All Terrain Cranes
An All Terrain Crane is a mobile crane with the necessary equipment to travel at speed on public roads and on rough terrain at the job site by using all-wheel and crab steering. AT‘s combine the road ability of Truck-mounted Cranes and the maneuverability of Rough Terrain Cranes.
Truck Mounted Cranes
A crane mounted on a truck carrier provides increased mobility, eliminating the need for special equipment to transport the crane unless weight or other size constrictions are in place. This crane has two parts: the carrier, often referred to as the Lower, and the lifting component which includes the boom, referred to as the Upper. These are mated together through a turntable, allowing the upper to swing 360 degrees. These modern hydraulic truck cranes can be single-engine or double-engine machines.
A boom truck is the holy grail of construction work. It’s significant because it performs three separate functions, using three essential pieces of equipment to create a must have on any construction site.
- The first aspect of a boom truck is a hydraulic crane, which allows workers to lift heavy and sometimes unconventionally shaped items.
- A flatbed provides the second aspect of the boom truck, and space for items to be transported to and from different areas of a site.
- Finally, the third feature is a personnel hoist that lifts workers in the air, allowing them to reach and inspect a building site from different angles of construction.
Rough Terrain Cranes
As the name implies, these cranes are used for pick and carry operations off-road and on rough terrains. A rough terrain crane is built similar to a crawler crane, but instead of tracks, the undercarriage is outfitted with four large rubber tires that are typically equipped with four-wheel drive. Rough terrain cranes are also fitted with telescopic booms and outriggers to improve stability and make mobility much more manageable in tight and rough areas.
A special type of mobile crane fitted with caterpillar tracks, the crawler crane can be used on soft and boggy ground where wheeled vehicles would be unable to operate.
This crane is generally very stable because its broad base and tracking spreads the weight over a wide area.
These sturdy machines are useful on construction sites during the initial phase of building projects where their ability to move heavy loads over areas of soft soil is a particular asset.
Carry Deck Cranes
Carry deck cranes are a relatively new type of crane that evolved from the older pick and carry model that was first introduced in the 1980s. They’re small, four-wheeled, can rotate a full 360 degrees, and are more portable than other types of cranes. Carry deck cranes are simple to set up, and their small size easily allows them to navigate around confined and open spaces, making them a staple on many job sites.
A Spyder Crane brand mini crane is designed and built for working in low access confined areas either indoors or outdoors. It is mounted on a dual track chassis with “spider-type” legs for its outriggers. Spyder Crane mini cranes are revolutionizing many industries by offering a flexible and versatile crane that is strong enough to lift up to 6.6 tons and can be used where conventional lifting equipment, or truck mounted crane, will not have access due to its size.
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