If you have never rented a crane before, you may not realize the differences among the various types of cranes that are available. While cranes may look similar, the way they function and how they operate can vary from machine to machine. Considering three important factors can help you to select the crane that is ideal for your job. Here are those three important factors that you should consider. 

The Maximum Amount of Weight You Need the Crane to Lift

One of the first things that you should consider when selecting the right crane for your job is the maximum amount of weight you need the crane to lift. Most people consider the average weight of the items that they need the crane to lift. However, you need to ensure that the crane you are renting can lift the heaviest object that you need to lift. Having a crane lift an item that is too heavy can cause the crane to topple or can snap the hoists and chains holding the item in place, which can damage the item being lifted or hurt or kill people on the job site. Think about the heaviest items you are lifting and ensure the crane can lift that weight. 

The Frequency That the Crane Will Be Used on a Job Site

Another thing that you need to consider when you are renting a crane is the frequency that the crane will be used on a job site. Some cranes are slow moving. They can move very heavy items, but it may take awhile. This may work for you if you only need to move a few things a day. On the other hand, you may need a faster crane if you are lifting items up and down all day. 

How the Crane Needs to Move Items From One Spot to Another

Finally consider how the crane needs to move items from one spot to another to select the right rental crane for your job. Some cranes simply can lift items up and down. Other cranes can swing their arm, moving items to the left or right. Other cranes can rotate 360 degrees and can move forward and backward. Think about the ways in which a crane will need to move to get your items from point A to point B and ensure the crane you are renting maneuvers in that fashion. 

When you are looking to get a crane rental, being able to answer each of these questions will help the rental company guide you toward the crane that is ideal for your construction job. Selecting the right crane helps to increase worker safety, decreases damage to the items the crane is lifting and helps to ensure the crane meets your needs.