Any construction firm knows that cranes are essential components of the success of building projects.
As a diverse group of machines, cranes are responsible for a variety of tasks on a construction site. Their widespread applications include lifting heavy building materials, continuously shifting bulk materials horizontally, and transporting heavy equipment.
Ownership of cranes is an important part of any construction business. Acquiring a quality crane enables you to further grow your business.
But cranes are some of the most expensive pieces of construction equipment your business can own, particularly during today’s economic uncertainty. If you’re looking to buy a crane, consider buying a used crane. A used crane can be a viable option towards crane ownership.
If you’re in the market to buy a crane, consider the following tips below. These important tips will help you navigate the occasionally difficult used equipment market.
1. Set a reasonable budget
Determining your budget is the first consideration to make when buying a used crane.
With many crane models available on the used equipment market, prices will vary accordingly. As buying a crane, even used, is a costly investment, setting a budget will allow you to avoid potential safety and reliability issues.
Formulating a reasonable budget will allow you to determine how much you can spend on crane equipment. This helps narrow down the search, expedite the process, and allow you to work with the right suppliers who have the inventory that reflects your budget.
2. Determine the right crane model
Cranes are huge investments. And with so many crane models available for purchase, you’ll want to think about the type of jobs the crane will be used for and its working environment. Your crane purchase must be able to meet present and future business needs.
From the start, it’s important that the used crane you buy matches business objectives. Defining how the crane will be utilized will inform your decision-making process.
3. Equipment history
As you’re dealing with the sale and purchase of used equipment, you’ll want to consider the crane’s history before purchase. Confirm with the supplier the crane’s volume of work and whether the previous owner has any reports of accidents or equipment damage.
When enquiring about its equipment history, do not overlook environmental conditions. The geographical locations where the crane was used can have a significant impact on the crane’s usability and longevity.
When buying a used crane, be sure to ask about inspection and repair records and documentation proving the crane is OSHA compliant.
4. Maintenance requirements
Like any other heavy-duty construction equipment, cranes will be required to undergo maintenance and repairs at regular intervals. In time, they may also need replacement parts.
Before purchasing a used crane, confirm that your business has the capacity to service any crane you purchase. You may need to consider hiring specialized operators to operate and carry out maintenance tasks on your used crane purchase.
How accessible spare parts are must also be part of your decision-making process.
5. Focus on safety
Due to the inherent nature and the hazardous environment of a job site, crane safety is paramount.
Understanding potential safety issues should be an important consideration to keep in mind. Not enforcing strict rules regarding crane safety and operation can result in serious injuries and potential fatalities.
Before adding a crane to your fleet, take some extra time to research the safety requirements of crane ownership. Creating a crane safety checklist ensures a systematic process is in place to manage the risks associated with cranes.
When it comes to operating cranes, everyone in the workplace has a duty to ensure safe operations are carried out when cranes are concerned. Confirm that anyone using the crane is certified and that safety equipment is worn at all times.
Invest in your future
As your business continues to set its sights higher, it will need to have a complete set of equipment to get the job done right. When your construction business is ready to purchase a crane, consider the benefits of buying from the used equipment market.
Owning a used crane adds productivity and control to your business. As a new crane can be a considerable investment for any building company, buying used can ensure the same job is carried out at a more economical price tag.
Hermann Buchberger is the Founder and CEO of Active Crane Hire (ACH). He’s taken the company from start-up to Industry Leader offering the largest fleet of construction cranes in Australia. ACH launched a new type of crane previously unheard of in the Australian market: electric tower cranes. The company’s infrastructure and associated services now comprise a fleet of trucks and trailers, a crane-rigging team, mobile crane technicians, a fleet of service vehicles, and an extensive range of crane spare parts.