Mobile Crane

The Different Types of Mobile Cranes

Cranes were invented in the time of the Greeks, by 500 B.C.E. Of course, mechanical leverage had been used long before. But this was when crane, as a formal device, came to be born.

At first, the crane was a stationary block and tackle. By the time of the Renaissance, cranes had transformed the world of man. Churches and cathedrals, monuments, and castles would be impossible without the crane.

Today, it's much the same. Cranes give life to our cities and countries.

Are you looking for a mobile crane but not sure which one suits your needs? You've come to the right place to find your rig.


The Many Faces of Cranes

Fixed cranes, like tower cranes on skyscrapers, seem to get all the attention. But the mobile cranes are the versatile workhorse of the crane world.

How so? Mobile cranes take products from one place to another on a worksite.

Or you only need a crane for a day or a week and don't need to take the time to set up a more permanent crane system.

There are so many options for renting mobile cranes, so let's take a look.


Carry Deck Crane

For a small confined space to work in, similar to a sedan or small SUV, a carry deck crane is a great option for small loads. These vehicles are can rotate 360 degrees and their small size makes them very mobile.

If you have an airport or chemical processing plant or just don't have a lot of space these are a great solution. Made primarily for moving and unloading materials on job sites.


Crawler Crane

A crawler crane is called such because it uses tracks like a tank or a backhoe, instead of wheels. The major difference is that these are usually made of rubber. It makes them less mobile, but the tradeoff is getting more stability on soft ground and earth.

Telescoping arms make it a variable and versatile crane for your worksite.


Rough Terrain Crane

Rough terrain cranes are wonderful cranes if you have to deal with hills, mounds, and dunes of a job site. Usually used for taking a load from one part of a job site to another over, you guessed it, rough terrain.

They're often outfitted with outriggers and telescopic booms. They have large rubber tires and often have a four-wheel-drive system.


Truck-mounted Crane

A truck-mounted crane is similar to a side-loading crane on a truck. They're often used for loading or unloading the delivery truck. They have a bonus of traveling easily on most roads a semi can usually go without any special considerations.

These are used very effectively with assisting in bridge building, maintenance, and inspection. Many different versions of this kind of crane exist, so surely you can find something to suit your needs.


Telescopic Handler

A telescopic handler is often fitted with forks and used for loading and unloading trucks in an outdoor warehousing site. That means that often bricks or framing trusses.

This kind of crane is a hybrid between forklift and crane, as it has an extendable telescoping boom. They can also be driven 360 degrees, although they don't often have four-wheel-drive systems like a rough terrain crane would have.


Floating Crane

Floatings cranes are exactly as they sound, as they're mounted on a floating ferry or boat. Generally, they're just a crane at sea. But sometimes with extending arms or things, it makes dock building, oil rig projects, and port work much easier.

They come in different versions, with semi-submersible or sheerleg styles for example.


Mobile Cranes: Pulling Away

This is a brief overview of mobile cranes, but large enough you get the idea. There is a crane solution for every problem.

Whether a fixed or mobile crane, they move our world and help to build our buildings and houses. We have a large selection of cranes to choose from at MN Truck & Crane Service Ltd.

Call today if you need a crane in Calgary, and we can help you with your selection!