Increased demand for tower crane rental units is expected to continue as purchasing construction equipment is becoming prohibitive due to the declining rand/euro exchange rate.
Louw Smit, Sales Manager at SA French, a division of Torre Lifting Solutions, says that renting such a crucial materials handling tool on a full service package makes perfect sense, especially on short to medium contracts.
Tower cranes are not always a case of one size fits all and the requirement on each contract will call for a specific configuration that can cater for the lifting capacities at a specific radius.
SA French operates a large tower crane rental fleet which includes both tower cranes and hydraulic self-erecting cranes. The range covers from units with a 46 metre jib and 3 ton lifting capacity to tower cranes with a 70 metre jib and a maximum lift capacity of 16 t. The most recent addition to the rental fleet has been four new generation Potain tower cranes.
SA French engineers will assess the project and site requirements prior to recommending a particular tower crane. The company will assist with site layout to ensure that the best coverage and hook time is achieved to complete the project timeously.
Significantly, two of the SA French technicians recently qualified as Master Technicians in France, putting these individuals in an elite bracket of only 30 such technicians worldwide.
Preventative maintenance forms part of the rental package and tower cranes are serviced on site while operating on the project. SA French also offers a range of material and man hoists for rental, and these are typically used by the same contractors that rent tower cranes.