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Crane Hire

Choosing the Right Crane for the Job

Australia’s population is growing at around 1.6 per cent every year, according to World Population Review. While upticks in population growth are often viewed negatively, it certainly isn’t in an economic standpoint. Specifically, it encourages economic activity especially in industries such as construction. The same data shows that construction work continues to rise by 2 per cent quarterly, and that’s a good sign for any construction firm, large or small.

If you’re looking for a lucrative investment option perhaps consider going construction, and if you’ve been in the construction industry for a while and are ready to contract for bigger projects, you may need to consider investing in machinery, particularly cranes. Bigger projects come with bigger lifting requirements, which you can only meet efficiently using a specialised crane.

How a Crane Works

When you look at a crane, especially one in operation and is carrying an object that seems very heavy, you may be worried that the cable may snap under load, the boom might break, or the truck might tip over. In truth, cranes are designed to tolerate significant loads, and there’s nothing mystic about it. Every aspect of it is built on science-based principles.

The secret to a crane’s operation and capacity lies in the assembly of its 20 or so major parts. Each component is strategically installed to a spot where it can most efficiently transfer load. Then again, like any piece of equipment, it’s capacity has a limit and going beyond that can result in damage.

What are the Types of Cranes

Depending on the size of your projects as well as its location and the surrounding terrain, you may need to use any of these common types of cranes to support your lifting needs.

Mobile Crane

It’s an assembly of steel truss or telescopic boom mounted on a mobile platform. As the name suggests, this type of crane can be moved from one location to another, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it is always wheeled. Some mobile cranes sits on a rail or on a cat truck.

Franna Crane

A Franna is a ‘pick and carry’ crane which is similar to a mobile crane in that its designed to travel on public roads, and are designed to lift the load and carry it to its destination, within a small radius, then be able to drive to the next job.


Made of tubes of different diameters fitted one inside of another, this type of crane operates like a telescope, extending or retracting the tubes to achieve a desired boom length, hence the name.


Unlike a mobile crane, a tower crane is fixed to the ground, and is often used for building skyscrapers. It is normally attached to the building to keep it from swaying and tipping.

Truck Mounted

This is a type of mobile crane that uses a rubber-tire truck as its platform. Because trucks are not designed for craning, outriggers are used to level and stabilise the crane.


Also called folding boom crane, this is the closest a machine can get to a transformer. It is made up of sections that can be folded and fitted to small spaces to reduce the crane’s size so it can be parked anywhere when not in use.

For average-sized projects, the most ideal type of crane to use are the mobile cranes or Frannas. They come in different types and styles that suit a wide range of terrains. If the construction site is located in a rocky, or hilly suburb, a rough terrain mobile crane is your best bet. If it’s in the middle of the city, you need a crane that is designed to work in places with restricted movements.

Buying your own crane may take a massive toll on your revenue, especially if you’re just started on the expansion road. There are crane hire options such as Sydney crane company Metro Crane Services who can help you expand. They provide top-of-the-line cranes and other lifting equipment when you need them. They also take care of permits to have their machines transported and working on your site without worrying about paperwork and applications.