Category: Cranes

How to Maintain Construction Cranes in the Summer Heat

It’s summertime and you know what that means: sunny days and hot temperatures, even in places like Boston, Providence and Hartford. Hot weather isn’t just for Florida! If you’re using or renting a crane in the summer, how can you best take care of it? Cranes Need Shade Too Ideally, when it’s sunny and hot… Read more »

The Types of Engines Used in Tower Cranes

If you see a construction site in a city, you’ll likely see a tower crane there, too. These giant, tall towers rise hundreds of feet in the air, dotting many city skylines. They can lift heavy loads to extreme heights. Since they’re pretty expensive to own, many construction companies look to rent them instead– using… Read more »

How a Crane Operator Will Help You With Your Next Construction Project

Are you a practical person who likes to drive and the thought of driving heavy machinery doesn’t intimidate you? Then you might be a good crane operator. Some people who work as laborers on construction sites may end up deciding to further their skills (and career) by training to be a crane operator. It’s not… Read more »

What Are the Advantages of Hydraulic Cranes?

Hydraulic cranes do the heavy lifting needed to move objects up and over to where they need to go! Industrial settings and construction sites often use hydraulic cranes to accomplish their tasks. Cranes move things like shipping containers, metal frames, concrete, steel beams and more. Thanks to their ability to lift very heavy objects, hydraulic… Read more »

Static Vs Mobile Cranes

There are a lot of different types of cranes, including two main categories– static and mobile ones. Static cranes work in place and typically aren’t moved around a job site, while mobile cranes can be more easily moved. Mobile cranes usually have a telescopic boom and are cable-controlled, which makes for a quick setup. Of… Read more »

Crane Purchases Versus Crane Rentals

Okay, you have a job to do and you need a crane to do it. Do you rent a crane or buy one? What are some of the pros and cons? Well, you’ve come to a good place to find out… Construction Crane Rentals If you’re thinking of renting a crane, there are several “pros.”… Read more »

Here’s Why a Construction Crane Fails

If and when a crane fails, there can be injuries, loss of life, and high damage costs. Meanwhile, there’s also time lost “on the job” while the crane is taken out of service and repaired or replaced with another one. Oh, and the incident needs to be investigated, too. In the world of construction, where… Read more »

How to Find the Right Crane Rental

Are you thinking about renting a crane? What are some questions you should ask when renting cranes? There are different types of cranes that can handle different functions on job sites. Think about what you’d need a crane to do– would it be to lift and install heavy mechanical equipment, for example? Or perhaps you’re… Read more »

The Evolution of the Tower Crane

Tower cranes are responsible for some of the world’s biggest and tallest skyscrapers. After all, you can’t build things that tall without some help! Before the 1900s, cranes weren’t ubiquitous like they are now. In fact, in the 1800s for example, rudimentary tower cranes were lifting tools featuring a boom attached to a rotating base… Read more »

Here’s How You Use Crane Rentals Safely in Frigid Temperatures

Did you know the average high temperature in Boston, MA, in January is 37 degrees? Nearby Hartford, CT, is 36 degrees, and Providence, RI, is 37… in other words– it’s cold in winter in New England. Astro Crane rents cranes that are used in a variety of situations all over New England, at different times… Read more »