane hire companies must establish comprehensive safety protocols for all phases of crane operations. From setup to load handling and disassembly, these procedures prioritise safety at every step.
  5. Risk Assessment: Every project requires a thorough risk assessment, to identify potential hazards and develop mitigation strategies. This proactive approach ensures a safer working environment.

By choosing Can Do Cranes, you’re selecting a partner committed to safety excellence. Strict adherence to local safety regulations and dedication to continuous improvement guarantee a secure lifting process for your project. Contact us to learn more about our safety practices and how we can support your safe and successful crane hire experience.

The Benefits of Crane Hire

When it comes to construction, efficiency, safety, and cost-effectiveness are paramount. That’s where crane hire services come into play, offering an array of benefits that can significantly elevate your construction project.

  1. Enhanced Efficiency: Cranes excel at heavy lifting, significantly reducing manual labor and expediting construction projects. This efficiency often leads to faster project completion.

  2. Cost Savings: Crane hire eliminates the substantial upfront costs associated with crane ownership, including maintenance, storage, and transportation expenses. You pay only for crane use when needed.

  3. Safety: Cranes are engineered for secure heavy lifting, minimizing the risk of accidents and injuries that can occur with manual lifting methods. Skilled crane operators further enhance on-site safety.

  4. Versatility: Various crane types are available, each suited to specific construction tasks. Whether it’s lifting steel beams, concrete blocks, or machinery, there’s a crane that matches your needs.

  5. Increased Productivity: Cranes offer precise material handling, reducing errors and rework. This precision enhances overall project productivity and quality.

  6. Access to Expertise: Crane hire companies provide trained and certified operators with expertise in crane operation and safety. Their knowledge ensures smooth and secure lifting operations.

  7. Flexibility: Renting cranes as needed allows you to scale crane usage according to project requirements. This flexibility is especially beneficial for projects with varying lifting demands.

These key benefits collectively streamline construction processes, optimise resource allocation, and contribute to successful project outcomes.

What To Consider When Choosing A Crane Hire Company

Choosing the ideal crane hire company is a pivotal decision in ensuring the success and safety of your project. To make a well-informed choice, consider the following key factors:

  1. Reputation and Experience: Investigate the company’s reputation within the industry. A crane hire company with a proven track record of reliable and safe services is a strong indicator of their capabilities. Seek recommendations and read reviews to gauge their reputation among past clients.

  2. Compliance with Safety Regulations: Verify that the crane hire company strictly adheres to safety regulations and industry standards. Safety should be a non-negotiable priority, and compliance ensures that the company operates within the law and follows best practices.

  3. Equipment Fleet: Assess the company’s crane fleet. It should feature a diverse range of crane types and sizes to accommodate various project needs. A well-maintained and up-to-date fleet is indicative of a company’s commitment to service excellence.

  4. Availability and Flexibility: Consider the company’s availability and flexibility. A reputable crane hire company should accommodate your needs, even if they change during the project. Their ability to provide crane services when required is crucial for project efficiency.

  5. Insurance Coverage: Inquire about the company’s insurance coverage. Adequate insurance protects you from potential risks and liabilities associated with crane operations. Ensure they have comprehensive coverage in place.

  6. Operator Expertise: Skilled crane operators are vital for safe and efficient lifting operations. Check the qualifications and experience of the company’s crane operators. Certification and ongoing training programs are positive indicators of operator competence.

  7. Maintenance and Service: Understand the company’s approach to crane maintenance and service. Well-maintained equipment ensures reliability and safety. Inquire about their maintenance protocols and response times for service requests.

  8. Customer Support: Evaluate the level of customer support the company offers. Clear communication, responsive assistance, and a willingness to address your concerns are essential for a smooth working relationship.

By considering these factors, you can confidently choose a crane hire company that aligns with your project’s requirements, ensuring a safe, efficient, and successful lifting operation.


Navigating the world of crane hire can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to it. We’ve provided a comprehensive guide to help you understand the essentials of crane hire, making your journey smoother and more informed.

Seeking Professional Assistance: While knowledge is invaluable, professional experience and expertise often come with years of practice. If you’re looking to kickstart your project swiftly, your best bet is to reach out to your preferred crane hire company for expert guidance.

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