Category: Cranes

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 »

Things to Know About Timber Crane Mats

When you use heavy machinery, such as cranes, it’s important to also use mats underneath. Crane mats are designed to support both the weight and the movement of heavy machinery. Built from high-quality, durable materials like timber, crane mats are used for support and stabilization purposes. Heavy Duty Typically, timber crane mats are made of… Read more »

An Examination of Tower Cranes

If you ever visit the downtowns of big cities like Boston, Providence or Hartford, you’re apt to see tower cranes dotting the urban skyline. Tower cranes are used to move heavy items around construction sites, so of course they’re used to construct skyscrapers in cities. Tower cranes, no matter how tall or strong, all have… Read more »

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 »

How Does the Summer Heat Affect Construction Cranes?

If you took a look at the weather forecast for Boston, Massachusetts, for early July 2021, you’d notice some high temperatures in the 90s on several days. And on June 30, 2021, the temperature hit 100 degrees! The last time the city hit the triple digits was July 22, 2011, when it was 103 degrees…. 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 »

A Look at the Process of Selecting the Right Crane Rental Company

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So you need a crane. You could buy one. Or, better yet, you could rent one. That way you don’t have to pay so much money, and you don’t need to store it, fix it, etc. How can you choose the right crane rental company? Obviously, you want to work with a crane rental company… 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 »