Workshop cranes are much smaller and more portable pieces of lifting equipment as compared to other cranes that are on the market. They provide a different set of qualities and benefits to our other stocks, but with this comes a different set of procedures and rules. Below we have listed out how to safely move large equipment with workshop cranes.
What are the benefits of using workshop cranes?
Before we talk about how to safely use a workshop crane, you may be asking why you wouldn’t just choose an option that can lift heavier loads. Sometimes also referred to as hydraulic lifting hoists or engine or floor cranes, as their most typical use is in workshops, floor cranes are small, lightweight, yet reliable pieces of lifting gear.
A workshop crane is also called an engine crane, as it is commonly used to lift engines
They carry with them a number of benefits when compared to other cranes such as mobile lifting gantries. They are extremely lightweight in nature, and with two wheels attached to their two V-shaped support stands, they can be easily transported around a worksite.
Workshop cranes can also be folded up, allowing for the transportation between multiple worksites or for easy storage. They are easy to assemble and erect as well, making them the ideal piece of adaptable equipment when it comes to needing to move large equipment.
Things to bear in mind when working with workshop cranes
Despite the obvious benefits of workshop cranes, which have been listed above, and despite their small nature, they still require correct procedures to be followed so that both you and your equipment remain safe.
Choosing the right accessory for your workshop crane
Your workshop crane is compatible with a number of different lifting accessories, such as a chain sling, which will complete the actual lifting and lowering of the large equipment that you are working with.
You’ll need to make sure that you are choosing the correct equipment based on the size and shape of your load, and you’ll also need to ensure that it is compatible with your floor crane. Please get in contact with us if you are unsure what to use.
One of the workshop cranes that we stock here at Cranes Direct
Make sure that you have patience with your workshop crane!
You may or may not have used other pieces of lifting equipment before, but workshop cranes typically operate at a slower pace than other cranes. It is important that you stay patient while using your floor crane, particularly if moving large equipment, so that you don’t cause yourselves, your floor crane, or your load any damage!
Make sure you don’t lift more than your workshop cranes lifting capacity
Again, you may or may not have used other pieces of lifting equipment before, but if you haven’t, workshop cranes lift a lot less than other pieces of lifting equipment. This is not to say that they are weak at all, and they can still lift up to around 1000Kg.
But it is important to stick to the safe working load (SWL) of your workshop crane, which is always the maximum limit that it can load.
It can be tempting to use your crane for a variety of tasks that you hadn’t originally planned for, but incorrect use could cause permeant damage to you, your crane, or the large equipment that you are moving.
Take good note of your surroundings when using workshop cranes
One of the big benefits of using a workshop crane is that they aren’t fixed to a permanent location, and so can be easily moved around a workshop. This, however, brings with it its own set of problems that you must take care of.
Ensure that when moving large equipment with your floor crane that it is balanced on an even surface with the large equipment directly in line with the centre of gravity. Also take into account the above point of not lifting more than the safe working load of your floor crane; this will ensure that it doesn’t topple over during a lifting or lowering task.
Regularly inspect your workshop cranes
If you are moving large equipment with your floor crane, then it will suffer natural stress and tension which can shorten its service life. They are built to be robust and safe, but it is still important to thoroughly inspect it before each lifting task. If you need help with this, we offer inspections and maintenance of all equipment. Simply get in contact with us here.