To Replace or To Rebuild: What is Best for Your Crane & Equipment?
Dependable equipment is critical to your business. It keeps processes running, protects materials, and increases employee safety. Unfortunately, in spite of safety standards, E.O.T Cranes are often pushed beyond their limits. Like all equipment, cranes wear down over time, and as they do, their capacity decreases.
You can replace your crane or you can rebuild it. In this blog post, we’ll look of the benefits and drawbacks of each solution to help you make the best decision for your company.
In the short run, it’s tempting to opt for the quicker, less expensive option of repairing equipment as issues arise. Depending on the cause of the problem, however, these up-front savings could impact your crane’s long-term performance and reduce employee safety over the long haul.
Here are some signs it’s time to allocate funds for a new crane:
Don’t compromise on employee safety. Track the frequency of injuries and breakdowns, especially if you can’t pinpoint the cause of these problems.
An occasional repair doesn’t mean it’s time to scrap your crane. However, if repairs are becoming a regular ritual or each fix just seems to lead to more problems, it’s probably time to either replace your crane or replace key parts.
Take a look at your crane’s performance data. Has its speed or weight-bearing ability dropped over time? Has operating the crane become more difficult for your workers? While these changes might seem minor at first, they can ultimately affect the effectiveness and profitability of your operation.
If the warranty on a part or system has expired; its best days are probably behind it. Many parts also have manufacturer-recommended replacement timelines. It’s best to replace expired components as soon as possible.
If your crane is structurally strong and free of deterioration or damage, rebuilding could extend its life without sacrificing safety or effectiveness. An overhaul or upgrade might be all you need to minimize malfunctions, increase dependability, comply with safety standards, and protect your operators.
Here are some situations where an otherwise sound crane might be a good candidate for repair/rebuild.
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