Potain cranes across the globe and currently manufactures more than 60 models. At the moment, Potain has three families of tower cranes. The smallest are the self-erecting cranes, while the top-slewing cranes are bigger and have a higher capacity. If your project requires more massive machinery, Potain can custom-design a special application crane that will suit your job perfectly. Before you decide on a crane for your next job site, read on for the essential considerations when obtaining a Potain crane.
1. What are the benefits of using a Potain crane?
Potain cranes are some of the best products on the market due to their reliability, comprehensive service, ability to work on big projects, and excellent design that makes them easy to transport. What is more, Potain cranes are known for their innovations, such as the Ultraview Cab and the LVF series of hoists. Generally, some of the most used Potain cranes are the older models such as POTAIN 426, 428, 643, 646. These Potain cranes are often used in the construction industry, as well as in wineries, metal plants, shipyards, and storage yards.
2. What is the difference between the three families of Potain cranes?
The three families of Potain cranes are self-erecting tower cranes, top-slewing cranes, and special application cranes. Here are some of their differences:
- Self-Erecting Tower Cranes. Easy, quick, and completely autonomous, self-erecting tower cranes are ideal for smaller construction sites that have various needs for transportation, constructing, and dismantling. In this family are the Hup, Igo, Igo M, and Igo T ranges of cranes.
- Top-Slewing Cranes. These are suited for sites that are high up, cramped, or dispersed. The top-slewing cranes enable you to raise and allocate weights by utilizing different technologies, such as horizontal displacement of the trolley or by elevating the jib. These types of cranes include the MCT, the MDT CCS, and the MR range.
- Special Application Cranes: Using their nearly 70 years of experience, Potain will design and manufacture more giant tower cranes for special applications, including dams, bridges, shipyards, power plants, and high-rise steel buildings.
3. How do I choose the right Potain crane?
When you are considering obtaining a Potain crane for your job site, you need to consider your budget, as well as the dimensions, complexity, and degree of engineering involved in the project. Moreover, you also need to consider the locale’s safety standards and the shipping costs that are associated with transporting the crane. When choosing a Potain crane, make sure to take into account the hook height and the maximum capacity, as well as the minimum boom acceptable and tip load. Make sure you know how the crane is going to be built and whether or not you have access to reliable mobile cranes that can help with the erection of the Potain crane. In some cases, it may be best if you can have a climbing cage, mainly if you will be operating the Potain crane from far away.
You may also require a double reeve for hoisting purposes. A double reeve will increase the capacity, but you may be able to save money by purchasing a smaller model. Consider the foundation and whether or not it can be done by anchor, by static chassis (frequently), or by translational chassis. Last but not least, examine the additions, such as a cabin, remote control, wall ties, anti-collision systems, and operator hoisting.
4. How do I get the best value for a used Potain crane?
One of the best ways to get a Potain crane is to opt for a used self-erecting crane, as the resale market for Potain cranes is strong. If this is the route you wish to take, make sure you are thinking of both the present and the future. In other words, what will you do with the crane once you have completed the project? Do you have more jobs that will require it, or will you have to sell it to a third party? If this is the case, is it best to buy one with all the features? Before you agree to purchase a used Potain crane, make sure you have test results for all the mechanical systems, the engine, and the hydraulic systems control.
You also want to conduct a visual inspection and have a professional maintenance specialist check the appearance, as well as any brakes, leaks, missing parts, and rust. Make sure to ask the seller how long the crane has been without operation; this will give you a more in-depth insight into the current state of the crane. The maintenance schedule we’ve implemented at Active Crane Hire covers all of the above elements so we are able to guarantee the performance of our used cranes for sale. Have you ever used a Potain crane on one of your job sites? If so, what was the experience like? How do you decide which model is the right one for the project? Let us know your tips and any relevant insights in the comments below!
AUTHOR BIO Hermann Buchberger is the Founder and CEO of Active Crane Hire (ACH). He’s taken the company from start-up to Industry Leader offering the largest fleet of construction cranes in Australia. ACH launched a new type of crane previously unheard of in the Australian market: electric tower cranes. The company’s infrastructure and associated services now comprise a fleet of trucks and trailers, a crane-rigging team, mobile crane technicians, a fleet of service vehicles, and an extensive range of crane spare parts.