PARKS CRANE SERVICE, INC.

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How to determine what size crane you need

What to expect once the crane arrives at your home

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General Guidelines to Determine the Crane You Need

The type and size of crane that is chosen to perform a lift is determined by two main factors:  Weight of the object being lifted and distance the object has to be moved.  You will need to know this information to accurately determine the crane you need.

If the crane needs to reach over a structure (like a house), then the height of the structure may effect the choice of crane.

These are three of the key factors to determine the crane you require.  If you are purchasing a spa, BBQ, or fireplace, the manufacturer of your item can give you its weight.

Once you know the weight of your item, you need to determine the distance it needs to be lifted.  You may either use a tape measure to gauge the distance from the center of your driveway to the center of where your item is to be located.  You may also pace off the distance, trying to walk in as straight of a line as possible.  Generally, one pace is approximately three feet of distance.

Since you now know the weight of the item you want lifted, and the distance it needs to travel, you now need to determine the height of the structure the crane will be lifting over.

As a general rule, a single story house is 15 feet tall, and a two story house is 25 feet tall. 

If your house is a single story home, and your item weighs not more than 1200 lbs, we can reach a distance of 75 feet with our small crane.

If your house is a single story home and the distance is greater than 75 feet but not more than 115 feet, you will require our large crane.

If your house is a two story home, and your items weighs not more than 1200 lbs, we can reach a distance of 65 feet with our small crane.

If your house is a two story home and the distance is greater than 65 feet but not more than 115 feet, you will require our large crane.

If you prefer the crane to operate in the street instead of in your driveway, you may have to obtain road closure and/or encroachment permits from the city in which you reside.

Once you have determined which crane you require, take a quick look around your property for any obstructions (like trees, light poles, power lines, walls and fences).  If there are obstructions, we would like to do a job site inspection.

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What to Expect When The Crane Arrives

No matter what the item is that is being lifted, the process is the same.

Your crane will arrive at your residence at a specific day and time.  Your item will also be delivered by an independent delivery company at this same day and time.



Upon arrival and after a job site inspection, the operator will park the crane in your driveway and set up the crane. 

At the same time, the delivery crew will be preparing your item to be lifted.



When the crane and your item is prepared, the delivery crew will signal the operator to begin.



In a safe and controlled manner, the item will be lifted off the delivery truck, and travel to its destination.



The delivery crew will signal to the operator which direction and how far the item needs to travel.



When the item is over its destination, the delivery crew will signal to the operator that it is safe to lower your item.



When your item is set gently down at its final destination, the delivery crew will unhook your item, and tell the operator it is safe to start packing up!

The operator will then break down the crane,  and get it ready for travel.

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Still Need Help?

If you still have any questions, please call Dispatch at 714.283.5215 to discuss your lifting needs. 

We also do Job Site Inspections.  Fee may apply.

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