3 Do’s and Don’ts to Keep in Mind When Renting a Crane


Navigating the world of crane rentals can be a daunting task, especially when considering the numerous factors that can impact the success of your construction, industrial, or infrastructure projects.

In this blog post, we will explore three essential do’s and don’ts when renting a crane, focusing on the type of service, understanding the true cost of crane hire and selecting the right crane for your specific needs.

With our guidance, you’ll be well-equipped to make informed decisions and maximize the efficiency of your crane rental experience.

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DON’T: Assume a Bare Rental is the Same as an Operated and Maintained Rental

Each type of contract comes with its own responsibilities and requirements, so taking the time to understand the terms and conditions is vital for a successful rental experience. 

Let’s dive deeper into the details of these two types of services and why it’s important to grasp their differences.

Bare Rental

Renting a crane on bare rent means you are renting a crane without a crane operator.  The customer is responsible for all aspects of crane operation, from setup and assembly to daily maintenance and repairs. 

This type of arrangement requires more knowledge on the part of the customer than an operated and maintained rental, as they must be sure that they are properly operating and maintaining the equipment.

Operated and Maintained

An operated and maintained arrangement, on the other hand, is a turn-key solution that includes not only access to the crane but full setup, operation, and maintenance services as well. 

Depending on your specific needs, one agreement may be better suited than the other for a successful outcome.

DO: Ask Questions to Fully Understand What the Crane Company is Providing

This includes understanding the responsibilities of both parties, the duration of the rental period, and any potential penalties for non-compliance.

Additionally, know the services you need and the costs associated with those services. Consider fees that may be incurred for transportation, labor, additional equipment, or service and repairs. 

Consulting a crane rental specialist can help you understand what you’re signing up for.  

By fully understanding the type of rental, you can plan for the associated costs  and ensure a smooth rental experience.

3 Do's and Don'ts to Keep in Mind When Renting a Crane

DON'T: Underestimate the True Cost of Crane Hire

When estimating the cost of crane hire, consider more than just the daily rental rate.

While the cost of crane hire per day is an important factor, you also need to account for additional services, labor, or equipment required. This includes items like transportation, labor (in an operated and maintained agreement), assistance in assembling cranes or equipment, and maintenance on the crane.  These may include the expenses associated with delivering the crane to your job site, assembling it, and dismantling it once the project is complete.

Therefore, you should request a detailed quote that outlines all the costs involved in the crane hire process and so you know that the rental fits within your budget.

Taking the time to understand the true cost of crane hire can help you avoid any financial surprises.

DO: Factor In Additional Post-Rental Fees

Depending on the type of crane rental you’re seeking and the complexity of the lift requirements, additional costs may be quoted and incurred. 

In a bare rental, you’re only renting the crane (including any assembly) on its own. You may also want to include maintenance or other services from the crane rental company, based on the crane type, duration of the job, and requirements of the lift. Additional items like permits or freight may also be included in a bare rental. 

By considering all of these factors, you’ll have a more accurate understanding of the total cost of renting a crane for your project and can budget accordingly.

3 Do's and Don'ts to Keep in Mind When Renting a Crane

DON'T: Assume One Crane Fits All

Different cranes are designed for different tasks, so understanding your project’s needs will help you make the right choice and avoid potential delays or safety risks.

Maxim Crane provides advice on crane selection and usage, ensuring that clients choose the most suitable equipment for their projects.

DO: Seek Guidance to Choose the Right Crane for Your Project

When renting a crane, you want to select the one that best suits your project requirements.

To do this, you’ll need to evaluate factors such as understanding the weight of the object to lift, the height requirements to lift the object, the terrain on the job site as well as the radius of the lift. These factors will inform which crane type is recommended. 

If you want to have confidence that you’ve chosen the right crane for your project, consider consulting with the professionals at Maxim Crane to who can provide recommendations based on their industry knowledge and experience.

By seeking professional advice, you can save time and resources by securing the appropriate crane equipment for your project’s specific lifting requirements.

This will ultimately contribute to the success and efficiency of your construction, industrial, or infrastructure project.

Maxim Crane: A Trusted Provider in Crane Rental Services

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Maxim Crane offers both bare rental and operated and maintained rental options so that clients have the flexibility to find the right service that works for them, along with a comprehensive range of crane types to choose from.

Competitive pricing and flexible rental terms offered by Maxim Crane make it a cost-effective choice for projects of all sizes.

Clients can benefit from tailored solutions that cater to their unique needs, ensuring that they receive the best value for their investment in crane rental services.

Don't Leave the Success of Your Project to Chance

As you navigate the complexities of crane services, costs, and project requirements, it’s essential to have a reliable and knowledgeable partner by your side.

At Maxim Crane, we are committed to providing you with the guidance you need to make the right decisions for your project.

With our extensive range of services, competitive pricing, and commitment to safety, we are the ideal choice for all your crane hire needs.

Contact us today to discuss your project and let us help you choose the perfect crane for the job.

Disclaimer Statement:

We hope you found this article informative. Our content is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute advice or necessarily reflect the range of services Maxim Crane Works, LP provides. Readers should not act upon this information without first seeking assistance from a qualified industry professional. For crane recommendations for your specific project, consider speaking with one of our sales professionals. Although we attempt to ensure that postings on our blog are complete and accurate, we assume no responsibility for their completeness or accuracy.


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