Used Cranes for sale in California


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Cranes are most commonly used to lower and lift large loads to hard-to-reach areas like high-rise buildings, commercial centers, and roofs. Construction cranes are fixed to the ground or mounted on a custom-built vehicle. Fixed cranes can reach higher and handle heavier loads, while the advantage of mobile cranes is their maneuverability.

There are a few different types of mobile cranes, which we’ll cover below:

  • All-Terrain Cranes: As the name suggests, they can be used in many different types of terrains thanks to crab steering and all-wheel drive. 

  • Crawler Cranes: Crawler cranes are mounted on an undercarriage fixed with a set of tracks. Crawler cranes are great for operation on soft ground.

  • Rough Terrain Cranes: Rough terrain cranes are robust machines worthy of usage in rough terrains. Outriggers provide stability for lifting operations using a hydraulic boom and hoist.

  • Telescopic Handler Mobile Crane: The most common attachment in the construction industry and warehouses is a pallet fork. Telehandlers can take palletized cargo from the ground and place them in high places.

Mobile cranes have many advantages, including flexibility, movability, close-fitting, and strength to handle heavy loads.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Truck cranes can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $500,000. Fixed (Tower) Cranes can cost anywhere from $75,000 to $2,000,000.

  • Top mobile crane brands include Komatsu, Caterpillar, Hitachi, Liebherr, Altec, and Sany.

  • Mobile cranes are used for any activity that requires heavy materials to be lifted and placed. This includes construction, roofing, power transmission, HVAC, warehouse management, and wind energy, to name a few.

  • Cranes can weigh between 10 tons for mobile cranes and 300 tons for large fixed cranes.

  • Generally, mobile cranes are powered by one to two engines and a hydraulic powered boom as the primary lifting mechanism. The significant advantage of using mobile cranes is accessing narrow passages. Crane operators sit in a cab with a full view of the boom and a control panel.

  • When buying a used crane, you should consider the machine’s usage, maintenance history, age, repair needs, and DOT certification. Common items that need repair are hydraulics, operator displays, mechanical system, and transport vehicle.

  • Newer cranes are more expensive and in limited supply. When buying a new crane, it’s more likely to pass its first DOT inspection, meaning you can begin operation faster. After buying a used crane, it’s possible that certain parts won’t pass inspection. You can mitigate this risk by buying your used crane from a trusted seller that does complete inspections.

  • Crane operators can make anywhere from $33,000 to $87,000 depending on their experience, the industry they work in, and the type of crane their using (mobile vs. fixed).

  • Since 2018, OHSA has required all crane operators to be trained and certified through the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. Certification includes a written and practical exam. You must be at least 18 years of age and comply NCCCO code of ethics and abuse policy. Check out the full guide here: