Premier Cranes & Rigging

FAQs


Having helped thousands of clients in our time we have been asked just about everything possible in relation to Cranes and Rigging. We’ve compiled a list of some of the more common questions that we have received along the way. Click each question below to find out the answer you are looking for!

The weight and dimensions of the load along with any site access limitations. If you are unsure, you can always send through PDF drawings including site layout so we can make our own assessment. Please also notify of any power lines close by as the proximity of power lines will impact your crane options and may also require a permit.

If we are unable to assist you over the phone using our advanced satellite images we are happy to inspect the site to ascertain the most effective way to complete your lifts.

There are a number of factors that may impact the size of the crane required for the lift. The weight to be lifted, the distance from the centre of the crane to the centre of the load, the maximum unloading position for the load and any obstacles that are between the crane and unloading points. Please try and summarize these items then call our office on (03) 9311 1499 to discuss your options. Please also see our crane calculator on our website, it is a good way to get a starting guide..

There are three basic types of cranes which are the all terrain, truck mounted or specialist cranes to which the most suitable will be dependent on your lifting requirements and the characteristics of the worksite that must be considered in selecting the right crane.

We have a full range of cranes that offer the versatility to allow us to satisfy your lifting requirements. Whether it be a crane required for urban areas or you require a crane for all terrains, we have options available for you. Alternatively, we have specialist cranes for more unique lifting requirements.

If you have any PDF plans of the project, we can work out which crane is the most suitable with the space available. We can also make an onsite assessment to determine which crane can perform the job satisfactorily.

Providing a suitable, hard standing surface for the crane is the responsibility of the hirer. Depending on the crane hired, you may be required to confirm the Ground Bearing Capacity in advance. If the ground is incapable of meeting the satisfactory loading capacity, we can supply oversize steel support plates to help reduce loading. Utilising these plates will be dependent on whether there is sufficient space available to support their use for the job. The supply of these steel plates would be at an additional cost to you.

With that said, the majority of our cranes are supplied with ground support and the utilisation of steel support mats is a standard practice for cranes in excess of 80t.

Cranes can operate in most weather conditions with high wind speeds the only real limiting factors in completing the lift. Generally speaking, we can safely operate cranes in winds under 30km per hour. However, this may increase depending on the lifting requirement, the length of the telescopic jib used and the particular crane model itself.

All of our cranes carry the necessary chains, slings and shackles to lift your load. If you require specialist-lifting equipment, simply let us know in advance and we will bring this with our crane hire. Additional charges will apply where the equipment requires delivery separately to the crane itself.

All of our crane operators are certified professionals that have proven industry experience and are trained to the highest standards. All of our crane operators are reliable and adhere to all OHS site requirements. Our expectation is that all of our employees to follow strict operating guidelines whilst remaining flexible in their ability to work around specific site regulations.

Crane hire begins once the crane leaves our depot until the time it returns. To ensure clarity around this we will agree to a set travel time in advance so you have confidence in our pricing.

The costs of the hire will very much depend on the size of the crane, any additional support requirements and any specialist equipment requirements. We will also advise you as to the time we need access to the site to ensure prompt commencement of loads at the desired time.

Set up time s will vary depending on the crane configuration required to execute the lift. This will include the time taken for the operator to familiarise themselves with the site as well as performing the daily operating procedures required prior to commencing the lift. This set up time can very from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the size of the crane.

Depending on demand we strive to provide our customers cranes when they are needed on short notice. Generally speaking however, the wait time on a standard hire is 2 days and for more complex operations up to a weeks notice.

Unless otherwise specified by a qualified representative of the electricity company who supplies that area, cranes must remain further than 5-6 metres from the closest power lines. This distance can be reduced upon the advice of engineers who may recommend earthing the crane. Alternatively, power may need to be diverted temporarily or a new area be established for the operation of the crane.

It is important to have site access clear prior to our arrival. Stable ground is also an essential requirement for using a crane. We recommend speaking to us about your requirements prior to our arrival if you are unsure of your options. Depending on the nature of the project, you may be required to arrange for traffic management or council permits, which we can handle if necessary.

The cost will depend on the type and size of the crane you need. The type of crane is determined by the weight of what is being lifted as well the distance and height the load must go.

Anything that is outside our normal crane operation hours will be charged at overtime rates - These hours are 7:00am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday.

All our cranes must be supplied with an operator and any dry hire would be at the absolute discretion of management after negotiation.

We have a 24 hour anytime, anywhere service which can assist in the recovery of trains, fallen excavators, containers and the like.

Yes we do - We have a number of cranes that are suited for small steel erection including our 16t Tadano Bubble Crane.

Yes we do. Our 16t bubble and 3t Maeda Spider Crawler Crane is able to access even tightest of worksites.

We have 14 x Mobile, Crawler and Franna Cranes which vary in sizes from our 3t Maeda Spider Crawler Crane to our 220t Liebherr All-Terrain Crane.

We have a full range of equipment to assist with the most difficult of rollover.

Our cranes come with a maximum reach of 110 metres and we have smaller cranes available for customers who have smaller requirements.

We are able to arrange traffic management if required. Simply let us know when you book in your hire and we will arrange the rest for you.

We service all of Metropolitan Melbourne and surrounding areas. If you are unsure. call us on (03) 9311 1499 to find out.

We will service surrounding areas from time to time. Call us to find out whether we can help you this time.

Yes we do, full crane compliance packs, including insurances and SWMS are all inclusive