A cartoon of a boom truck doing heavy equipment liftingAs you know, there are tons of machinery that were designed specifically for hoisting and heavy equipment lifting. Operating them involves understanding load charts, including considerations like lift radius, machine capacity, ground conditions, even wind speed. The evolution of these heavy equipment lifting machines over the years has been incredible, and it’s becoming easier and easier to lift enormous equipment. We’ll give you more ideas on how to lift heavy equipment as efficiently and safely as possible.

Equipment used to lift heavy objects

Boom TruckA boom truck used to do heavy equipment lifting.

You’ve definitely seem boom trucks around town, like bucket booms for repairing telephone wires. Construction boom trucks, though, are at sites to lift much heavier equipment - as they can lift anywhere from 10 tons to 50 tons, depending on the size of the truck. They’re also great for horizontal heavy equipment lifting and transporting for tight spaces.


Of course, you’ve got many different types of cranes. You can use jib cranes, like within workshops, or tower cranes (what you typically see working on high buildings). We’ll run you through specific types below:

Conventional Truck Cranes

These are great for erecting steel, and you’ll commonly see them in projects for parking garages and bridge assemblies. They can often lift between 200-300 US tons, depending on the size you rent.

Crawler Cranes 

The biggest difference between crawler cranes and others is they don’t have an outrigger. They are quite versatile, and quicker to set up than other cranes (they do have to be transported to the site, though). They can lift between 40-3500 US tons.

Hydraulic Truck Cranes

Hydraulic cranes rely on oil, as opposed to winches, to operate. They are lightweight and flexible, and often used in projects like short-term construction, rescue missions and transporting boats (and whales, like for aquarium needs!).

Rough Terrain Cranes

As you guessed, these are best for off-road and rough application jobs. They are best for pick & carry applications and large scale construction projects. They can lift from 18-130 US tons.

Heavy Equipment Lifting Safety

As you can imagine, lifting materials that weigh over 50 US tons can come with many safety implications. It’s often lack of awareness and limited knowledge of safe working methods that lead to many issues with crane operators and material handlers. There are many causes for crane failure as well as ways to ensure on-site safety. Working with a professional lifting company, who has a firm understanding of best practices for safe crane operation, can prevent—or minimize—many on-site hazards.

Heavy Lifting Equipment Companies

Running a construction job, you’ve got so many things to account for. Part of that massive process is making sure not only that the heavy equipment and machines arrive on time, but that you’re able to lift and transport them around the site when you need to. We often recommend bringing in a company to perform these lifting services for you, so you don’t have to worry about efficiency (like safe transporting and scheduling) or safety issues.