I am thinking about buying an all terrain crane and I am confused
about whether its operator need to be licensed or certified, or both.
OSHA seems to have strict requirements for cranes used in
construction, but I do not do construction. What I do (machine moving
and removal) is called "general industry".
Does anyone here own a crane or have a good idea on this?
There's a similar place in NJ - I pass it on the NJ Turnpike on the way to a customer. I've always thought they should open that place to the public on weekends. Charge by the hour to play with the big toys.
I hope you don't get caught then. I personally have never tried to
avoid erections on any particular day of the week. There were some
times though when going through puberty that an erection could be
embarassing and Sunday mornings at church would have been especially
A retired friend pays the commercial registration fee for his
heavy-duty pickup truck, though I doubt Iggy could claim the crane as
his personal car.
I've thought about buying a used bucket van for personal use.
I've had the same thoughts myself. Why a van? Hell to navigate.
They turn up all the time on eBay. Some (a small fleet) '05 1T
GMC/Altec bucket trucks went for $5-7k a few years ago, when I was
looking. They were probably gas, though. I have no idea how clapped
out a truck can get in service for a decade, either.
They'd be handy as a shop crane, too. Pop the man bucket off and...
I know they aren't practical, but I do have a use right now. A
neighbor and I hired a tree service with a crane to take down mature,
branch-shedding oaks leaning ominously toward our houses. They left
the trunks of mine in a jumble so I could salvage the crooked firewood
and straight sawmill lumber; these trees originally grew straight
without large lower branches in a forest. Now I have a heap of wet
logs 16" to 20" in diameter and up to 25' long to rearrange into a
neat covered stack, cribbed up off the ground and all on my property,
I designed my lifting gear to move 8', 1000 Lb sections and this
severely strains some parts of it, though the A frame posts should
support 4700 lbs apiece, assuming they are 25000 lb yield scrap steel,
or 5400 if A36. My 5000 Lb crane scale appears to be cracking as it
won't return to zero, so I bought another one. Fortunately Chinese
ones are fairly cheap if you don't need certifiable accuracy, just
comparison to a proof test load.
I've spent more time repairing and modifying the equipment and
designing the post-and-beam sheds I'll make from the logs, to cut them
to manageable lengths without waste, than moving the wood. This is
what those trolley wheels are for.
No idea on the licensing requirements, but from all the crane accident
videos you've posted links to, I know you're aware of the hazards
associated with rigging.
A long time ago, I was involved with training a bunch of workers in
rigging safety after a series of incidents, including a 11000# load
dropped about 3' from me. And that was just a bridge crane. We got
some professionals to help, and some training brochures, etc. Focused
on staying out from under loads, knowing the load, knowing working
capacity of tools, do's and don'ts (spreading the hook, etc) the
simple trig involved, etc. We awarded "driver licenses" to those that
passed the tests, and promised to release any that didn't pass.
Everybody passed the second test.
With cranes, there's a lot more to add, boom angle, length, rotation,
outrigger extension and load bearing properties of different surfaces.
I know riggers replace their wire ropes at regular intervals, even
with the daily inspections.
Training up, getting certified, and setting up and following a
maintenance schedule is probably time well spent whether or not it's
required by law.
Good luck and enjoy the crane.