Seasoned HVAC contractors know that lifting heavy materials like AC units, pipes, and more is all part of the job. These lofty and bulky items are normally too difficult to move with manpower alone, so you really need some heavy duty machinery to get the job done right. This is why we recommend that commercial HVAC contractors look into crane rentals whenever they win a big job. At B&M Tower, we have experience working with clients from a range of different industries, including many HVAC contractors, so we are prepared to advise you on crane types and how various models may work better for one project compared to another.
What Kind Of Crane Do I Need?
For HVAC purposes, you will most likely want to opt for a boom truck crane. This type of crane is mounted on a truck, making it very easy to drive the crane from point to point. Some other crane types will require separate transportation services, but these are likely overboard for HVAC contractors needs. Most HVAC projects are located on sites that have even ground, so you will not necessarily need a rough or all terrain crane that can be a bit of a hassle to transport. The familiar truck chassis allows for easy handling of the crane during transport and while on the job site.
This truck-mounted crane requires minimal rigging so you can essentially get straight to work once your crane arrives at the job site! HVAC clients typically will prioritize cranes with minimal set-up since it is not normally in their repertoire of skills. The boom truck is great for these situations where you can simply drive the crane to your site and get started lifting right away. Another reason to choose a boom truck crane for your HVAC needs is that this crane type can carry out multiple functions easily. The boom truck can lift your heavy equipment and materials to top stories of construction sites using the extensive boom and jib set-up. It can also hoist personnel if needed to reach any installation sites that are not easily accessible.
At B&M Tower, we carry multiple boom trucks with load capacities of up to 50 tons! This is certainly enough weight capacity for HVAC materials, so depending on your project’s needs you can choose the model that will best suit your situation. For smaller scale projects, we like to recommend the Manitex 35124C boom truck. This truck mounted crane has a load capacity of 35 tons with a boom height of 124 feet and an additional jib length of 31 feet. One level above this option is the National NBT45 with 45 tons of weight capacity, a boom height of 142 feet, and a maximum jib length of 55 feet. Our heartiest truck-mounted crane is the Manitex TC50155TS. This boom truck can lift up to 50 tons, and has a boom height of 155 feet with a maximum jib length of 39 feet. This model is what we recommend for large scale construction or industrial projects that require a heavy punch of power, and a large reach.
Think B&M For All Your HVAC Crane Needs
If you are an HVAC contractor who is dealing with heavy or bulky commercial AC units, we welcome you to contact B&M Tower for help finding a crane that can work for you. As you can see, the boom truck is usually our first choice for HVAC clients because it is compact, versatile, and can be driven on public roads. The boom truck is great for installation of new units, but we also have contractors who use this crane to remove old units. We have found that for most HVAC needs, this truck-mounted crane is the top option.
As with most projects, you really want to make sure you equip yourself with the proper tools before jumping into business. This is why we urge you to discuss the details of your HVAC contract with one of our experienced crane technicians. We want nothing but the best for our clients, and we would hate for you to jump into a crane rental that may not perfectly suit your situation. Flushing out the details with a knowledgeable and skilled member of our staff is the best way to ensure that when you arrive on site, everything goes as planned. Whatever your project may be, we are ready to work with you and find a crane that can meet your needs. Feel free to browse our website and get more familiar with all the cranes we have available, or reach us via phone or email to answer any of your questions!