Ever wonder how much it costs to rent a crane?
No matter if your industry is demolition, construction, oil, or utilities, you might find yourself needing to rent a crane.
If you’re in Lafayette, Opelousas, Lake Charles, Alexandria and Baton Rouge, listen up:
You need to know about the different fees required for different types of projects. You don’t want to be overcharged by any other Louisiana Crane Company.
Here, we’ll talk about some of the nuts and bolts of crane rental, so you’re better prepared to explore your crane rental options.
Different Types of Rental Cranes
The rental fees you’re paying will depend on the type and weight of the crane you intend to rent. For example, a 60-ton hydraulic rough terrain crane is less expensive to rent than a 450-ton hydraulic truck crane. Before you rent a crane, figure out what kind of machinery you need, so you don’t waste money renting a crane with more lifting power than you need.
Additionally, for hydraulic truck cranes, the capacity of the crane as well as the lengths of the main boom and jib affect the rental rate. Typically, the heavier the capacity and the longer the length of the boom and jib, the more expensive the crane to rent.
Different crane types also have different hourly minimums. All cranes have a flat hourly pay rate, but usually you’ll find that you need to rent each crane for a minimum number of hours. A three to four hour minimum rental rate is typical.
Many crane prices come with an operator already attached, so the typical rate you pay for the crane includes the operator. This is not always the case, however. You might find that a crane alone has a standard rate, but you will have to pay additional hourly wages for highly-trained, NCCCO-certified crane operators.
If you have a large project, you’ll likely have to pay the wages for more crew members, as well. Each additional rigger or signalman will cost you an extra wage.
If your project is happening outside of a company’s local area, your crew needs their travel expenses covered, as well. Most crews also expect per diems each day they are working on a project. Further, if you expect your crew to work more than eight hours each day, you’ll have to pay them overtime based on ICS standard wages.
Other Fee Considerations
You’ll likely need to pay another per-hour fee to rent a portal tractor trailer with counterweights to haul the crane to and from the project site. If you need to store your equipment, some companies offer fenced storage, indoor storage, or climate-controlled storage on a fee-per-square-footage basis. You’ll also need to acquire a permit to complete your project.
Additionally, you need to take precautions to care for your rented cranes or you’ll be paying a lot more than rental fees. Bottom line, you – not the company from which you are renting the cranes – are responsible for all damages. To protect your cranes, equipment, and personnel from hazards, ensure that roads and work areas are level and firm enough that the equipment doesn’t befall less-than-ideal circumstances.
If you need to rent a crane in the Gulf South region of the Southern U.S., H. Brown’s Crane Rental service can provide you with the crane and equipment you need at a reasonable price. Contact us today for more information.