Different Crane Services Explained in Layman’s Terms

September 22, 2021by Sheedy Crane0

It’s hard to think of what our cities would look like if we hadn’t invented cranes. The skyscrapers which make up the businesses and apartments of our modern cities allow us to utilize minimal space for maximum occupancy. Although building skyscrapers aren’t the only use for cranes and crane services. As a leading provider of Bay Area crane crane services and rental, we would like to demystify the services we provide. This can allow those who are wondering whether they can utilize our services to understand how we can help.

Here is a brief overview of the various crane services explained in Layman’s terms.

Crane Rental

As previously mentioned, cranes have been integral in the vertical development of all major cities around the world. Renting a crane allows you to get what you need out of the crane, without having to worry about the upkeep. There are several kinds of cranes which can be relevant in different situations: all terrain cranes, rough terrain cranes, lattice boom cranes, hydraulic truck cranes, and roof mounted cranes.

All Terrain Cranes

As the name would suggest, these are generally the most versatile cranes which can be used in a variety of environments. Due to their versatility they are ideal for a variety of different jobs, and can lift between 200 to 500 tons.

Rough Terrain Cranes

Similar to the all-terrain, rough terrain cranes are purpose built for off-roading in challenging conditions such as mud and snow. They can lift between 10 to 70 tons making them ideal for smaller jobs in tougher environments.

Lattice Boom Cranes

These look similar to generic cranes, and are ideal for moving heavy things around a site. A lattice boom crane can typically lift 165 to 225 tons.

Hydraulic Truck Cranes

Although they look like something that was drawn in a 4th grade class, the hydraulic truck crane is a versatile and functional crane. These kinds of cranes can be moved closer to buildings for lifting and hoisting, and can generally lift 22 to 90 tons.

Roof-Mounted Cranes

As the name suggests, these cranes are mounted on the roofs of buildings to allow lifting to a much higher level. This can be relevant for a few different scenarios, although for building high-rises and skyscrapers these are unbeatable. They can generally lift 30 ton or 50 tons, depending on the type.

Support Equipment

If you’ve ever worked on site with a crane, you’ll know that they have a variety of auxiliary equipment to broaden their practicality. These include:

  • Crane mats
  • Debris boxes
  • Flying jib
  • Man-baskets
  • Pallet forks
  • Spreader bars
  • Weights and load test equipment
  • 100 – 800 ton hydraulic gantries

As a Bay Area crane rental company we are more than happy to answer any questions you have about cranes or equipment so feel free to get in touch.

Heavy Lifting and Specialty Rigging

If you need to move heavy equipment around but don’t necessarily need a crane on-site, then you may consider heavy lifting/rigging services. This is achieved utilizing:

  • A-frames
  • Cranes 10-500 ton
  • Hydraulic gantries
  • Hydraulic locking collar jacks 55 – 550 tons
  • Hydraulic platform trailers
  • Hydraulic skid systems

Heavy Hauling & Specialized Hauling

Moving heavy equipment across town, let alone cross country, can be a mission in itself. Not only will you need a vehicle strong enough to carry the load efficiently, there are other elements which are imperative. Such things as:

  • Pilot car support
  • Police escort coordination
  • Railcar cargo tie-down and securing
  • Railcar cleaning
  • Route / site surveys
  • Transportation engineering services
  • Transportation feasibility studies
  • Transportation permit procurement
  • Transportation project management


Whether your project is big or small, structural shoring can assist you in adding additional floors, working on the foundation, or during demolition. Ensure any shoring services you utilize have full turnkey design, and can help with fabrication, installation, and removal or structural shoring.


In between projects you may have large equipment which needs to be stored carefully and maintained over time. Warehousing and storage services should include options to have both indoor and outdoor storage for different devices. As well as maintenance services for those pieces of equipment which need constant upkeep.

Seismic Retrofitting

Especially important so close to the San Andreas fault, seismic retrofitting allows you to prepare buildings for seismic activity through the addition of various braces and support structures.

These services you should expect from seismic retrofitters include:

  • Complete project management and engineering services
  • Column isolation, temporary support, jacking system installation, and load transfer engineering.
  • Complete column base isolator, slider, and flat-jack installation services

If you’re looking for Bay Area crane services, or any of the above services, look no further than our team at Sheedy Crane. We look forward to hearing from you, and helping with your large-scale needs.