Category: Miscellaneous

The Different Roles on a Crane Jobsite

When you rent a crane from Astro Crane, there are several crane operation jobs involved at most construction sites. What are some of those jobs and/or roles? Crane Operator A crane operator drives and operates the crane. Before (and after) work, they will also inspect the crane to make sure everything looks good, and they… 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 »

What Should You Look For in a Crane Rental Company?

Are you thinking about obtaining a crane for your next construction project? If so, buying one is almost certainly out of the question thanks to cost. Even if you decide to go with a used crane, you’re going to have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for it in most cases. As such, you’re… 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

Crane Operator

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 »

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 »

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 »

Here Are The Benefits of Partnering With a Crane Rental Company

Why work with a crane rental company? When you rent a crane you don’t have to buy it. Obviously, this saves you a lot of money. Why buy an expensive crane that could cost up to $3 million that you only need for a few days out of the year when you can rent it… Read more »

Why Cranes Are Among the Most Important Industrial Tools

Construction Crane Facts

If you were to visit Riverworks, you’d see a lot of old, tall grain elevators from a bygone era. The owners of this industrial wasteland, however, have decided to turn the property into a post-industrial tourist destination where folks can eat at the big indoor/outdoor restaurant or play sports like hockey and roller derby… and… Read more »