Crane Calgary

What You Need to Be Aware of While Choosing a Crane?

Hiring a crane for a construction site is not as cut and dry as you might think.

There are important factors to take into account when deciding precisely what kind of crane you'll need to get the job done. The risks involved in heavy lifting are high, and the decision needs to be made confidently.

Here are our tips to take into account when weighing your crane leasing options.


Ground Conditions

You must assess the terrain that your crane will be operating on before choosing which one to hire.

This must include all ground conditions that the crane will need to be used upon.

Think of the access path to your site. Your crane will require the capacity to travel across this terrain and then be able to handle the ground conditions once on site.

When looking into the equipment lease, take into account the maximum axe load that the ground conditions can withstand. To cover all bases, crawler cranes, or specially-designed cranes for rough ground, are the best all-purpose condition machines.



Calculating the crane's lifting capacity can be done by combining the weight of the load that needs lifting and the required reach of the required crane.

This will help determine the size of crane you will need to rent.

If the load requires swinging further out than the crane itself, you'll need to look at bigger options.



As mentioned above, access must be taken into account.

This is obviously crucial, as the crane and other equipment must be able to get to the site.

If access is tricky to your site, the best crane options would be rough terrain cranes or boom trucks. The access route will still need to be assessed, in terms of height and width of course.

If you feel you require a larger machine, such as a hydraulic boom crane or an all-terrain crane, you may need to remove part of the roof on your site. This means that the larger crane can operate from outside.


Lifting Height

If your crane is required to lift items high up in the air, you must always look to lease a crane that is specifically intended for this.

Cranes specializing in this skill will only be appropriate - as these lifts need to be carefully planned, expertly operated and special permissions granted. All-terrain cranes will be best suited for this.


Crane Types

The main types of crane to choose from are as follows:

  • All-terrain cranes
  • Rough terrain cranes
  • Crawler cranes
  • Boom trucks [with decks and trailers]
  • Hydraulic boom cranes
  • Carry deck cranes
  • Tractor-trailers


Hiring a Crane

Our company provide service for industrial, commercial, and residential construction in Calgary and the surrounding areas.

Our crane capacity ranges from 8.5 tons to 90 tons. We can reach a height of 202 feet.

Contact us today for a free rental estimate and to ask any questions you may have.