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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a crane service company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified crane service company. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated crane service company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you’ll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Santa Cruz County – Crane Service CATEGORY

Mike Hernandez is operations manager of Lewis Tree Service, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (831) 296-3280 or by email.

Mike Hernandez

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Mike Hernandez: An Outdoor Opportunity

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SANTA CRUZ — Mike Hernandez has always loved being outdoors, so when he accepted an opportunity to give tree work a try, it was hardly going out on a limb. “One day, about a year out of high school, I ran into a family friend who worked in the tree service industry, and he asked me if I’d be interested in trying it,” he remembers. “I had worked a couple of other jobs by that point and learned that working indoors wasn’t for me, so tree service seemed like it might be a good fit. As it turns out, it was—I fell in love with it and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Today, as operations manager of Lewis Tree Service, Inc., Mike says he enjoys multiple aspects of his career. “I still enjoy working outside, but I also get a lot of satisfaction from seeing the jobs run smoothly. Additionally, I enjoy the camaraderie of working with the crew. It takes a little bit of effort from everyone to make the job go well, and it’s neat to be a part of that.”

A resident of Watsonville (where he lives with his wife, Sydney), Mike spends his time outside of work on a variety of pastimes. “I’m an avid cyclist,” he details. “I raced BMX for years, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve become interested in mountain biking as well. I’m also into vintage vehicles—I have a couple of motorcycles, as well as a 1974 Econoline van that I’m constantly working on. Sydney and I also enjoy going camping whenever we get a chance.”

In regard to a professional philosophy, Mike espouses the importance of teamwork. “As the phrase goes, ‘Teamwork makes the dream work!’” he quotes. “That’s really big for me, especially being in an industry where pride and machismo can get in the way of productivity. I try to emphasize to our guys that we’re all on the same team, and the better they can work together, the easier everyone’s job is going to be.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Mike says he’d hit the road. “I used to go on a lot of road trips when I was younger, but it’s not as easy to get away these days. So, if I retired, I’d load up the van and travel the country with my wife, camping all along the way.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?

A: Shogun Japanese Restaurant in Santa Cruz.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?

A: Definitely a night owl. During the week, I’m up early for work, but on weekends, I usually stay up way too late and sleep in.

Q: What’s the most death-defying feat you’ve ever attempted?

A: Skydiving.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: I’d probably do a tour of East Asia and visit countries like Thailand and Singapore.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?

A: Anything with two wheels. As a kid, I was always riding bikes—I guess not much has changed!

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Why You Shouldn’t Over-Prune Your Trees

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SANTA CRUZ — As tree service professionals, we’ll often have customers ask us to prune back their trees as much as possible. Naturally, they think this will maximize the length of time until their next pruning service. However, the reality is that… Read more

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Video: Preparing for Crane Service

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SANTA CRUZ — Host, Sarah Rutan: When having crane services performed on your property, being fully prepared can go a long way toward preventing delays. To learn more,… Read more

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Know What You Want
Know What You Need from Good Crane Operators in Santa Cruz County

You want a safe, reliable, qualified crane service to help with your big job, so hiring the right Santa Cruz County crane company comes with some big considerations.

Before you sign a contract with a crane company in Scotts Valley, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Watsonville or your area, pause and think about what you hope to get out of the job. Consider the job you need to have done, your budget and timeframe, and the end result you’re hoping for. Write down your goals and the aspects of the job you absolutely won’t compromise on, and then formulate your questions for the contractors based on those goals.

Get started by asking yourself the following questions:

  1. Do I want a Diamond Certified crane service that is rated highest in quality and helpful expertise, and that is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  2. What job requires crane rental or crane services?
  3. What crane services or equipment do I need (crane rental, tower crane rental, all-terrain crane services, crane operator services, crane inspections)?
  4. What is my budget for crane services and crane rental?
  5. What are the specifics of my job, including the dates, location, type and weight of load, value of load, clearance and other details?
  6. What professional qualities and personal characteristics do I expect from my Santa Cruz County crane services and crane operator (prompt, honest, certified, reliable, skilled, good communication skills, ability to answer questions and foresee problems, etc.)
  7. What other aspects of my job do I need to figure out or have details about before contacting local crane rental shops?
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What To Ask In Person
Talk With Santa Cruz County Crane Services In Person

After you’ve found a crane company or a few that can meet your needs, the next logical step is to have a company representative come to the job site where the crane is needed. This will enable them to see the site, view the building or location, check out any possible hazards or impediments to the job, and ask you questions. It will also give you the opportunity to talk with the contractor about the job, the equipment needed, and other factors that can impact your hiring decision. You’ll also want to ask for an estimate that’s tailored to your specific task and needs.

The questions below will help you formulate your own list of questions to ask of the Santa Cruz County crane services in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Capitola and your area.

  1. How well trained are your crane operators?
  2. Do you have the equipment my job requires?
  3. What information should I have before booking your crane services? (This may include job dates, load weight, information about the job site location, information about potential job site hazards, whether the property is private or public, substrate type and condition, load value, and more.)
  4. How much space do your cranes need while sitting, moving, loading, unloading, and clearance?
  5. What are the qualifications of your crane operators?
  6. What safety procedures do you and your crane operators implement?
  7. What are your booking and cancellation policies?
  8. Can I see a rate schedule or rate details?
  9. Do you charge for travel time to job sites?
  10. Are there other costs associated with my job that aren’t included in the price per hour/price per job/price estimate I’ve been given?
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  • What To Ask References
    Interview Clients of Santa Cruz County Crane Operators

    Savvy consumers know that it’s smart to choose among Diamond Certified crane services because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from local crane rental companies in Santa Cruz County and the greater Bay Area, including those in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Capitola and your area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company.

    Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies, including local crane operation services. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers who have hired these local contractors and have actual experience dealing with them. That means the customers interviewed can attest to the quality of their work and services, giving a more accurate picture of what future clients may be able to expect.

    If you can’t find Diamond Certified crane services within reach that provide the crane rentals or equipment you need, you’ll have to do some research on your own. In that case, it’s wise to call references provided by your top candidates.

    Remember, though, that references provided by the contractors themselves are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. Chances are good that the Santa Cruz County crane services you talk with will give you contact information for a few customers that they know are satisfied, and you won’t get unbiased reports. Still, the information can be useful in understanding what previous clients have to say about the companies in question.

    If you do call references on your own, ask for a list of the Santa Cruz County crane services’ 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied. Then call those clients and ask some questions.

    Sample questions you may want to ask include these:

    1. Were you satisfied with the service from (Santa Cruz County crane rental company name)?
    2. What was the type and scope of job they did for you (crane bare rental, crane operator services, all-terrain crane services, tower crane rental, crane inspection, mobile crane rental, boom truck rental and operation, rough terrain crane operation, crawler crane rental, etc.)?
    3. Were the crane operators prompt and personable?
    4. Did the crane company explain to you the status of the work?
    5. Did the crane service show up as expected?
    6. Did they complete the crane lifting work on time?
    7. Were there unexpected costs associated with the crane rental or other facets of the crane services? If so, what were they for and were they avoidable?
    8. Did the crane company charge extra to travel to your home if you live in a smaller Santa Cruz County town such as Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Capitola? Were you aware of this charge before the job began?
    9. Would you recommend this Santa Cruz County crane service to others?
    10. When you need crane services or crane rental in the future, will you hire/work with this company again?
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  • Review Your Options
    The Final Step to Finding Good Crane Services in Santa Cruz County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Your interviews and research should have led you to a reliable, safe, professional crane company. Before deciding on the best crane services in Santa Cruz County for you, it’s important to consider the following questions.

    1. Is there a crane company in Santa Cruz County that’s able to meet your needs for crane rental or crane services, budget, timing, equipment, services, and attention to safety and detail?
    2. Are the Santa Cruz County crane operators knowledgeable about the job you need to have done and the equipment you need to do it?
    3. Is the crane company forthcoming about their abilities, operator training and certification, safety record, safety steps, quality checks, fees, and other aspects of the job?
    4. Is the crane service insured, licensed, and able to do the job safely and correctly?
    5. Did one crane company stand out above the rest in terms of customer service, ability to answer your questions, and personal attention?
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  • How To Work With
    How to Encourage Santa Cruz County Crane Operators to Want to Help You

    Just like you want to work with the best company for your needs and expectations, local crane companies prefer to do business with customers who are responsive and reliable.

    One of the best ways you can get crane companies in Santa Cruz County, including those serving Scotts Valley, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Watsonville and your area to want your business is to come prepared. This will save you and the contractor time, and it will give them the information they need to know whether they can help you and how best to meet your needs.

    How can you do this? One way is to have a list of details about your job before calling a local crane service. Here’s what you should know or do before calling about hiring a crane.

    • The weight of the item(s) to be lifted
    • The dimensions of the item(s) to be lifted
    • Rigging details—rigging points, rigging method, rigging attachment points on the item(s) to be lifted, whether special rigging is required
    • Whether the item(s) to be lifted need to be lifted over something (like a building) and the size, height, width, and distance of and around that building or obstruction
    • Whether the work is to be done on public or private property, and what permissions are needed to get the crane to and on the property
    • The type of ground or substrate getting to and once on the job site
    • Impediments or possible hazards that could affect the job—overhead wires, underground utilities, trees, loose rock or dirt, etc.

     

    Other things you can do to be the kind of client local crane operators want to work with include the following:

    • Prove your interest in good value, not just the lowest bid. While price is important, you can show your interest in quality rather than cost alone by asking questions about equipment, safety, insurance coverage, training and certification rather than simply price.
    • Don’t collect bids from dozens of companies. Instead, choose three to five quality companies with good safety records and records of service and ask them for detailed bids based on your specific job or crane rental needs.
    • Be honest with the crane contractors if you’re accepting multiple bids. However, assure them that you’re only considering bids from carefully-selected companies that are known for quality work and safe crane services.
    • Tell your Santa Cruz County crane company representative exactly what you want done and every specific direction or expectation you have. This will allow them to give you the most accurate bid possible and gives them insight into exactly what you expect from them. If they can’t provide what you need or want, it’s better to find out early in the process.

     

    What To Do Once You’ve Found a Crane Operation Services That Meets Your Needs
    Now that you’ve found the Santa Cruz County crane company that best suits your needs for crane rental and lifting services, you can move forward and sign a contract. Good contracts should include details about the scope of the work, any equipment and materials to be used (including model number and other specifics), payment terms, the dates or timeline of the job and any warranties and guarantees that will cover the work and services.

    Whether the work is being done in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Davenport, Bonny Doon, Twin Lakes, Wildwood, Beulah Park, Gordola, Ellicott, Forest Park, Felton, Corralitos, Rob Roy Junction, Seabright, or another location, your crane operator should provide the contract to you and allow you to read it and ask questions before signing.

    Written contracts protect you, your property and the contractor, so it’s important that you understand all the terms and exclusions and that you never sign an incomplete or blank document. If you have questions or if the contract doesn’t include all of the details and correct information about the job, it’s up to you to ask for a new contract that accurately reflects the work or services.

    If you’ve made verbal agreements with your Santa Cruz County crane contractor that are not reflected in the written bid or contract, you may hand-write those terms before signing. These may include specific expectations and instructions, expected start and end dates, clauses that stipulate when the work must be completed, verbal agreements regarding the type of equipment or other crane and bonuses for early completion of the work.

    Then ask about anything you can do to help the work go more smoothly, schedule the job, and be ready for your crane and lifting services.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    How You Can Be a Good Santa Cruz County Crane Services Client

    It’s the job of local crane services to provide the services and equipment you need and to cater to your needs and requests. But you play a big part in the success, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring Santa Cruz County crane services.

    • Be clear and upfront with the crane services and their representatives. Let them know what you want from them, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
    • Before you hire a crane service provider in Santa Cruz County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local companies occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your crane services company if you should call to check on the progress or if they will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times. The work will move along more smoothly if your company representative can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your crane contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the services on schedule.
    • Pay for the work promptly.

    How does being a good customer help your local crane service and benefit you as a client?

    Crane services and crane providers in Santa Cruz County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Review Your Invoice from Santa Cruz County Crane Contractors

When the crane services are completed, your Santa Cruz County crane rental company should give you an invoice that details every service and component of service provided. It’s smart to go through the invoice point by point, comparing the services rendered with what you expected and what was written on your original contract.

If you do this before your crane operator leaves the premises, you can ask them any questions you might have about the job, the invoice, and other factors regarding your crane rental or the crane lifting services.

The invoice from your contractor should include the following:

  • The crane company’s name, physical address and license number.
  • A complete list of all work performed.
  • An itemized list of all equipment and materials used.
  • The total cost for the services, including the itemized amount charged for labor.
  • A written explanation of any warranties or guarantees.
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Written Warranties
Get Crane Service Operators’ Promises in Writing

Crane services aren’t always guaranteed like other types of services because of the nature of the work. However, some companies will guarantee their services, placement, or other factors of the job. If the Santa Cruz County crane operator you’ve hired does guarantee their work or provide any warranties, they should be willing to put those promises in writing.

The following items should be included in any written guarantee document:

  • The Santa Cruz County crane service name, physical address and license number.
  • A description of what exactly the warranty covers and how any guarantee will be delivered if the terms of the contract are not met.
  • Any exclusions must be explicitly stated.
  • Your responsibility in the case of a problem and what you need to do in order to redeem the warranty.
  • How long the warranty is valid, and whether it expires on a specific day or is prorated (meaning, the warranty coverage and amount owed for repair or replacement diminishes over time).
  • Any actions on your part that may invalidate the warranty.
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Top 10 Requests
Most Popular Crane Services in Santa Cruz County

Local crane services and crane operators in Santa Cruz County, including those in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, Capitola and beyond offer a variety of crane types and crane services. Below are some of the most common crane services requested by Santa Cruz County homes and businesses. However, not all crane companies have the same equipment or abilities, so call crane contractors near you to see if they can offer what you need.

Crane Rental
Cranes are machines with a long mechanical arm used to lift or hoist heavy or bulky materials or items that need to be moved. Cranes may use a hoist rope, rope wires (also known as wire ropes), or chains to lift items slightly vertically before moving them into place horizontally. Santa Cruz County crane rental companies provide rental cranes for clients who need the use of a crane but don’t have enough of a demand to purchase and own their own crane. This can include residential and commercial crane rental services. Crane rental may include the services of a crane operator or, if the client is trained to use crane lifts, the crane rental agreement may be only for the crane equipment rental.

Mobile Cranes
Mobile cranes are usually cable-controlled cranes that are easily transported to the site where they’ll be used. Most mobile cranes are mounted on wheeled carriers or crawlers for ease of transport, but some mobile cranes are self-propelled. Most commercial and residential clients who rent mobile cranes in Santa Cruz County need a crane for various loads and cargo that doesn’t require a lengthy or difficult setup process or assembly and that is easily moved to and from their location.

Crane Operators / Crane Contractors
Crane operators are persons or companies who operate cranes for lifting and moving heavy objects. Crane operators, also known as crane contractors, control cranes to position and move machinery and equipment, move large objects and equipment at construction sites, provide industrial crane services, operate cranes at ports and railways for loading and unloading, and offer other services using various types of cranes.

Boomtrucks / Boom Trucks
Boom trucks (sometimes referred to as boomtrucks) are truck-mounted cranes with a rotating center post and a fixed boom that telescopes out, and a bucket that can move workers and hoist them into the air to perform tasks off of the ground. Boom trucks are often used to lift very heavy and bulky items, transport items around a construction or other work site, and move workers vertically. Boom trucks may be referred to as bucket trucks because of their bucket used for raising workers up to elevated or hard-to-reach areas

Truck Cranes
Unlike some mobile cranes that require wheeled carriers to take them to where they’ll be used, truck cranes are self-propelled cranes with a truck-type frame. Some truck cranes are permanently joined so that the truck and the crane never are separate. Others operate as one unit but the crane portion can be removed from the truck portion.

Tower Crane Services
Tower cranes are the tallest type of crane, since they are usually as high or higher than the buildings they are used to construct. Tower cranes are fixed cranes rather than mobile cranes, meaning they must be delivered to and mounted at the site where they’re used. Tower cranes often are operated by crews hanging weights to balance the load and then using hydraulic power to raise the load up to where it needs to be distributed.

Crane Lift Services
Crane operators in Santa Cruz County, including Scotts Valley, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Forest Park, Aptos Hills, Ben Lomond, Lompico, Mission Springs, Monte Toyon, San Lorenzo Park, Brackney, Paradise Park, the Willows, Swanton, Soquel, and other areas, are in the business of providing lift services for residential, commercial, industrial, and civic projects, including building projects, that require lifting and moving of heavy objects. These are often known as crane rental, crane lift services, and mobile crane services

Rough Terrain Cranes (RTC)
Rough terrain cranes (sometimes referred to as all-terrain cranes or ATC) are cranes that have been mounted on a stable base, or undercarriage, that has four thick rubber tires that enable the crane to travel over rough, uneven, or rocky ground. Rough terrain cranes are usually used for pick-up-and-carry applications and for off-road and rough terrain projects including remote building, early stages of construction where the ground is still uneven, moving heavy and large items from rough or rocky areas, and lifting work that needs to be done on paved and uneven surfaces.

Crawler Crane
Crawler cranes are cranes with an upper carriage that is mounted on a crawler undercarriage that has tracks that provide mobility and stability to the crane. Crawler cranes are known for their utilitarianism and mobility: the top of the crane can rotate a full 360 degrees, the crawlers are stable and don’t require outrigging, and the crane can move on its own without needing to be moved or have extensive setup.

Crane Inspections
Crane inspections are required by some state, county, and city governments to ensure that cranes operating in certain jurisdictions are safe and in good operating condition. Some Santa Cruz County crane services also offer crane inspections to help clients comply with local regulations.

Crane Brands Available in the Greater Bay Area and Santa Cruz County
Crane operators in Santa Cruz County and the rest of the Bay Area have favorite brands and manufacturers that they rely on when buying cranes. Here are a few of the more popular crane brands used in your area:

  • Hitachi Heavy Industries Construction Crane Company (HSC)
  • Hiab Cranes
  • Liebherr Cranes
  • Manitowoc Cranes
  • Kobelco Construction Machinery Co.
  • Terex Corporation
  • XCMG Cranes
  • Tadano Hydraulic Cranes & Lifting Equipment
  • KoneCranes
  • Shepard Niles
  • Kranco
  • Northern Cranes
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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms Associated with Crane Services

bare rental
Rental of a crane without also being provided with a crane operator. Some crane companies may offer bare rentals or rent bare cranes to clients with certified crane operators on staff, but most crane rental firms require a rental-company-employed operator to run rented cranes.

Also known as: bare renting, bare crane rental, bare crane fleet

boom
The structure of the crane that extends above the housing and supports the crane cables where the load is attached.

Also known as: telescoping boom, crane boom

boom trucks
Boom trucks (sometimes referred to as boomtrucks) are truck-mounted cranes with a rotating center post and a fixed boom that telescopes out, and a bucket that can move workers and hoist them into the air to perform tasks off of the ground. Boomtrucks are often used to lift very heavy and bulky items, transport items around a construction or other work site, and move workers vertically. Boom trucks may be referred to as bucket trucks because of their bucket used for raising workers up to elevated or hard-to-reach areas

Also known as: boomtruck, bucket truck, rear-mounted boom crane

counterweights
Counterweights are modular weights that can be added or removed from cranes to keep cranes from tipping when lifting heavy loads.

Also known as: crane weights, counterweighting, crane counterweight

crane inspections
Crane inspections are required by some state, county, and city governments to ensure that cranes operating in certain jurisdictions are safe and in good operating condition. Some Santa Cruz County crane services also offer crane inspections to help clients comply with local regulations.

Also known as: crane inspection services, crane equipment inspections, crane safety inspections, OSHA crane inspections, crane hoist inspection, annual crane inspection services, mobile crane inspections

crane lift services
Crane operators are in the business of providing lift services for residential, commercial, industrial, and civic projects, including building projects, that require lifting and moving of heavy objects. These are often known as crane rental, crane lift services, and mobile crane services

Also known as: crane services, crane lifting services, crane lifts, heavy lifting services, construction lifting services, heavy haul rigging services

crane operators
Crane operators are persons or companies who operate cranes for lifting and moving heavy objects. Crane operators, also known as crane contractors, control cranes to position and move machinery and equipment, move large objects and equipment at construction sites, provide industrial crane services, operate cranes at ports and railways for loading and unloading, and offer other services using various types of cranes.

Also known as: crane contractors, crane drivers, manned cranes, operated cranes, crane drivers, heavy machinery operators

crane rental
Cranes are machines with a long mechanical arm used to lift or hoist heavy or bulky materials or items that need to be moved. Cranes may use a hoist rope, rope wires (also known as wire ropes), or chains to lift items slightly vertically before moving them into place horizontally. Local crane rental companies provide rental cranes for clients who need the use of a crane but don’t have enough of a demand to purchase and own their own crane. This can include residential and commercial crane rental services. Crane rental may include the services of a crane operator or, if the client is trained to use crane lifts, the crane rental agreement may be only for the crane equipment rental.

Also known as: rental cranes, cranes for hire, boom rental, boom truck rental, heavy equipment rentals, crane equipment rental

crawler crane
Crawler cranes are cranes with an upper carriage that is mounted on a crawler undercarriage that has tracks that provide mobility and stability to the crane. Crawler cranes are known for their utilitarianism and mobility: the top of the crane can rotate a full 360 degrees, the crawlers are stable and don’t require outrigging, and the crane can move on its own without needing to be moved or have extensive setup.

Also known as: all-terrain cranes, rough-terrain cranes, lattice boom crawler cranes, telescopic crawler cranes, lattice boom truck cranes, LTR telescopic crawler cranes, mobile cranes

hoist
Hoist is the term for lifting and lowering loads with a crane.

Also known as: lift, crane hoist, hoisting

jib
Jibs are the projecting arms of cranes, otherwise described as the pendant-supported extension of a crane that attaches to the crane boom or fly head. Jibs provide added boom length for handling specified loads, allowing the crane to remain stable and do the work intended. Jibs may be in line with the boom or offset from the boom depending on the type of crane and weight of the load.

Also known as: crane arm, crane jib, crane hoist

lattice boom
Lattice boom is a lattice-like structure made up of multiple sections that are pinned together and their support system. Most lattice booms are made of open construction of angled or tubular lacing that forms a truss to strengthen the crane

Also known as: LBC, lattice boom crane, LB crane

mobile cranes
Mobile cranes are usually cable-controlled cranes that are easily transported to the site where they’ll be used. Most mobile cranes are mounted on wheeled carriers or crawlers for ease of transport, but some mobile cranes are self-propelled. Most commercial and residential clients who rent mobile cranes need a crane for various loads and cargo that doesn’t require a lengthy or difficult setup process or assembly and that is easily moved to and from their location.

Also known as: crawler crane, movable crane, drivable crane, self-propelled crane, telescoping crane, boom crane, cable-controlled crane

outrigger
Outrigging is the stabilizing force holding cranes in place. Most outrigging extends outward from the crane chassis, making the crane footprint larger and preventing it from tipping.

Also known as: outrigging, outriggers, crane outrigging, outrigger pads, crane stabilizers, stabilizer pads, crane pads

rough terrain cranes
Rough terrain cranes are cranes that have been mounted on a stable base, or undercarriage, that has four thick rubber tires that enable the crane to travel over rough, uneven, or rocky ground. Rough terrain cranes are usually used for pick-up-and-carry applications and for off-road and rough terrain projects including remote building, early stages of construction where the ground is still uneven, moving heavy and large items from rough or rocky areas, and lifting work that needs to be done on paved and uneven surfaces.

Also known as: RTC, all terrain cranes, mobile cranes, stabilized cranes

tower crane services
Tower cranes are the tallest type of crane, since they are usually as high or higher than the buildings they are used to construct. Tower cranes are fixed cranes rather than mobile cranes, meaning they must be delivered to and mounted at the site where they’re used. Tower cranes often are operated by crews hanging weights to balance the load and then using hydraulic power to raise the load up to where it needs to be distributed.

Also known as: building tower cranes, tall cranes, high-rise cranes, balance crane, luffing jib tower crane, telescopic tower crane, self-erecting tower crane, hammerhead crane

truck cranes
Unlike some mobile cranes that require wheeled carriers to take them to where they’ll be used, truck cranes are self-propelled cranes with a truck-type frame. Some truck cranes are permanently joined so that the truck and the crane never are separate. Others operate as one unit but the crane portion can be removed from the truck portion.

Also known as: mobile crane, drivable crane, boom truck, boom crane, pickup crane, truck jib crane, steel boom crane, hydraulic lift cranes

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions About Local Crane Services

Some questions get asked frequently of good crane companies. Below are some of the more common questions. However, it’s important to note that the answers below are representative of answers given by most crane services. You’ll want to ask specific questions relating to your crane rental services

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified crane services?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose crane services with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only crane operators rated Highest in Quality and Helpful Expertise earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most crane companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified crane services near you.

Q: How much does crane rental cost?

A: Most crane rental companies charge by the hour, day, week, month, or job. Rates vary depending on the type of crane rented (mobile crane, rough terrain crane, all-terrain crane, boom truck, crawler crane, tower crane, etc.) and the type of crane services needed (crane operator service, crane moving, crane delivery, crane storage, crane inspection, etc.). Your local crane company should be happy to give you a detailed estimate and rates for crane rental and other crane services they provide.

Q: Should crane operators be certified?
A: Yes. Cranes are heavy, expensive pieces of equipment that require a trained, skilled, certified operator. Most experts recommend hiring crane operators that are certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).

Q: Do crane operators have insurance?
A: Crane operators should have several types of insurance, including general liability, worker’s compensation (if they are providing crane operation or other services that require their employees to be on the job site), and lift insurance that covers the items or products that are being lifted. Local crane companies should be happy to provide you with written, documented proof of the insurance they carry, including limits and other details.

Q: How can I know which type or model of crane is best for my job?
A: Some clients rent the same type of crane repeatedly for similar jobs, and some clients are one-time renters or have varying needs depending on their jobs. Good crane companies should be able and willing to help you determine the exact type and model of crane for your job depending on what needs to be lifted, the terrain on the job site, and other factors.

Q: What do I need to know before calling a local crane company?
A: It’s smart to have a list of details about your job before calling a local crane service. Here’s what you should know or do before calling about hiring a crane.

  • The weight of the item(s) to be lifted
  • The dimensions of the item(s) to be lifted
  • Rigging details—rigging points, rigging method, rigging attachment points on the item(s) to be lifted, whether special rigging is required
  • Whether the item(s) to be lifted need to be lifted over something (like a building) and the size, height, width, and distance of and around that building or obstruction
  • Whether the work is to be done on public or private property, and what permissions are needed to get the crane to and on the property
  • The type of ground or substrate getting to and once on the job site
  • Impediments or possible hazards that could affect the job—overhead wires, underground utilities, trees, loose rock or dirt, etc.

Q: Do crane rental companies offer crane rentals without operators?
A: That depends on the company. Some crane rental services do offer equipment rentals without a crane operator (also known as a bare rental) to clients who have qualified, certified operators on staff. Insurance and other details may need to be worked out with the crane company before the rental agreement can be finalized. Other crane companies only provide crane rental services along with the services of a certified, qualified, rental-company-provided operator. Talk with your local crane company about the types of crane services you need and what they provide.

Q: How far ahead to I need to reserve a crane or book crane services?
A: Local crane services can be very busy at certain times of the year and specific cranes can be in higher demand than other equipment. It’s always wise to reserve or book the crane or crane services you need as soon as you know the date of the job, the type of crane needed, and the other details required for booking.

Q: Can I rent a green or eco-friendly crane?
A: More efficient cranes do exist, and some companies will be able to meet client requests for green or eco-friendly cranes. These can include cranes that run on alternative fuels (including biodiesel, propane, and vegetable-based fuels), cranes with electric motors, cranes equipped with diesel particulate exhaust scrubbers, and that use vegetable-based or other more eco-friendly hydraulic oil. If being eco-friendly is important to you, talk with your local crane rental service about whether they have green cranes available.

Q: Can crane companies work in the wind and rain?
A: Most crane companies and crane operators are able to provide crane services in inclement weather, including rain and wind. Heavy rain and strong winds can pose safety concerns, however, depending on the type of job being done and the type of crane being operated. Your crane contractor should be able to explain their rain, wind, and weather operation policy if it may impact your job.

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