Rough terrain cranes are cranes that are mounted on an undercarriage with four large rubber tires. They are designed for off-road applications. They are often called all terrain cranes. In the crane industry, these types of cranes are considered the luxury version of mobile hydraulic cranes. They have the necessary equipment to work on public roads, but can also work on construction and excavation sites.
Terex is one of the biggest manufacturers of rough terrain crane. Their cranes come with three steering modes, easy controls, a comfortable cab with multiple features, a rugged and compact design, and a boom telescoping even under load. They have many different models, including the small RT 230, which has a maximum boom of 94 feet, while the RT 100 has a maximum boom of 174 feet. Grove is another popular manufacturer of rough terrain crane. They feature rugged deep box section frames which can last and perform in even the harshest conditions.
Rough terrain cranes, like all cranes, are controlled from an operator station located on the top of the vehicle. The foot pedals control the pressure being generated by the main pump while the joysticks control forwards and backwards and left and right movements of the boom. Rough terrain cranes need to be operated by a crane operator, which is someone who has gone through the required certification and training courses. Because they usually cannot operate on highways or public roads, rough terrain cranes need to be transported to the job site, where they can then be operated and used to help move materials and perform other job related tasks.
Safety Features & Guidelines
Like all cranes, there are several important safety guidelines to follow for both crane operators and for people working on job sites that are using cranes. Make sure you are fully aware of any potential obstacles on the job site and always be on the look out for hazards. Make sure the area you are working is clear of people and vehicles, but always maintain constant communication with someone who may have better visibility than you do as an operator, and can warn you of any potential safety risks. Always make sure you double check all parts and buttons of the crane before you start working to make sure they are still in working condition. It is much better to have to delay starting the job because you need to replace a part than have the part break while working, which could lead to serious injury.
Pros & Cons
There are several advantages to using a rough terrain crane. They are often used when building bridges, shifting material during large-scale construction projects, and carrying out day-to-day operations in power and chemical plants.
Because of their large and powerful tires, they are able to work in areas where regular mobile cranes, such as crane trucks, may not be able to. They can also support more powerful cranes, making them more useful on larger job sites. Only a few rough terrain cranes can be driven on the road because they cannot get up to high enough speeds, however, and almost all rough terrain cranes are limited to the jobsite because visibility from the cab of the crane may be limited.