A mobile crane is a self-propelled vehicle with either a cable-controlled or hydraulic-powered telescoping boom crane. Mobile cranes use a collection of simple machines to both raise and lower objects, as well as to move them horizontally.

A mobile crane is easily moved from one location to the next, making it a cost-effective rental option for many construction or demolition projects in Perth. Typically, you use mobile cranes to move or lift heavy objects or transport materials short distances. You can also use mobile cranes to construct much larger tower cranes.


The five most common mobile cranes

  • Hydraulic mobile cranes
  • All-terrain cranes
  • Rough terrain cranes
  • Crawler cranes (on track)
  • Carry deck cranes

At United Crane Services, we understand how important it is to have the right equipment for the job, which is why we offer a wide range of mobile crane rentals for various industries.


Mobile crane benefits

A mobile crane has three key benefits:

  • Flexibility to drive on the road to the worksite
  • High capacity
  • Fast setup


How mobile cranes work

Mobile cranes use a series of mechanisms to lift heavy objects. The crane itself comprises several elements:


the mast (the tall vertical part of a crane) is supported by a heavy, large base, which offsets the weight the crane lifts.


Slewing unit:

at the mast’s top, there is a slewing unit consisting of gear and motor, which allows the crane to rotate. The slewing unit also contains the jib.



a jib is a long working arm that uses a trolley to help carry a load. Mobile cranes also use a shorter machinery arm that contains the motor.



large concrete counterweights help balance the load and keep the crane stable.

Along with these simple mechanical components, mobile cranes also use a pulley system, which helps the crane lift heavier loads with minimal force.


The power source of mobile cranes

Typically, a diesel engine powers the crane. However, some newer cranes are now powered by electric motors. Whatever the engine type, it powers the hoists, generates electricity, and drives any hydraulic mechanisms to ensure the crane works to capacity.


Choose United Crane Services in Perth

United Crane Services is Perth’s premier mobile crane, rigging, and transport hire company. We have over ten years of experience serving the Perth Metropolitan area.

Locally owned and operated, United Crane Services is passionate about the local people, businesses, and industries in Perth. We are here to help you do some seriously heavy lifting in Western Australia.

We aim to provide an extensive range of equipment and services to assist different industries, including mining, transport, maintenance, infrastructure, and construction.

Contact us today.