10 Tips for Choosing the Right Crane for Lifting Oversized Cargo

October 25, 2023

Oversized cargo often requires specialized cranes to ensure safe and efficient loading and unloading. But of course, every load is different, and oftentimes oversized cargo can be very unique. How can you be sure to choose the best crane for successful loading?

In this blog post, we explore 10 factors to consider when making this crucial decision.

What Are the Cargo Specifications?

Start by understanding the unique specifications of the cargo you need to lift. Consider its weight, size, and shape, as well as any special requirements or constraints. Use management software to reduce the risk of inaccuracies, and always double-check the figures!

Learn About the Different Crane Types

There are various types of cranes, including mobile cranes, tower cranes, and crawler cranes. Each has its advantages and limitations, so it’s a good idea to take the time and research the specifications of each. Talk to heavy hauler experts to get recommendations on the best type for your load.  

What is the Lifting Capacity?

The crane's lifting capacity should match or exceed the weight of your cargo. It's crucial to account for not just the cargo's static weight but also dynamic factors such as wind, sway, and any additional loads.

What About Reach and Height?

Evaluate the required reach and height of the crane. The crane should have the necessary boom length to access the cargo and lift it safely. Your local heavy hauler team can help you navigate this.


Consider the mobility of the crane, especially if your project involves moving the crane from site to site. Mobile cranes are often the preferred choice for their flexibility.

Look at the Terrain and Environment

Assess the terrain and environment where the lifting will take place. Some cranes are better suited for rough or uneven terrain, while others excel in confined spaces.

What Rigging and Accessories Are Needed?

The choice of rigging and accessories is crucial. Slings, shackles, hooks…the list goes on! Ensure the crane can accommodate the rigging needed to secure and lift your cargo safely.

Safety Features

Look for cranes with advanced safety features, including stability control, load monitoring, and emergency shutdown systems.

Certification and Compliance

Ensure that the crane and its operator comply with all relevant regulations and safety standards. Discuss this with your local heavy hauler, asking about the certifications they carry and whether safety training programs are held regularly.

Project Duration and Budget

Finally, you’ll want to consider the project's duration and budget constraints. For example, renting a crane may be a cost-effective choice for short-term projects.

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10 Tips for Choosing the Right Crane for Lifting Oversized Cargo
Courtney L.