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Crane Rental Cost Estimates

Crane Rental Cost Estimates

General contractors carry a heavy burden when it comes to construction projects. They are responsible for providing the highest level of safety on every job site. GCs must keep up with scheduling the right people to put in the right places to ensure everything goes smoothly. 

They must become experts, or at least develop a reasonable amount of knowledge about a vast array of skills and disciplines. All the while, each project must stay within an appropriate budget. 

It is a challenging position for which only a few people are qualified. 

If you are a general contractor or in some way responsible for managing a job site, cranes are probably one aspect of your expertise that can feel elusive. You may not need one for most projects, so learning about them can seem like a waste of time until you need one.

When it comes to the cost of crane rentals, you need to be careful to do research before you settle on a company from which to rent. There is a balance between cost and value. 


While you can only allot a certain amount of your budget to crane rentals, you have to make sure you have everything you need to move heavy items safely. 

In this post, we are helping contractors and project managers determine what they should expect to spend on crane rentals. 

How to Determine the Cost of Your Crane Rental

Here are a few key questions to help you estimate your crane rental project:

How Long Will You Need the Crane?

This is probably the most important question you will have to answer to estimate the cost of your crane rental. 

Most crane rental companies will allow you to rent by the day, week, or month. You can expect to be around $1,000 per day for most smaller mobile cranes; however, the cost may vary based on a number of other factors. 

Some tips to keep the cost down include:

  • Have a plan for how to use your crane while you have it. 
  • Be ready to explain to your crane company exactly what you need. Ask questions to help you determine your plan before they deliver the crane. 
  • Organize your job site such that you will not be wasting the time that you have the crane.
  • Make sure you have a licensed crane operator and flaggers on site. You do not want to waste your crane rental waiting for your operators to show up. 
  • Make sure you get as much of your crane work done in one rental period. You do not want to have to bring the crane back if it is not absolutely necessary. 

While you want to maximize the time you have the crane, make sure you and your team do not get in a hurry. Safety is the most important aspect of crane usage. 

What Size Crane Will You Need?

Many construction projects can be completed using mobile cranes. However, there are smaller cranes that are less expensive, and larger cranes that can be much more expensive. It is vital to make sure you get the crane you need for your project

You do not want to test the limits of a machine that does not have the capacity to do the job you’re asking it to do. A crane rental company can help you determine exactly what you need. 

Will You Need Crane Operators and Flaggers?

Parker’s Crane Service can add CCO Operators, Riggers, and Signal Persons to your crane rental service. Some contractors will want to avoid the additional cost of operators and flaggers; however, having trained experts on-site may prove beneficial enough to justify the extra budget. 

Hiring experienced operators may help you move your materials more efficiently, potentially reducing the time of the overall rental. Plus, most importantly, it will add a level of safety to your job site that translates to peace of mind for contractors. 

In What Type of Terrain Will the Crane Be Operating?

In the Carolinas, the terrain on which a crane will operate can vary drastically from one area to another. Your job site may be in a tight urban area, in a muddy bog, on hard bedrock, in the sandhills, or on a precarious mountain pass. 

The type of terrain will factor into the cost of the crane rental. Furthermore, the delivery of the crane and associated vehicles will likely rise for remote or difficult-to-find places. 

The best step you can take toward maximizing your crane rental budget is contacting a company with experience and expertise in the area of your job site. In Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville, Charleston, Columbia, the Triad, and throughout the Carolinas, Parker’s Train Service is your trusted crane rental company. 

Parker's Crane is equipped with well-maintained, meticulously selected equipment that serves the job perfectly. We offer a fleet of equipment backed by knowledgeable, helpful staff. 

If you are ready to learn more about crane rental costs in the Carolinas, contact the team at Parker’s Crane Service today