While certain crane types you may consider renting will come already set-up, such as mobile cranes, there are also many options where setup and takedown will be completed at the jobsite itself. In these situations, it often pays for rental clients to be aware of how this process will go on both ends, both for practicality and timing reasons. 

At Bronson Crane, we’re happy to offer the very best selection of crane rentals in Utah, including full assembly and dismantling of our crane equipment for any job. Why does it pay for crane rental clients to be aware of how these processes work, and what are some of the key elements involved in the rigging, assembly and dismantling needs for any crane? Here’s a primer.

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Why Knowing Crane Setup and Dismantling Processes is Valuable

Firstly, let’s understand why knowing the crane setup and dismantling processes is valuable. Rental clients should be aware of how much time it will take to assemble and/or dismantle a crane for their particular job, so they can factor this in when scheduling out their project timeline. Additionally, if there are any special assembly requirements—such as extra rigging or specific materials needed—these should be addressed ahead of time, so that the client does not incur unnecessary costs.

Finally, it’s important to also consider any safety requirements or regulations associated with assembling and/or dismantling cranes at a jobsite. In most cases, a qualified crane operator will be responsible for this process, but if there are any special circumstances, such as working at higher heights or in difficult terrain, these should be addressed before any work is begun.

Our next several sections will look at the common parts of this process, plus what to consider within each of them.

Transportation of Crane Equipment

The first major step in any crane setup process is the transportation of equipment to the job site. This will involve loading and unloading the crane, depending on whether it’s being transported by truck or rail to its destination. It’s important that rental clients have an understanding of what type of transportation their crane will be using, as well as how much time this step may take.

Larger cranes may require special transportation considerations, such as additional permits or overweight restrictions, which should be determined ahead of time.

Drop-Off Area

While this technically could be part of the prior section, it’s important enough that it deserves its own section. If a crane is being transported by truck, it will need to be taken off at the job site and placed in an area where it can then be rigged and assembled. This area should be cleared of any obstructions, such as other pieces of machinery or debris, so that the crane can safely and easily be moved into it.

The area should also be completely level and firm, so that the crane remains steady and secure. If necessary, a qualified surveyor may be called in to make sure that the chosen drop-off area is suitable for crane assembly.

Assembly of the Crane

Once all the proper steps have been taken to prepare the job site, it’s time for assembly of the crane. This will involve connecting all the necessary parts and components, such as booms, jibs, counterweights and winches. It is important that this step is done carefully and correctly in order to ensure a safe setup.

For heavier cranes that have large parts, smaller mobile cranes may sometimes be used to help assemble them. This is an important consideration that should be taken into account when planning out the assembly procedure.

Once all the connections are in place, the crane should be tested by running it through its paces. This includes performing a few basic lifts and maneuvers, to make sure that all the pieces are working properly.

Rigging the Crane

A major part of the assembly process, one that deserves its own mention, is rigging. This process involves attaching the right lifting equipment to the crane, such as slings, shackles and hoists. It is important that this step is done with care and precision, so that the load is not damaged or compromised in any way.

In some cases, a qualified rigger may be needed to ensure that all the rigging components are installed properly. This is an important consideration that should be taken into account when planning out the assembly and setup process.

Proper Attachment Selection

The final major area that must be covered before the crane can be used is proper attachment selection. In some cases, a particular type of attachment will be required for the job, depending on the size and weight of the load that needs to be lifted. Attachments like hooks, shackles, slings and hoists all come in different sizes and strengths, so it’s important to make sure the right one is chosen.


Finally, after the job is complete, the crane must be disassembled and transported back to its original location. This will involve reversing all the steps from before: unloading the transportation vehicle, taking off all the rigging equipment, and breaking down the crane parts and components.

Once again, it’s important that this process is done with care and precision in order to ensure that the crane is returned in good condition. It may also be necessary to call in a qualified surveyor to make sure that the original drop-off area is properly leveled and ready for the crane’s return.

By following these steps, rental clients will have a better understanding of how the entire setup and takedown process works, from start to finish. For more here, or to learn about any of our crane rental or crane purchase options in Utah, speak to our team at Bronson Crane today.