Carry decks carry a lot of oomph with a small footprint, so they need particular features in order to work effectively and efficiently. Some of these common features include:
- Outriggers: While most carry deck cranes have rubber wheels that allow for strong traction as well as mobility, a crane can still fall off balance when it is carrying a heavy weight if there are no outriggers. The outriggers support the crane and this allows the crane to lift more weight.
- Hydraulic Controls: Hydraulic controls are beneficial because they increase the maneuverability of the crane without needing a second crewmember. Operated by a single person, carry deck cranes are versatile not just in and of themselves but also because they do not require a lot of workers in order to function.
- The Carry Deck: What is a carry deck crane without a carry deck? In order to maximize efficiency, the carry deck crane needs to be able to load and unload from its own carry deck, hence the name.
- 360º Rotating Boom: For maneuverability in tight spaces, a 360º rotating boom is ideal The boom can expand and retract and is easily manipulated with hydraulic controls.
When To Use Carry Deck Cranes
The most common users of carry deck cranes are contractors, industrial yards workers, and construction workers. While carry deck cranes are really beneficial for any size work project, these three applications benefit most from the maneuverability, mobility, and strength of this equipment.
Safety Tips For Pick and Carry Operations
Carry deck cranes, also sometimes called pick and carry cranes, are smaller than other equipment that might be used on a site, but they still are powerful and still require certain safety guidelines to keep workers out of harm’s way.
Some carry deck crane safety tips to consider are:
- Beware of any terrain that could put the crane off balance. Remember the crane will be carrying load as it moves up a hill or slope, and this can create a dangerous situation if not measured and considered carefully.
- Anyone operating the crane should be trained. Untrained personnel who are not working on the crane directly should move away from the general work area.
- When carrying a load, the boom should be kept close to the ground and swinging should be kept to a minimum.
- Make sure the area is clear of obstacles both on the ground and above where the crane will be working.
- If the area is open, mind the forecast for reports of heavy wind gusts as these can also negatively impact crane operation and worker safety on a site.
Carry Deck Cranes vs. Forklifts
Forklifts have many of the same capabilities as carry deck cranes and often are of a similar size. When should a forklift be used and when should a carry deck crane be used?
Maneuverability: Forklifts work well if there are large areas for them to turn around, but if the space being worked on or in does not have much room for maneuverability, a crane is the better option.
Manpower: As mentioned above, cranes usually only require one operator. Forklifts may require an additional person or people to help stabilize the load.
Longevity: If a crane is properly maintained, it can last up to thirty years. Forklifts tend to need more repairs and generally need to be replaced after five or sometimes ten years.
Pricing: Initially, it can look like cranes are significantly more expensive than forklifts. However, it is important to remember a single crane can reduce the necessary labor force on a project and can also do the work of several forklifts. When also considering the lifespan mentioned above, the value of a crane easily gets amortized over time.
Reach: If optimizing the use of vertical space is a priority, cranes are the better option because they can reach and pick higher than forklifts can.
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