Renting a crane or other material lift can help a contractor in a variety of ways. Owning a crane means storage fees and maintenance, and doesn't allow you to adjust the equipment you use on each jobsite. Renting a material lift of any sort from a company like Ron’s Auto Service LTD. can mean having a wider range of choices especially if you choose the right attachments for the job you need to get done. If you've never rented heavy-duty material lift equipment before, consider a few tips on how to choose the right pieces.
1. Straight mast forklifts are for exterior work
A warehouse forklift is not meant for exterior work and shouldn't be driven over anything but concrete. If you need to use a forklift for outside work, you need what is called a straight mast forklift. This is a heavier version of a forklift; it has larger tires for uneven and muddy terrain, and its heavier body keeps it steady under larger loads and in rougher weather conditions.
The cab of a straight mast forklift is typically fully enclosed, for the comfort and safety of an operator. This allows the forklift to be used in all weather conditions and protects the operator from spilled materials, debris being kicked up on the site, and so on.
2. Use drywall lifts on construction sites
Because of how easy it is for drywall to crack when lifted improperly, you always want to use a drywall lift on a construction site. This type of lift has special arms that hold the drywall at two different points, to keep from putting pressure down the middle and allowing it to crack. These lifts can be used with platform cranes to transport pieces to a top floor or they can extend to a second story height for use on smaller construction sites.
3. Use pipe grabs for long sections of pipe
A scissor crane can lift smaller sections of pipe but for long sections that need to stay secure, use a pipe grab. This attachment fits onto a crane or other lifting equipment and it has two arms on either side of the clamping section which help to keep the pipes steady. This is an added safety feature when pipes will be lifted high in the air or when they're very long and tend to tilt up and down and may slide out of the clamp.
Remember too that you want to speak to a rental agent about your needs in particular when renting any type of material lift or heavy-duty equipment. They can recommend certain pieces or attachments that can help you to get the job done properly and safely.