The Advantages of Renting a Boom Truck

What are boom trucks? They’re a type of craning and transport unit. Similar in design to a flatbed truck, they typically come with a rear mounted boom crane, which can lift and place various kinds of loads. Some come with things like a 20,000 ft/lb hydraulic auger. Most modern boom trucks are user-friendly, with wireless… Read more »

How Does Winter Weather Affect Construction Cranes?

Astro Crane serves New England, and Boston, Massachusetts, is one of the major cities in the region. Did you know the temperature in Boston on most January days is between 23 and 36 degrees? And that the city and region experiences essentially constant cloud cover? The average hourly wind speed in Boston in January is… Read more »

An Outline of How to Hire The Right Crane Operator For Your Next Big Job

Cranes should not be operated by amateurs. Otherwise, someone could get killed. What should you know about a crane operator before hiring one? Proper Certifications First, are they certified? The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) administers Crane Operator Certification credentials for crane operators. An operator must hold the certification for the… Read more »

Fun Facts About Crane Rigging

Rigging involves lifting and moving heavy objects. Rigging is a job done by riggers. They typically use cranes as their needed equipment to get the job done. Obviously, when lifting and moving heavy objects, safety matters. Therefore, it makes sense that riggers are trained and certified– it’s not a job just anyone, with no experience,… Read more »

Why Cranes Are Among the Most Important Industrial Tools

If you were to visit Riverworks, you’d see a lot of old, tall grain elevators from a bygone era. The owners of this industrial wasteland, however, have decided to turn the property into a post-industrial tourist destination where folks can eat at the big indoor/outdoor restaurant or play sports like hockey and roller derby… and… Read more »

Things to Know About Boom Trucks

Have you ever heard of the term “boom truck?” If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it may be difficult to imagine what a boom truck looks like and what it is used for. What is a Boom Truck? Put simply, a boom truck was designed to move and transport heavy equipment. The boom refers to… Read more »

Top Reasons to Rent a Construction Crane

If it seems like you’re always using a crane on your construction projects, it may be tempting to consider purchasing or leasing one rather than renting them all the time. However, more often than not, that turns out to not be the best of course of action for construction companies. Here’s why. Renting Cranes Saves… Read more »

What Does a Crane Operator Do for a Jobsite?

Few people are more important to a construction jobsite than a crane operator. With their knowledge and skill base, crane operators possess the abilities to handle some of the the most complex machines onsite. Here’s why they’re so important to any jobsite using cranes. Construction Crane Operators Keep Everyone Safe Crane operators undergo thorough training… Read more »