Why Investing in Used Cranes Can Be a Smart Move for Your Construction Business

By on March 9, 2018
Used Cranes Can Be a Smart Move for Your Construction Business

If you own a construction business, then you already know the importance of having cranes in your arsenal of heavy equipment. Without this machine, various operations in the project site will be hampered. Important bulky and heavy supplies and other machines won’t be lifted and moved. Waste materials will also be strewn all over the site, and this can further obstruct different processes.

Indeed, cranes are indispensable pieces of equipment for use in your industry. Unfortunately, it’s a known fact that these are not the most affordable equipment you can invest in.

But by finding a company that specializes in used crane sales, you can own one or more of these machines to use in various projects, and for many years.

Benefits of Purchasing Used Cranes

Investing in pre-owned lifting equipment offers several advantages that buying brand new machines cannot provide. These include:

1.    You save money right from the start.

Cranes are some of the most expensive heavy equipment around. This is because they are used for different types of construction projects (not to mention excavation and property maintenance projects that will have the cranes going through residential driveways and all kinds of urban areas).

The good news is that pre-owned cranes cost less and are often nearly half the price of brand new ones. 

Your buying power will be multiplied when you consider the option of investing in used cranes. With pre-owned equipment, you can purchase more than one machine at the price of just one brand new unit.

Because of this, investing in used cranes will automatically allow your business to save money from the start.2.    You have more options to choose from.

The used heavy equipment market is massive. As such, you won’t have a hard time finding the machine you’re looking for while still sticking to your budget. You will have more lifting equipment brands and types to choose from.

Whether you want to invest in a self- erecting tower crane or a rough terrain one for a rugged construction site, as long as you choose the right supplier of used lifting equipment, you will have the machine you need.

3.    You get high-quality, reliable lifting equipment.

Pre-owned heavy equipment used to have a bad reputation since several machines being sold before were nearly unusable. However, suppliers of used heavy machinery are now more meticulous with managing the equipment they are selling.

They make sure these machines undergo testing and inspections and pass all performance and safety standards before putting them up for sale. 

As long as you buy from a reputable supplier that can provide you certificates and a VIN check report (if possible), you can be sure you will have a machine that can give your business years of service.

4.    You have full control of equipment use.

If you used to rent cranes for particular projects, you may often encounter problems such as the equipment being hired first by another company or enduring delays in the machine’s delivery to the construction site. These are issues that will cause interruptions to your project’s timetable.

Once you have your own arsenal of lifting machines, you will never have to worry about these problems. Your cranes will go where you need them to be, whether by schedule or during an emergency. This translates to less downtime in the project site.

5.    You can be certain your operators are already familiar with the equipment you will buy.

In case you already have crane operators in your team, you can get them to use the machines immediately if you invest in pre-owned lifting equipment. This is something that won’t happen if you buy newer models of lifting equipment. This is because they come with features and upgrades that may be impressive, but sometimes, not as beneficial as you may think.

If you choose to invest in newer machines, your operators may need to undergo additional training to learn how to operate them. You will then have to spend money on their training.

This also means additional downtime since the cranes can’t be used until they complete their course. Again, this is a problem your business can avoid if you choose used lifting machinery which your operators are already familiar with.

Cranes are some of the most valuable assets construction companies can have. Acquiring and managing them will require a substantial amount of money, but by investing in used cranes, you will have lifting machines that can be used for various purposes in your construction projects. You will have assets at hand that facilitate the growth of your business. 


Hermann Buchberger is the Founder and CEO of Active Crane Hire (ACH). He’s taken the company from start-up to Industry Leader offering the largest fleet of construction cranes in Australia. ACH launched a new type of crane previously unheard of in the Australian market: electric tower cranes. The company’s infrastructure and associated services now comprise a fleet of trucks and trailers, a crane-rigging team, mobile crane technicians, a fleet of service vehicles, and an extensive range of crane spare parts.


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