Getting an on-site survey and cost estimate beforehand is critical. Most crane service companies offer an initial quote free of charge, and if you forget this vital first step you can expect to be billed for the cost of transporting a crane to a site where no real work could be performed.
Here are some money-saving tips to help you prepare once you hire a crane service:
1. Place the items which need lifting in areas that will be easily accessible by the crane; this means you shouldn’t keep these items underneath powerlines, trees, or other sheltered areas. This step alone will save the crane operator a lot of time.
2. Arrange adequate parking and setup space for the crane before it arrives, so that the crane’s setup time will be faster. Keep in mind that a standard boom truck requires an area of around 26 feet wide and 36 feet long.
3. Develop an efficient lifting sequence when you need to move multiple loads with the crane, so you can quickly direct the crane operator and minimize crane idling times. If you leave it up to a crane operator to decide the lifting sequence, the job may take longer since they will first have to assess your on-site needs.
4. When you only need to move one large item, it helps to lift it slightly onto blocks so that the crane rigging can be more quickly and easily attached to the object.
5. Remember that the crane service setup and tear down can sometimes require more time than the actual job of lifting your item; you can minimize the time greatly by remaining on hand to assist the operator during the initial setup and helping them tear down when it’s over.