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Cranes are essential in construction work, and although they come in different forms so they can serve different functions, they all share similar machinery and hardware. In this article, we explore that further.
Parts of a crane
Big or small, cranes all share similar fundamental parts. Let’s explore an overview of them.
Cranes can’t operate completely on their own – at least, not yet. Until they can, they’ll have crane cabins: a place where an operator can control the crane through various electronics, joysticks and foot pedals.
The long metal arm of a crane is the boom: the part that gives the crane its reach. They can either be flexible (telescopic) or fixed in length.
The working arm is called the jib: the metal structure attached to the end of the boom arm. Long and horizontal, they provide cranes with additional mobility and reach. They use a trolley to help carry the load.
The Rotex gear sits underneath the crane cabin and boom. It’s a large gear that gives the crane mobility, allowing it to rotate around an axis and move up and down.
The hook block is the hand of the crane. It connects to the jib or boom, allowing it to lift loads through cables and a metal block.
Cables are known as the muscles of the crane. A crane has many different cables, ranging from the hoist rope to the winch rope. They run the entire length of the crane and can support heavy loads, potentially even up to 140,000 pounds.
The last thing a construction site needs is an unstable, leaning Tower of Pisa crane, which is where counterweights come in. They stabilise and balance cranes, so they don’t fall or break when lifting heavy loads.
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Through combining simple machines and principles, cranes can lift extremely heavy loads with ease. They make construction projects easy and efficient – provided, of course, the right crane is chosen for the project. Whilst they all use similar parts, cranes differ in function, so it’s important to consult with a crane specialist as to which would be best suited for your site and goals.
We at United Crane Services would be happy to help. We’ve been servicing the Perth area for over a decade, and value our customers as much as we value efficient, high-quality equipment.