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Doubtful about Buying Used Crane? Here are the Benefits

Doubtful about Buying Used Crane? Here are the Benefits

By on Mar 7, 2016 in News | 0 comments

 One of the milestones in the construction industry is the invention of  cranes. It has made the building of bigger and taller structures possible  and much easier. However, anyone in the industry knows that cranes  do  not come with a cheap price, which is definitely understandable  because  it offers several advantages. Nonetheless, sometimes, the  company  budget falls short that buying a new crane is not even a  consideration. So,  do you have other options? Indeed you have – used  or secondhand  cranes.  At this point, you might be raising your brow, skeptical about such option. But hear us out. One of the first things you need to keep in mind is, “A ‘used’ or ‘secondhand’ item does not mean it is defective or of low quality.” Here are some of the benefits you get for buying used cranes or other construction equipment. You Save Money This is definitely one of the best advantages of buying used cranes. Often, you can purchase a used crane for half or a fraction of the cost of a new equipment, saving you thousands of dollars as a result. In fact, ‘used’ cranes may sometimes be practically new, handed down by companies still in their original ‘packaging’ or with just a year or two of use. Quality is Not Compromised As mentioned earlier and contrary to common notion, items being sold as ‘secondhand’ are not defective or broken. In fact, used crane or equipment are proven to last and serve a productive life as a new equipment. Also, at Hill Crane Service, we perform a series of inspections and testing to make sure that the crane is in great working condition before it ends up in our inventory. We guarantee that the equipment we sell are of high quality not only because our name and reputation are at stake but, more importantly, we highly prioritize safety. Familiarity with the Equipment If your equipment has served its life, buying a used crane of the same model gives you the advantage of familiarity in terms of how it is operated. Some of the newer models are bombarded with complicated systems that might require operators to undergo trainings to familiarize themselves with its operation. So, if you...

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Your Guide to Traffic Equipment Rental

Your Guide to Traffic Equipment Rental

By on Feb 29, 2016 in News | 0 comments

  Traffic equipment are mainly used to divert traffic whenever there are ongoing inspection, maintenance, or road repairs. Therefore, their main purpose is to provide alertness and safety to motorists. So, if you are one of the road contractors who need traffic equipment to get the job done, it is highly advisable to obtain the equipment to reputable company that already has a solid track record. Question: These are only equipment, so why the need for a high-end provider? Answer: Almost any company can provide traffic equipment if they have the inventory. However, only a few are complying with MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) that is published by the FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) itself. This comprehensive manual covers the national design, application, as well as placement standards, options, support, and guidance provisions for all traffic control equipment. In addition, only a handful of company follows the jurisdictional, approved traffic plan, and other safety regulations. To Rent or to Purchase Traffic Equipment? The answer to this question is contingent on two factors, namely: (1) the duration of your road project, and (2) the need for equipment in the future. If your project is a one-time basis only and you have constricted budget, then renting traffic equipment would be the ideal choice. If your project would take months, and you have the budget, better think on purchasing the needed traffic equipment. Types of Traffic Equipment If it is your first time to rent traffic equipment, companies usually offer the following: Retro reflective Signage – These are the signage stands that provide awareness to motorists that there will be road diversion or traffic ahead. These signage stands come in any shape or size, rolled up or in rigid form, and with a stand or fastener. Channeling Devices – These equipment are to guide the motorists where to position their vehicles. These are cones, grabber cones, drums (cylindrical metal shape), vertical panels, as well as tubular markers. Steel Road Plates – There are companies who also deliver and install steel road plates including the service of traffic control while completing the installation. Barricades – There are various types of barricades depending on your purpose. There are crowd control barricades for streets,...

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Traffic Surveying: Why is it Beneficial?

Traffic Surveying: Why is it Beneficial?

By on Feb 22, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Traffic in populous areas such as towns, main routes, and city centers can create numerous problems to both the environment and people. In order to pinpoint the root cause of certain traffic-related problems, as well as to assess the scale of these problems including the safety of pedestrian and road congestion, traffic surveying is conducted.  Factors to Consider When Surveying Traffic Flow Traffic surveyors normally look at the following: The location where they will conduct the survey The most appropriate time(s) and day(s) to survey the flow of traffic The duration of counting and analyzing vehicles (This can vary from 5 minutes to 20 minutes depending on the size of the area) The vehicle type to count (some vehicles are more dangerous than others because of their size, weight, or quantity) Data Collection It is the discretion of the surveyor company on how many they will deploy for a particular traffic surveying project. Usually, surveyors come in pair (or more) depending on the project size. For instance, they will survey the traffic in the central business district. One person will record the traffic flow into that area, and another person will record the traffic flow out of it. It is also essential in data collection to record where the surveyors are located, as well as the current road conditions when they conduct the survey. Data Interpretation The data collected in this survey is interpreted and used for many things such as: Academic records (compiled as case studies) Developing local transport schemes in a certain area Evaluating transportation either for development or maintenance Target monitoring for local transport plans Road planning (for future roadway improvements including the applications for roadway operations as well as safety improvement projects) Importance of Traffic Surveying Traffic surveying is important and beneficial because it ensures the safety of motorists in general. The survey is also expedient in analyzing the flow of motorists in a certain area during a specific date and time. This can be used to identify the necessary adjustments in case the area is too congested and is causing traffic-related problems. The survey is also used to improve the local city’s traffic operations. This is to make certain that the city is maintaining...

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What Makes A Lift Operation Successful?

What Makes A Lift Operation Successful?

By on Feb 15, 2016 in News | 0 comments

   A successful lift operation requires a plan, competent  people and right equipment. A safe and successful lift  operation involves a range of requirements which must be  considered before and during the lifting operation.   Lift Plan Before any operation, a plan should be prepared. A lift plan  is crucial for the success of the entire operation for it adds  another layer of safety.  Someone who is trained, skilled and  expert in the field should come up with the plan that gives and detailed information about the  operation. Details of the load For a safe and successful operation, it is important to have the details of the loads to be lifted. This way, the team will know how the lift operation should be performed in a safe manner. The weight and other details of the load are also factors in determining the crane to be used. Crane Selection Each crane is designed to perform a specific task. It is important to know the details of the crane in advance to know if it can handle the lift operation. Using the right crane will greatly affect the success of the operation. Make sure that the crane can efficiently and safely carry or move the loads. Checking the crane before the operation should also be done to make sure it is working fine and to keep the safety of the team is check. Wrong choice of crane will result to failure and accidents. Competent People Competent people should be involved in the lift operation. They must have the skills, experiences and education to successfully complete the tasks needed. In addition, each must have sufficient technical know-how and understanding of the work being carried out.  All workers need to be familiar with the types of equipment they will be using and their role in the operation. Assessment of the project site It is important to carefully assess the project site and surrounding areas for these can greatly affect the work flow. Site information is vital in planning and a big deciding factor for the entire project. Before the lift operation, engineers and project managers need to do a site visit to get all the information and see if the actual lift can be...

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