Questions To Ask Yourself
To start to narrow your options, it’s best to think through your answers to four questions:
- How heavy is the load you want to lift?
- How high do you want to lift the load?
- How wide does the crane have to be to span the load?
- Are there any special location, environmental, or power needs?
1. How Heavy is the Load?
The weight of the load you want to lift will determine the maximum lifting capacity of the crane models you can choose from. Wallace has models with capacities ranging from one-quarter to 15 tons.
2. How High do You Have to Lift the Load?
You should bear in mind whether the load will have to be lifted over equipment on the shop floor or whether there are any overhead obstructions or ceiling restrictions as this will also reduce the amount of space you have available to lift a load. The crane itself has parts and pieces that will have to be factored into your calculations.
Stacking is an important consideration when deciding how high you have to lift the load. Stacking includes everything underneath the I-beam that effectively reduces its lifting height potential. Stacking includes the space needed for the following parts: