Are you ready to buy a new or used crane for your construction business? In addition to comparing basic functions and pricing, there are a few things you can do to ensure that the investment you make is one that meets your needs and expectations for many years to come. Here are a few things you should do before committing to purchase any specific crane for your business:
Compare Warranty Options
You can expect any crane you purchase to come with a warranty, but you can't expect each separate warranty to be created equal. While some cranes may come with a basic warranty that covers major components for a couple of years, other cranes might feature warranties that cover all components for several years after purchase. And then there are the cranes that come with the opportunity to purchase an extended warranty which will ensure that you're financially protected for the life of the machine.
Because your options will vary from crane to crane, it's a good idea to get copies of warranty options for each model you consider investing in. This way, you can compare them side-by-side and determine which options will likely provide you and your new equipment with the most comprehensive protection long-term.
Have Each Prospect Inspected
Whether you are buying a new or used crane, it is important to have any potential pieces of equipment you consider buying inspected before making any financial commitments. The company you will be buying your crane from will have had the crane inspected, but you should have a third-party provider do a second inspection while you're there. Find a service technician you trust, and have them inspect the frame and tires in addition to the following:
- The hoist hook and accompanying safety hatch
- Sheaves and drums
- Lubrication lines
- Girders and guards
- Lights, ladders, and access stairs
- Radio control system
An inspection will help ensure that there aren't any dysfunctional parts on the crane and that everything meets federal standards and requirements. Have your technician create a report of their findings and present the report to the crane sales representative. The report can be used to negotiate pricing.
Make a Few Basic Test Runs
Before committing to purchase any particular crane for your construction business, consider renting it for a week or two so you can use it in a few test runs to see how it performs and how easy it is to maintain. If the sales company doesn't allow you to rent their cranes before buying one, find a rental company with the same models that you're considering purchasing and rent the equipment from them. Create a checklist of tasks you'd like to complete while the equipment is rented so you can be sure that you test each piece of potential equipment in question fairly. This will help make comparing your options convenient and effective.
Invest in Training for Employees
Because 90 percent of the crane accidents that happen on construction sites are due to human error, it's crucial to schedule a series of training sessions for any employees who will be operating your new crane before it gets put into use. The training sessions should teach employees about each component of the crane that they'll be using as well as the following:
- Proper operating procedures
- Daily inspection and maintenance requirements
- Effective long-term storage techniques
Make sure each employee who will be operating your new crane has at least two training sessions before taking the reins. It is also a good idea to schedule ongoing refresher courses throughout the year.
Taking the time to focus on the aspects listed where when hunting for a new or used crane to purchase for your construction company will help ensure that you don't end up regretting your investment later down the line.