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Today recycling is big business. The demands for handling waste in responsible, sustainable and useful ways have never been greater. Whether your work involves moving metal in scrap yards, wood at bio power plants, or debris on building sites, your choice of crane makes all the difference.
Here are the top questions to ask when evaluating your needs and your choices for how to meet them.
1. What is my main operational need?
Do you usually work in light or heavy recycling? Are you transporting cars for destruction, moving debris from municipal road work projects, or do you need to handle a variety of materials? The starting point for any crane choice is, of course, your fundamental needs. Configuring the crane according to your unique circumstances will make sure you can complete the job safely and efficiently every day.
2. What boom type matches my operation?
The boom type is also a basic element in your choice of crane. S-booms, which are straight and partially folded, offer the highest capacity choices. Z-boom types fold more compactly and offer the convenience of being able to drive without removing the bucket or grapple.
3. Do I lift mostly the same amount each time or do I need capacity for heavier lifts from time to time?
Typically, recycling cranes range from 10 to 16 tonne-metres in capacity, but larger capacities are available for extreme jobs. And remember: S-boom cranes offer higher capacities than Z-boom cranes.
4. How far out do I need to reach?
A short boom offers convenience, but if your operation requires greater flexibility, it may be important to consider telescopic reach.
5. Do I need a bucket or a grapple, and what sizes should I chose?
Lighter recycling work for municipalities may often involve digging, and a bucket is therefore the smartest choice for your crane. But if you’re moving heavier materials from one site to another, you’re going to want a grapple. Both are available in a variety of sizes depending on what your operation requires.
6. How do I get maximum visibility for my operation?
A high visibility factor is key for working efficiently and safely in recycling. You may not know how to get the best unobstructed view until you have compared different workstation options, such as a stand up platform or a centred or side-mounted high seat. You may also want the freedom of movement that remote control operation can provide.
7. Can I add smart features to make my work safer and easier?
When working fast, safety is a must. Specialised features can increase not only performance, but also operator safety. For example, systems that ensure crane stability and prevent overloading make the job more efficient and protect your operators. Talk to dealers about what features can make your work easier, more comfortable and above all safer.
8. How close am I to a service location specialised for my crane?
When your operation is about quickly moving heavy, bulky materials, you make sure you have equipment that is ready to stand up to a beating. But you still need to plan for normal wear and tear. No matter where you are located, make sure you have access to a large service network with professionals specialised in your crane’s needs and who understand the unique demands of the recycling business.