Types of Mobile Cranes

A mobile crane is “a cable-controlled crane mounted on crawlers or rubber-tired carriers” or “a hydraulic-powered crane with a telescoping boom mounted on truck-type carriers or as self-propelled models.” They are designed to easily transport to a site and use with different types of load and cargo with little or no setup or assembly.
Here are some of the most common types of mobile cranes used on construction sites today:
All Terrain Cranes
All terrain cranes are multi-functional cranes designed to be driven on both smooth paved highways or off-road at speeds up to 40 mph.
Crawler Cranes
Crawler cranes are a type of tracked mobile crane available with either telescopic or lattice booms. Because they are self-propelled they are able to move around a construction site and perform jobs without much set-up. They are however very expensive to transport from site to site because of their great size and weight.
Carry Deck Cranes
Carry deck cranes are smaller mobile cranes that travel on four wheels and are capable of rotating their boom a full 360-degrees.
Rough Terrain Cranes
A type of hydraulic crane, rough terrain cranes are designed to operate specifically off-road on rough terrain thanks to their all-wheel drive capabilities and rubber tires.
Hydraulic Truck Cranes
The standard in mobile cranes, hydraulic truck cranes can lift thousands of pounds using hydraulics that rely on forces transmitted through oil pushing the boom’s pistons in opposite directions.
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