Both crawler and hydraulic cranes are used in construction sites and other places where the lifting or hoisting of very heavy or large objects is required. Both pieces of machinery have the features necessary to move or lift the heavy cargos, loads and any other type of equipment. Both the hydraulic and crawler cranes have featured the same parts. These parts include the jib, the slewing unit, the mast, the control area, the operating cab and tracks in the case of a mobile crane. The cranes can also accommodate substantial counterweight balls to balance the moments and incorporate a hook as an instrument for lifting the load.
The hydraulic crane is classified as a truck mounted crane as it comes in the form of a truck. On the other hand, the crawler crane is of its own kind and has caterpillar trucks to facilitate mobility if its services are required in different locations. For instance, the Craneco hydraulic crane makes use of the standard hydraulic pumps that come sets of two which powers an internal hydraulic system. The hydraulic pumps give the crane enough strength and moments to lift, haul or suspend weights on a regular basis. There are different crane types and designs that the hydraulic crane can manifest itself. The most common model for hydraulic cranes is in form of the hydraulic truck crane. Moreover, caterpillar tracks or railroad wheels can be used to facilitate the locomotion of the hydraulic crane.
Crawler crane, on the other hand, is characterized by a slightly different feature; the truck and propulsion system. The base of the entire machine is the track system which provides the equipment with mobility and stability. For small to medium sites, the crawler crane is the most ideal. Other features of the crawler crane include the need to assembly for setup and disassembling when it has completed the task at hand. Crawler cranes are also very heavy and bulky and can travel while hoisting a load.
When contractors are operating on uneven ground and need to lift or hoist heavy objects, crawler cranes are the most ideal for such tasks. They are also resistant to all kinds of weather and can be used in all types of soil. The crawler crane is perfect for rough area construction sites which earns them the name “extra-strength crane version.” A hybrid of both the crawler and hydraulic cranes combines the superior features from each type of crane allowing for the lifting and loading of more objects from one place to the next. Whenever you are dealing with this two types of cranes, the necessary precaution measures should be observed. The safety procedures involved should be a routine drill for operators to avoid injury or even loss of lives.
Both the hydraulic and crawler cranes have had a significant impact on the construction and infrastructural industry. They have enabled contractors to do their job in a fast and efficient manner where they lift, haul and unload weights that were previously impossible. However, it is important to observe safety to avoid accidents that can sometimes be catastrophic.