How much does it cost to hire a crane?
Crane hire can vary in cost and what you pay will depend on a number of factors, including the type of crane you need, your location, the tonnage required and whether or not you need an operator and rigger. However, on average, crane hire rates range from $140 an hour to $15,000 per month. If you need to hire an operator as well, you may need to take into account the cost of this too, especially if wet hire isn’t available. Crane operator hire rates, on average, are around $70 – $100 per hour whilst certified rigger rates tend to average $70 – $90 per hour.
Can a crane be used if I have soft ground?
Most manufacturers of mobile cranes will specify that a crane should only be operated on firm and level ground. This ensures there is enough support for the crane’s outrigger pads, tyres and tracks and prevents the crane from tipping over. If you’re unsure whether your ground is suitable or not, you can check its ground-bearing pressure. This refers to the amount of pressure that can be applied to the ground from the load above without collapsing or altering its state. Measured in kPa, the calculation is simply LOAD/FORCE (kn) / AREA (m2), but speak to a member of our team for more advice.
What crane is right for me?
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing which crane is right for you. Below are some of them:
- The size and duration of your project
- The quality of the ground you’re working on
- The accessibility of your worksite
- Any structures, objects or hazards in the vicinity
- The distance from the crane to the load
- Proximity to passersby
There are also a few types of cranes available that have different purposes, so you need to bear the following in mind as well:
- Pick and carry cranes – good for big and small jobs: mining, construction, logistics, shipping and working in tight spaces.
- Crawler crane – ideal for challenging and larger jobs; heavy lifting and manoeuvring at height.
- All-terrain cranes – suitable for rougher areas of land and specialised work.
- Rough terrain cranes – good for more challenging weather conditions and the harshest terrain.
Does the crane hire include the operator?
Yes, at Shorelands Group, we only offer wet hire, which means all of our cranes come with an operator. As such, the price you pay for hiring one of our cranes also includes the hiring of the operator, so there are no surprise fees. We offer this service because we feel it’s the safest one – a specialised operator can provide peace of mind that your project will not only be done properly but with the utmost care.
If someone who doesn’t have the relevant training attempts to operate a crane, this could lead to fatal injuries and costly damage to your project, so it’s not worth the risk. Our operators will also be able to advise on access requirements and suitable loads, so you can rest assured there will be no delays.
Can you organise traffic management?
Yes, we can organise traffic management for crane hire, which is a very important step in the process. We can liaise with local authorities on your behalf and arrange for all of the required permits and traffic orders. We will also inform the authorities about any parking or bus stop suspensions that may be required. Our team has built up good working relationships with local authorities, so we are well-placed to get quick responses, ensuring the safety of everyone in the vicinity and preventing unnecessary delays to your project.