Maintaining New England’s Historic Infrastructure

It feels like the history of New England stretches back into biblical times. We mean there’s just so much to it. When you live in a region that was one of the first populated by the first American settlers, chances are you have a lot of older structures and towns. That being said, some of… Read more »

Don’t be Quick To Blame Cranes When Things Go Wrong

Recently a major crane collapse in Alphen aan den Rijn, a town in the western Netherlands, caused quite a stir among locals. Two cranes were being used to move a bridge section while standing on a floating platform. The cranes collapsed. While no one was injured or killed, there was horrific damage. It turns out… Read more »

Why Seeing Construction Cranes in Your Community is Good News

Astro Crane provides crane rentals and other crane services to all of New England and business is booming. New buildings get built thanks to cranes. When people see construction cranes in their community, it has a positive psychological effect on them. Cranes in the air–at work–indicate new construction, which tells people that the local economy… Read more »

Cranes: Changing Our Daily Lives

Cranes are very important when it comes to the construction of tall buildings across the world. However, their sight sometimes leaves many grumbling in frustration as their appearance reminds many of the potential horrors of construction. These negative emotions that are evoked cause many to lose sight of why cranes and other machinery are so… Read more »

The U.S. Army Has Been Using Construction Cranes

Did you ever think the day would come when a crane was painted in U.S. Army camouflage and used by the U.S. Army? Well, those days are closer than one would think. According to a recent article in Equipment World, “the U.S. Army has awarded Manitowoc Cranes a five-year, $192 million for all-terrain cranes.” The… Read more »

Are Construction Cranes Art?

If you lived in Buffalo, New York, during the past few decades then you would have been surprised when the formerly depressed city suddenly saw five cranes dot its skyline in the past two years as new buildings went up. For many young people it was the first time they’d ever seen cranes in downtown… Read more »

Tips for Checking Cranes Before Use

It’s obvious that when using large machinery, one must use extra precautions. With larger machinery, comes larger problems and dangers. It is vital that you or your co-workers check and prepare machines before usage, because one mistake could lead to a large conflict. Experienced or not, if the correct precautions are not taken, anything could… Read more »

Cranes Aid in Large Marine Salvage Endeavors

The river cruise ship “Eastern Star” sunk in the Yangtze River in China recently. It was a tragedy involving the sudden loss of hundreds of people. The shallow-draft boat overturned in what Chinese weather authorities have called a cyclone with winds up to 80 miles per hour. What happens when a ship sinks? Sometimes they… Read more »

Tips for Maintaining Construction Cranes

People need to take good care of construction cranes because they’re valuable, helpful pieces of equipment. When maintained well, they can last a long time and serve their purpose as needed. As for tips for maintaining construction cranes, you should have a maintenance checklist and use it, recording any problems you find or repairs you… Read more »

How are Construction Cranes Raised?

Modern skyscrapers exist thanks to cranes. How are construction cranes raised so they can assist in the assembly of a tall building? Good question. Have you ever assembled an artificial Christmas tree? When you do, you typically have a base, a pole, and several branches to put together to make the tree look right. You’ll… Read more »