Boom Trucks Vs. Construction Cranes

There are different types of cranes. When most people think of cranes, they imagine the huge ones helping to build skyscrapers somewhere downtown in a large city like Boston, right? But there are actually plenty of different types of cranes, and they’re used for different types of jobs. For instance, there are boom trucks. These… Read more »

The Vital Role of Crane Operators

When you think of dangerous jobs, what comes to mind? Police officer, airplane pilot, deep sea fishing, miner and crane operator are just some dangerous jobs where there’s an inherent risk that someone could get injured or even killed on the job. Operating cranes, in particular, is a risky business. You want to make sure… Read more »

Historical Facts Regarding Construction Cranes

If you were to get into a time machine and travel back in time to ancient Egypt, you might witness the first known use of a crane. Some four thousand years ago, people invented a hand-operated device for lifting water called a “shaduf” (also spelled shadoof). A typical shaduf has a long, tapering, nearly horizontal… Read more »

How to Formulate a Crane Rental Strategy

Rather than buy a crane, you could rent one from a company like Astro Crane. That said, how can you formulate a crane rental strategy? Legal Requirements Keep in mind that things like legal requirements and insurance matter when renting cranes. After all, you ideally don’t want to be responsible for any damage to a… Read more »

Keep These Things in Mind When Choosing the Right Crane Rental for Your Project

  So you have an upcoming project where you’ll need to lift and move materials… it’s time to choose the right construction crane for the project. What are some tips for choosing the right crane for your project? Load Weight  There are several things to consider when choosing a crane. First and foremost, consider the… Read more »

Steps to Take to Prevent Construction Crane Accidents From Occurring

Astro Crane rents cranes to those who need and use them. That said, what are some things to think about in order to prevent construction crane accidents? Selecting the Right Construction Crane All too often, accidents happen when users use the wrong crane for the job they’re doing… so selecting the right crane for the… Read more »

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 »