The primary reason contractors use dry hire cranes is that they are cheaper than the wet hire alternative. Additionally, they allow you to use the crane over time. If you intend to rent a dry hire crane, here are some considerations you should make. 

Choose The Right Crane

You will most likely use the crane for a variety of applications. It would therefore be prudent to assess the needs of your site to determine which crane you need. Some factors to consider include: 

  • Checking the crane's weight limits and the length of the boom. Increase these limits since change site conditions could compel you to lift heavier items than you initially intended.
  • Checking the size of the crane. It is especially important if you will use the crane in a constricted area.
  • Determine the road conditions at the site. Rough terrain cranes would be ideal when working in mines and muddy areas.
  • Determine features you require on the crane. For instance, a closed cabin will protect the operator from cold at night. The crane should also have powerful LED lighting.
  • Assess the condition of the crane. A worn-out crane will have a lot of downtime and delay your project. 

Understand The Company's Liability Policy

Since the crane will solely be in your hands, you must understand the company's liability policy to prevent disputes after hiring the crane. Most companies will require sufficient evidence that you have a trained operator and riggers at your site. On your part, you should inquire about the crane's repair and maintenance protocol. Typically, you should not have to cater to these since other customers have used the crane in the past. Additionally, inquire about crane repairs. Once the crane breaks down, the company will send a mechanic to determine whether you are liable for the damage. If you are, you will have to pay for the repairs. As a general rule, the crane must have comprehensive insurance coverage. 

Check The Terms Of Return

Assess the company's terms of return. Before hiring, you should inspect the crane to identify any defects. For example, make sure the cabin does not have a cracked windscreen or a dysfunctional door. Ideally, the company expects you to return the crane in this condition. If it had some fuel or was clean, you will be required to top the fuel and clean the crane. 

You should now have an easy time renting dry hire cranes. Choose an appropriate crane, understand the company's liability policy and examine the terms of return. For more information, contact a dry hire crane company.