When you take crane training classes for crawler cranes with lattice booms, you’ll immediately notice that they are unique from other types of cranes because of their mobility. Rather than using tires like the majority of cranes do, they actually use treading like that on a military tank. This type of track allows for crawlers to be one of the strongest cranes available because provides for a very stable base. Most cranes need to have an outrigger but the unique crawling system used by these cranes means that they don’t need to have outriggers. With just its own strength and support crawler cranes with lattice booms can potentially lift over 3500 tons.
Different jobs require different tools and the crawler crane is better in some situations that others. Ideally crawler cranes with lattice booms should be used on construction jobs that have a lot of heavy lifting and will take a long time to complete. Crawler cranes can move around sites without a lot of extra effort from the operators and no additional setup is required to use it in different areas of the work site. It can also move from point A to point B while carrying something without risk of injury to the workers or damage to the machine.
As a crane operator you’ll learn that this type of machine probably isn’t the best choice for shorter jobs. It can still get the job done but the amount of effort it takes to transport crawler cranes with lattice booms is exceptional. They are very heavy machines that actually need to be disassembled each time it needs to be transported from one location to another. This not only take extra time out of a small job but it also costs a lot of money. These parts will need to be transported by either a series of trucks or by boat. This is why using this machine for a job that doesn’t need to have that much power could be a waste of time and money.
The term “lattice boom” may throw people off when looking into cranes because it is a technical term and part of the machinery. Crawler cranes with lattice booms are actually quite common. Every type of crane has a “boom,” which is just a part of the crane. Lattice is the type of boom and is the most common type found on all cranes. Overall, crawler cranes are excellent for big jobs and no matter what type of booms they use they are durable machines that can take any heavy lifting.