Rebuilding crane parts or replacing them?

It’s not a question that is asked too often as most businesses automatically opt to replace crane parts. There are a number of reasons though why rebuilding crane parts could be an option rather than replacing them; we investigate some of the most popular reasons in our latest blog article.

 Obsolescence/Unavailability

A major reason for rebuilding crane parts is part obsolescence and lack of availability of the part to buy to replace. With good management, the life expectancy of cranes can stretch to decades. Due to this longevity parts will inevitably wear out, sometimes the parts required will no longer be able to be bought. In these cases it makes sense to employ experts to repair the part to its original specification to get the crane working ASAP. In some cases experts can even improve on the original design and provide an improved part, especially where technology has advanced!

rebuilding crane parts

Cranes can be kept operational long term by the replacement of parts

 Speed

When buying a crane part sometimes there can be lengthy lead-times for part delivery especially where parts are less common and not held in dealer stock. As with many things, time = money and this is certainly true in the world of cranes. Machine downtime is costly and could result in a crane being unavailable for weeks (potentially). In cases like this it can often be much quicker to repair the part than wait for the new part to be delivered.

 Cost

Although not the first and foremost reason it is also possible to save money by rebuilding/repairing crane parts rather than replacing. Sometimes crane parts can be quite large and if only a small area of the overall part needs replacing it can be a much lower cost to repair the small area than to buy the entire part again.

 Environmental benefits

There also additional environmental benefits of rebuilding due to less waste of materials and resources. So rebuilding could actually help an organisation’s carbon footprint to improve.

 Never compromise on safety

Although repairing rather than replacing maybe attractive for reasons such as speed and quality this must never be at the cost of safety. Always ensure that the repairs will bring the parts back to their optimum performance and will not impact on safety.

 Problems with your crane – call Cranes Direct

If you have any kind of problems which need fixing with your crane, call us on 01384 76961 at Cranes Direct. We are here to help and get your cranes back and operational.

 

 Image Credit: Shari Ratliff

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