A Guide On Dry Hire Cranes

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Dry hire cranes those that you hire without an operator, fuel and lubricants. They are a convenient and cost-friendly way to hire cranes. Below is a guide discussing the considerations you should make when hiring dry hire cranes

Crane Operation

People who rent dry hire cranes must have a crane operator licence. Alternatively, they should have a crane operator. Typically, the crane hire company expects you to provide a licence to prove that you are qualified to operate the crane you intend to hire. There are different classes of crane operator licences in Australia. For instance, you need separate licences to operate a slewing and non-slewing mobile crane. The licences are also categorised according to the crane's lifting limits. You will also have to hire riggers to guide the operator and ensure site safety.

Crane Specifications

Your needs and site conditions will determine the kind of crane you will hire. Ideally, the crane's boom should be longer than the height at which it will hoist loads. Besides, it should be powerful enough to lift the various loads at your site. Check the crane specifications. For example, how much fuel does the crane consume? How often do you need to lubricate the crane? When working on uneven ground, rent a rough terrain crane or one that runs on tracks. 

The crane must be in excellent condition. A visual inspection and a test run will help you identify obvious defects such as a faulty braking system, oil leaks, a damaged wire rope and a defective electric system. Ask for an inspection report or service records to know any repairs that the crane might need before taking it to your site. 

Terms of Hire

You must understand the company's terms and conditions. Otherwise, you risk penalties and disputes with the hiring company. Examine the following: 

  • What services does the company offer? For example, you would need transport and installation services.
  • If you have several sites, inquire whether the company will allow you to move the crane from its current location.
  • If you are unsure about your project, check whether the company will permit you to reduce or extend the hire period.

You should also check the company's liability policy. The crane should have adequate insurance. In most cases, the hiring company will ask you to pay for repairs if your negligence made the crane defective. 

You should also assess the crane pricing. For example, how much of a deposit does the company need? When and how should you pay the remaining amount? Negotiate the terms of payment. For example, the company should reduce the daily charge when the equipment is not in use. 


22 January 2021

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