Cranes are one of the most commonly usedÂ heavy equipment resources at a construction site. It is used to lift heavy materials at construction sites and precisely fix or place them where required. Now there are multiple attachment parts that enable a crane to function properly. In this article, we take a look at some important parts of a crane and how they help it in lifting heavy equipment.
The boom is located directly above, or beside the main cabin consisting of a hook. It helps to lift pieces of heavy equipment and lower them from a certain height. Depending on the type of this attachment such as telescopic boom or lattice booms, it can change the directions accordingly. With telescopic booms, you can reach tremendous heights and so, it is useful to reach places where it is not possible to manually fix or locate an object. In the case of a lattice boom, they are equipped with crawler cranes where the working space is small.
The jib is a part of the boom. It is used to either move or telescope the boom. By telescoping, we mean extending the boom to a certain height. Doing so enables the cranes to carry weights from extreme heights.
3) Rotex Gear
The Rotex gear is known to rotate the boom in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions. This attachment part is vital as it enables the operator to place heavy equipment at the right spot. The Rotex gear is also known as the joystick and is located near the operatorâ€™s cabin. This equipment also helps in handling the boomâ€™s movement.
4) Hydraulic Pump
A hydraulic pump is the piece of equipment that eases the movement of the boom and other parts. There is a foot throttle situated in the operatorâ€™s cabin. This throttle helps the operator in controlling the amount of hydraulic pressure applied to the boom. The operator uses this tool to increase or decrease the amount of pressure applied to the boom for lifting materials from the site.
As cranes lift heavy weights, operators need to ensure that their crane is capable of carrying those heavy loads and are stable on an uneven patch of land. For this purpose, outriggers, also known as the legs of a crane helps to maintain the stability of cranes and prevents it from tripping.
An operator would never want the crane to topple. If it does, the entire construction process may be halted. Therefore, to prevent such a situation, there are counterweights. The counterweights are small but heavy balancing components. These counterweights ensure that the cabin doesnâ€™t swerve suddenly. These counterweights are detachable, and the operator needs to calculate appropriately the volume of counterweight to balance properly.
These are some primary attachment parts that are included in a crane. There may be some additional attachment parts for different types of cranes. The different types of cranes available are truck-mounted cranes, on-site cranes, loader cranes, overhead cranes, etc. In order to select the right type of crane based on your requirements, you canÂ get in touch with Heavy Duty DirectÂ to help you out.