Have you ever seen an enormous skyscraper constructed from the ground up? Have you ever wondered how contractors build such tall, massive buildings?
The fact is tall buildings require even taller cranes, often called tower cranes. These behemoths must be installed in sections in a process that takes several days – sometimes weeks – to complete.
Fortunately, this recent video posted by Chicagoist allows you to see the whole process in just a matter of minutes. This timelapse shows a new tower crane being erected in downtown Chicago by construction crews across several days, making the process look effortless – even though we all know it wasn’t!
As you can see in the video, cranes make the building process easier, safer and more efficient, and are vital to completing this massive project. From large cranes to small cranes, there are all different types and sizes for all different kinds of jobs. Tower cranes can lift hundreds of thousands of pounds due to their massive size, an equally vital need when building new skyscrapers that can be dozens of stories in height.
Small cranes are easier to control, transport and operate. They’re used for residential, commercial and industrial projects, such as moving and lifting large or bulky materials on commercial projects like malls and offices, indoor lifting jobs, new construction and so much more. The set up process for smaller cranes is less time-consuming compared to larger cranes, and the noise level is at all-time low. Overall, smaller cranes are beneficial for numerous jobs; they make the job site safer and quieter and they help to get the job done in a timely manner.
That’s not to say we don’t have large cranes. Our largest crane – the 600-ton Liebherr hydraulic crane – is the largest of its type in New England, but even it is dwarfed by the enormity of a tower crane.
Whether you need a small crane for some light lifts on a residential project or small job or a massive lift for heavy operations, AstroCrane can help. Our rental cranes are available in a range of sizes to suit any project – plus we have trained operators available to help on-site. To learn more, call us today at 978-429-8666.