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Cranes have been around since as far back as the time when humanity was mainly Mesopotamia. The technology was used in Ancient Greece for construction projects. They have come a long way in the past several millennia. It is not uncommon for cranes to become semi-permanent fixtures in the skylines of growing cities like Charlotte. 

There are hundreds of jobs that benefit from the lifting power of cranes. Depending on your project or site, you might use tower cranes, mobile cranes, level-luffing cranes, or overhead lift cranes

When it comes to jobs that require cranes, one of the questions your crane rental company will ask is the total weight of the load. There are several things you need to know about calculating the weight of a load before you rent a crane. 



Why do you need a crane? Are you constructing or renovating or building their retail spaces in which people will open their dream businesses? Are you building the roads residents drive to and from work and school? Are you developing the neighborhoods in which people will raise families and make memories? Whatever project you are on has the potential to change lives. You may never meet some of them, and they may not get the chance to thank you, but the work you are doing today will shape someone's future. 

Whatever project you have going in the Charlotte area, you may find yourself needing to rent a crane. Here are some key questions to ask before renting a crane.



The Queen City is always under construction. Home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Carolina Panthers, and Charlotte Hornets, Uptown has long attracted new residents as well as millions of tourists. However, neighborhoods like NoDa, Plaza Midwood, and South End have made lists of some of the coolest places to visit in the city. As one of the fastest-growing areas in the South, cranes have seemingly become part of the landscaping for the Charlotte area. 

For contractors researching crane rentals, there can be a lot of new terms to learn in order to determine what system is best for your project. Here is a brief glossary of rigging-related terms to help you get started with your research.



There are several cities and areas in the South that are growing rapidly. Uptown and south Charlotte, Asheville, Columbia, Greenville, the Triad, the Triangle, and Charleston are regularly included on lists of fastest-growing cities in the country. People are attracted to these areas for the mild weather, outdoor recreation opportunities, and quality of life. Moving from out west or up north often means families can upgrade their homes and properties, pay lower tax rates, and get more mileage out of their dollars. The job markets in these cities are strong, and companies are hiring for excellent careers. Each year, tens of thousands of people move to the Carolinas for new careers.

With new people and businesses moving here, for some cities, it seems like cranes are permanent fixtures in their skylines. Contractors are often booked months and years in advance. Parker Crane’s team is proud to provide the highest quality cranes, and machinery builders need to construct new apartments, offices, educational institutions, retail, and industrial buildings throughout the Carolinas. Here is a quick overview of the types of cranes you may need for your construction project: