The Various Types of Industrial Cranes

The average person doesn’t have much to do with cranes; you would see a few on the streets of Perth, which are mobile and can handle most lifts, while you can’t fail to notice the huge tower cranes around the CBD. A basic form of crane was used centuries ago and when people discovered the cantilever, development began, which eventually led to the current level of technology for heavy lifting.

Here are some of the specialist cranes that support a wide range of industries.

  • Mobile Crane – We all see cranes in Perth when we are out and about and the mobile crane can handle the majority of lifts. The construction industry relies heavily on the mobile crane, mainly for loading and unloading and if you are looking for mobile crane hire, Google is your best friend.
  • Tower Crane – Used when building high rise structures, the crane’s height is extended as the building develops and there would be at least one on the top level. These have very long booms that enable all forms of heavy lifting, essential for high rise construction.
  • Overhead Container Cranes – Every port in the world uses these cranes to load and unload container ships and such is the design, the operator can reach as far as he needs to. Loading a huge container ship is a complex operation and operators are very well paid.
  • Rough Terrain Crane – A large mobile crane with seriously beefed-up tyres that can go where the mobile crane cannot, this crane works well in snow, ice and mud and is extensively used around the world.
  • Floating Crane – These would be found in a Canadian river, used mainly to grab logs out of the water and load them onto haulage trucks that take the timber to the processing plant. Used in ports, the solid platform provides the support for lifting, which is required in the mining sector.
  • Telescopic Crane – Mobile cranes typically have a hydraulically operated boom that is telescopic, allowing lifts from further distances. This type of crane has outriggers; posts that are pushed into the ground to stabilise the vehicle; at full application, the wheels are off the ground and the unit is supported by 4 or maybe 6 feet.

The mobile crane can handle most lifts and if you are planning on building a boat in your back yard, this would be able to life the vessel onto a low-loader ready for transport.


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