Why It’s Better for Businesses to Rent Rather Than Buy

Moving heavy objects from 6 to 600 tons would require the strength of many men, but thankfully, today, there are strong cranes to do those heavy lifting jobs quickly and efficiently. The thing about cranes is this: they’re expensive to own. You’ve got to have a large and proper place to store them, you’ve got… Read more »

Hydraulic Crane Oil Filters: What’s Inside?

The fascinating thing about a complex machine is how such simple parts can work together to accomplish extraordinary tasks. Hydraulic cranes are a perfect example of this, using plain old water to lift incredibly large and heavy objects. As simple as those individual parts might be, a problem with just one of them can cause… Read more »

Crane Maintenance Tips

It has been an especially cold winter in New England, and brutal weather conditions take their toll on people as well as cranes. Astro Crane is a Massachusetts-based company known for crane services and crane rentals. With an extensive fleet of hydraulic cranes, ranging between 6 and 600 tons, Astro Crane rents cranes for projects… Read more »

Here are Four Things You Need to Be a Heavy Lift Crane Operator

As much as we love cranes, we know this: that operating one isn’t a laughing matter. Once you get behind the wheel of a heavy lift crane, you’re now responsible for a serious machine. And that isn’t something you learn how to handle overnight. If you’re interested in taking the time out to train yourself,… Read more »

How Hydraulics Work: The Basics

Hydraulics can do some pretty amazing things. Of course, one can deduce that the hydro in hydraulics has something to do with water. But most people have never even taken a moment to consider what in the world water would have to do with the gigantic cranes that hover over city skylines. Hydraulic machines are… Read more »

Does OSHA Require Warning Devices On Cranes?

Nothing symbolizes progress better than massive cranes towering over a city skyline. The bigger the crane the bigger the job must be, along with a significant investment in Boston, Worcester, Springfield, or wherever you happen to live. It makes sense that, unfortunately, larger cranes also pose more serious safety issues for the people in their… Read more »

What Are Industrial Cranes Used For In Construction?

Construction sites typically utilize industrial cranes. What are these cranes used for? There are two main reasons to employ the use of cranes at a construction site: to lift and move heavy equipment from one area of the site to another and to lift equipment and structures up into their intended final position. Today’s modern… Read more »

The Benefits of Attending a Mobile Crane Inspection Program

Astro Crane is known for renting hydraulic cranes to those who need them in New England. The cranes range from 6 to 600 tons, and, as you could imagine, they shouldn’t be operated by just anyone. It takes knowledge and skill to operate heavy machinery. Those interested in operating cranes should always be thinking of… Read more »

How To Select The Right Crane For Your Project

Before you rent a crane from Astro Crane, there are several things you can ask us to ensure you’re renting the right crane for the job. First, what’s the weight and size of the load to be lifted? Next, what’s the height of the building where the load will be placed onto? Also, how far… Read more »

Important Facts about Crane Operator Testing

In America, it’s estimated that there are about 117,000 crane operators, with about 72,000 certified to type, 15,000 certified to type and capacity, and 30,000 without certification. Ideally, every crane operator should have certification that proves they’re competent to run a crane to both type and capacity. At issue is both competency and safety. After… Read more »