A Guide To Crane Hire Costs

These days, crane hire may be necessary for many different reasons from your usual model having broken down to a sudden influx of work. One reason that many people put off these rentals for as long as possible is that they fear it will be too expensive. Whilst it is true that some companies will charge exorbitant fees for their cranes, others offer much more reasonable prices. It is important to consider all factors that are related to cost when making your decision.

So, how much does it cost?
First, you need to understand that there are many different types of crane. This means that the costs of renting will depend on the complexity and use of the particular model in question. If paying by the hour, the cost can range anywhere from $100 to $600 (with and without an operator). Some companies will allow you to rent on a weekly or even monthly basis – you will be looking at anywhere from $6500 to $30,000 per month.

What’s included in these costs?
Keep in mind that the inclusions for your particular crane rental will depend on the company you are renting through. Some will include an operator in the cost, whereas will ask you to pay extra for an operator or provide your own. Make sure that you discuss the terms of usage with the company before the contract is signed to ensure you are all on the same page. You should also find out who is responsible for costs if the machine breaks down or becomes damaged.

What are the extra costs?
Some companies will charge you a fee per hour of use alongside the separate fee for the crane. If you are renting a machine at $750 a day with a $250 usage fee, for example, you will end up paying $2500 for only seven hours of use. As mentioned above, some companies will also ask you to pay extra for employing an operator. If you decide to provide your own, it is imperative that they are appropriately trained to avoid accident or injury.

What factors affect the cost?
There are a number of factors that could affect the cost of your rental. Location is a big one, as the delivery of the crane might be delayed if you are too far away or the terrain is difficult to traverse. The specific model is another factor, as the more advanced the technology the more you will have to pay. Company stability could also be a factor – established rental companies may lower their costs, whereas others may raise them if they become too greedy. 

What tips could help me out?
In order to improve operator productivity and safety, you should consider a crane hire with extra lifting capacity. This could also help to avoid costly delays. To ensure that you get the model you need when you need it, make sure you have reserved it well in advance. Make sure you look into the history of your chosen rental company to ensure that they have no complaints or outstanding legal issues that could affect your experience.

Whenever you are looking into crane hire, it is important to ask a number of questions to ensure that you are getting the most bang for your buck. These range from what model you require to get the job done (answering this one may require a bit of research) to what lifting capacity the crane should have. A vital question that you ask the rental company should be whether the payment is inclusive of an operator or whether you will need to pay extra.