Cranes Direct

With everything from floor cranes suited to workshops and overhead cranes better suited for heavier lifting tasks, it can be difficult to choose between them. Dale Shaw, the Managing Director at cranes and lifting gear equipment supplier Cranes Direct, said that:

“We get a lot of customers who know that they need a crane, but they don’t know how to go about choosing the right product! We’ve put together this infographic to make that process simpler.”

To jump straight to the full 'Buyers Infographic Guide – Factors to Consider When Buying a Crane', please click here.

The weight your crane will be lifting

One of the most important factors to think about is the weight that your crane will be lifting. All cranes have both a safe working load and a working load limit, with the former being the maximum weight you should be working at, while the latter is the absolute maximum that the crane can handle. Dale explains:

“The weight of the load or loads that you’ll be lifting is perhaps your most important concern, and something you need to know fully before you set out to purchase a crane so that you avoid any damage or harm! It seems obvious to be thinking about what you’ll be using your crane for but you’d be surprised how many people only think of the immediate task at hand. It’s important to think long-term when buying a crane, as it’s likely that you’ll have multiple uses for your lifting equipment.”

Alongside this, it’s important to consider factors such as whether you’ll need to transport your crane around the worksite, or even between multiple worksites, for which something like a mobile lifting gantry will be much better suited. Following on from this, be sure you’re prepared for any surfaces that you might be using your new crane on.

“Wheels are great for moving your crane around, but if you will primarily be using it on rough or uneven terrain whilst lifting then the wheels may become a bit unsteady, this can be overcome by the use of parking jacks / levellers,” Dale continues.

There are a variety of cranes available on the market, such as Jib cranes or overhead cranes, all suited towards different environments.

What accessories will you need with your crane?

As the infographic from Cranes Direct shows, such accessories includes things like air hoists, electric chain hoists, and lever hoists. Dale recommends spending some time shopping around with these, as he says that:

“As well as planning for the above, many people don’t realise that the cranes don’t usually come with the parts to conduct the actual lifting and lowering tasks themselves, and instead use one of a number of compatible accessories. The different pieces of lifting accessories have just as many varying features and advantages as the cranes themselves.”

Handling and storing your crane safely

As well as getting the right information for choosing the perfect crane for the tasks that you need completed, it is also important that you take proper note of the relevant cranes handling and safety procedures that will keep you, your crane, and the load that you are working with safe. Dale explained that:

“There are a few laws, rules, and regulations that directly relate to the proper use and storage of cranes. As the cranes and the loads that they are lifting can weigh thousands of kilograms, it’s important that these rules are followed down to every last letter.”

The guides that have been referred to in the infographic and that are recommended by Cranes Direct are from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, which has several safety guides and Materials Handling and Storage guides available. Alongside this, all those operating within the cranes and lifting gear industry are bound by the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), and this is something that Dale says:

“You must think about each and every time you want to undertake a lifting or lowering task.”

Need more information on what is the right crane for you?

The infographic from Cranes Direct contains all of the most important information for helping you choose the right crane for you. If you have any queries that you need help with, please contact the Cranes Direct team, who are on hand to answer any questions that you may have, so feel free to get in contact with them on 01384 7696.

Contact information

Telephone: 01384 76961


Cranes Direct

Units 16 & 17 The Wallows Industrial Estate

Brierley Hill

West Midlands



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Dale Shaw
Managing Director
Cranes Direct
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01384 76961
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