Essential Tips When Working with Cranes

Cranes are complicated pieces of machinery, not helped by the fact that there are hundreds of combinations of cranes and cranes accessories that you can have; all suited to a slightly different function. However, there are some essential tips that generally remain the same for every type of crane on the market, regardless of its size. While some cranes will require a slightly different set of practices, if you follow the essential tips for working with cranes laid out in this guide, you should have no problems operating your essential piece of machinery.

Servicing and maintenance tips when working with cranes

To ensure that your crane remains in a good working order, it is important to carry out routine servicing and maintenance on it.  Cranes, like any piece of equipment that you will buy, will gradually wear down with continued usage.

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It’s crucial that you carry out regular servicing and maintenance on your cranes


In order to maintain a your crane in a good condition, it’s crucial to operate it correctly, always sticking to any guidelines and lifting limits that you’ve been given. Also make sure that you plan any operations thoroughly, and you store your crane correctly afterwards.

For servicing your crane, be sure to carry out regular inspections, using qualified crane inspectors and servicers, who can also repair cranes for you. These simple steps will greatly increase the service life of your crane.

Safety tips for working with cranes

Cranes are heavy pieces of machinery, also lifting other heavy items and objects, so your safety and of those around you should be of paramount importance. First and foremost, always follow any guidelines that have been given to you, both by us, and those that have been set by the government.

You can read more on these here:


-          Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

-          Lifting procedures

Ask for help from the professionals on which crane will be best suited to your application, and then always follow the safe working load limits that you have been set for your particular crane.

Finally, we would recommend only using qualified or competent persons when conducting a lifting operation.

Tips on how to select the best type of crane for your business

We alone at Cranes Direct stock 15 different types of cranes that fall within 5 different categories. Despite a crane’s larger nature, selecting one is no different to choosing any other piece of equipment.

First, think carefully about exactly what you need the crane for, where you will be using it, and how heavy the loads are that it will be lifting. Consider as many of these factors as possible. Might you need to lift other loads further down the line? Is there a chance you’ll need to move the crane?

Some cranes come with wheels, others have much higher lifting strengths, some will grant you more space inside your workspace, while others are more resistant to the elements. There are many factors to consider, but once you have as much information as possible, speaking to one of the experts will allow you to quickly select the type of crane that is right for your business.

Tips on buying accessories for your crane

Steps for choosing the right accessories for your crane follows much the same pattern as choosing the best type of crane for your business above. Consider:


-          How heavy is the load that you want to lift?

-          Would you like a manual or electrically operated accessory?

-          Do you want a branded crane accessory?

-          How important is portability to you?

-          What kind of lifting operation are you looking to complete?

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Think carefully about what kind of lifting medium and lifting accessory you want to use with your crane

Once you’ve got some answers to these questions, speak to one of our sales team who can pick out the right crane accessory for you.

Tips on how to install your crane

You’ve just bought your shiny new crane, and now you need help installing it. Here’s some important tips to follow to make sure that you install your crane properly.

Always make sure you place your crane correctly. It needs plenty of space around it to operate safely, and it must be on a flat, even surface. Also consider whether your crane will be subject to any of the elements where it’s being placed!

You’ll also need to install a crane accessory with your crane too, and it’s important that you both choose the right one, and use it properly, to ensure any lifting operation is completed smoothly. See the steps above for choosing the right crane accessory for your crane.

Tips on how to move your crane

Not all cranes will move, and some will have been permanently fixed into place. But, let’s assume that you want to safely move your crane. Firstly, take a look at the surface it’s on. An uneven surface can cause you problems.

Never move your crane with a load attached; this can cause unpredictable swinging and, ultimately, damage to you or your load.

If possible, detach and disassemble a portable crane; this is a much easier route to take if moving a crane.

Tips on uses and applications for cranes

Cranes can be utilised in multiple different ways to make sure that you get the most out of them. Some uses for cranes:


-          In warehouses for storing products at various heights

-          On shipping yards for loading containers onto ships

-          In workshops for smaller applications, such as lifting engines out of cars

-          Using overhead cranes for keeping floor space clear

-          Keeping the strain off of your workers!

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Cranes find a great deal of use in warehouses around the world

Cranes are used in dozens of industries around the world, so it’s not surprise that they have so many different applications.

10 essential tips for operating a crane

Here’s ten essential tips to follow when operating a crane, which overlaps some of the points covered above:

  1. Staying within the safe working load limit
  2. Check the ground you are operating on is safe
  3. Follow all guidelines given to you
  4. Keep the area around your crane free
  5. Have a qualified person on-site during operations
  6. Use the right crane accessory for your application
  7. Carry out all necessary pre-operation inspections
  8. Have patience with your crane operation
  9. Centre your load properly
  10. When finished, store your crane correctly

7 essential tips for crane productivity

Here’s seven essential tips to follow for increasing the productivity of your crane, which, again, may overlap with some of the points that we’ve already covered in this article:

  1. Store your crane properly and in the right environment
  2. Inspect your crane thoroughly
  3. Always use the right accessory for the job at hand
  4. Also use the right crane for the job!
  5. Make sure your crane is being operated in the right environment
  6. Follow all guidelines and regulations
  7. Take all necessary precautions both before and during a lifting operation

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There are many ways that you can make your crane more productive

Tips on choosing whether to rent or buy a crane

Some manufacturers will give you the option to rent a crane rather than purchase it outright. Consider, how many times will you want to use your crane? If it’s just a one-off job, perhaps renting makes more sense. But if you plan to use it several times, it’s more cost-effective over time to buy your crane.

You can also rely on the quality of a crane that you yourself are keeping maintained, and avoid the risk of renting a faulty crane if you purchase one.

Looking for more information on cranes?

Our comprehensive guide above has covered everything that you need to know when it comes to working with cranes, and these all apply to our range of jib cranes, mobile lifting gantries, aluminium lifting gantries, overhead cranes and mobile floor cranes.

If you had more questions about some of the essential tips of working with cranes, or you want  to enquire about purchasing a crane for your own application, you can get in contact with us here.


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