How to install cranes correctly.

Recently purchased a shiny new crane and looking for some top tips to ensure that you install cranes correctly? Simply have a read of our all-you-need-to-know guide below, covering everything from first steps to maintaining its service life.

Placing it correctly

Depending on the crane that you’ve purchased, you’ll want to make sure that it’s set up both in the right place and in the right way. If it’s a portable crane and it moves between work surfaces, then ensure that the surface you place it on is flat. If it’s a crane with wheels, such as our mobile gantries, it’s especially important that the surface isn’t loose.

Other cranes, such as jib cranes, are often fixed in a certain area, so be sure to carry out proper inspections and checks on that area and its surroundings beforehand. A factor to consider with the placement of your crane is where you’ll be placing it in relation to the elements around it. Cranes can suffer from corrosion and rust, so it’s important to think about what might conditions might affect your crane.

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Installing your crane in the wrong location could cause unnecessary rust or corrosion

Ensure that you have plenty of space around your crane

This will be something that you’ll want to consider when placing your crane correctly, but can often go overlooked by those keen to get on with their lifting operation! Ensure that you have plenty of space in the surrounding area for your crane, free from people or objects.

The considerations that you’ll need to take will vary depending on the crane that you have. For example, overhead cranes can be used to free up a huge amount of space on the floor of the workspace, while some jib cranes operate at a range of 360-degrees and so need more free space around them.


Install cranes with the correct crane accessory

Your crane will be compatible with multiple crane accessories, all capable of performing different tasks and functions. It’s important that you choose the right crane accessory and also ensure that it is installed correctly with your crane.

For a full list of the crane accessories that we have available at Cranes Direct, please visit this page here.

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Ensure that your crane is installed in a suitable location

Following proper guidelines

One of the best tips you can ever receive is simply to follow the way that things have correctly been done before! There’s plenty of advice out there for this, including:


-          Lifting operations – cranes

-          Safe use of lifting equipment

-          Planning and organising lifting operations

-          Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)


Get expert help with installing your crane

Sometimes it can be best just to leave these things to the experts! If you want help with installing your crane, we are happy to provide this service for you. We can also help with cranes servicing and repairs, as well as crane inspections. We use a team of specially trained crane engineers to install your crane in your preferred location, as well as helping to install any cranes accessories or equipment too. We will also conduct full tests on your crane and equipment after installation to ensure that it is running smoothly.


Need more help with how to install cranes?

Installing your crane is just one part of the operation! You’ll also need to think about inspecting it regularly, using the right lifting equipment, and storage advice, among other things.  If you have any questions on these areas, or others, you can find answers to many of the common questions in our FAQ page. Alternatively, please feel free to call us on 01384 76961 or contact us here.


Image credit: Christopher Bulle

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