It's often been said that you can measure the economic activity in a given area by looking out at the horizon and counting the number of cranes that you see. If you want to make sure that you're involved in that activity, it's essential that you don't allow yourself to be delayed or restricted by preventable maintenance issues.
Whether you own your own crane or are renting from a leasing service, there are some steps you can take to guarantee your crane is always in the best possible state. Both short and long term service issues can pop up without proper precautions being taken, increasing the necessity of acting responsibly.
Below, you'll find a guide to some tips for maintaining your crane on a job site. Following these instructions can help guarantee that you never find yourself struggling to stay functional and can allow you to receive the performance and reliable service from your crane that your business counts on.
No matter the environment that your crane is operating in, keeping an eye on its lubrication levels is absolutely essential. Very hot climates can cause moisture to dry up, and very cold climates might encourage sluggishness through freezing. Construction sites tend to be dirty, and particulate matter in the air may settle on to your equipment in a way that creates unfortunate friction and leaves the exposed metal components of your crane struggling to adapt.
Make sure that you consult with your crane service firm over the proper weight of grease or type of hydraulic fluid that will appropriately service your crane. You should also make sure that your crane operators are properly trained in recognizing the warning signs of a lubrication issue. Unusual grinding sounds and unexpectedly high operating temperatures can be important cues that something serious is afoot, and those signs should be respected and immediately addressed.
A crane hoist can be a long and involved process that involves a great deal of careful positioning and precise equipment movements. When that task is done and your load is securely in place, it can be tempting to let your guard down and move on to another task. However, without manually resetting your crane, you may end up subjecting your equipment to forces that it was never designed to accommodate.
At the conclusion of a load positioning, it's important to lower the hoist and re-center the crane over its base. Not only will this avoid excessive weight strain that might be unbalanced, but it can also help eliminate the risk of toppling. A crane is at its most vulnerable when its positioning is out of alignment, and a toppled crane poses an extremely serious risk that could cost time, money and even lives.
Keeping complete written records is perhaps the most important thing you can do to keep your crane in working order. It might be difficult to detect problems if you're not aware of what a neutral setting for your equipment looks like, so seeking out that neutrality and staying aware of changes is a vital task.
Make sure that the cab of your crane contains a notepad and a pen for operators to note any unusual activity. Make sure that you review these logs regularly and take the time to question your crane operators about anything unusual that they may have experienced.
George's Crane Service Inc has the necessary experience to provide you with a wide range of crane maintenance and upkeep options. Leaning on their professional expertise can allow you to stay active on the job site without ever feeling like you're putting your safety or your future at risk.