Delivery of sale containers is most frequently carried out by vehicles fitted with cranes. Often broadly called Hiab’s which is a manufactures name for these Lorry mounted Hydraulic cranes, rather like Hoover is to vacuum cleaners.
These cranes have a wide range of weight lifting capabilities and lift reaches and can be mounted on very small vehicles, such as four-wheeler flatbed Lorries or mega axle articulated vehicles and trailers.
Providing the ground is stable they can often lift over walls, hedges or on top of existing containers, but it is essential the correct size crane and vehicle is selected for the specific requirement on the day. So always provide as much information as possible and supply the nearest postcode and contact phone number to the area the container is to be delivered. It may be determined that you need a mobile crane!
The presently available Internet Satellite viewing is so easy to use that the supplier can often talk to you over the telephone while viewing your destination and discuss potential obstacles which helps prevent problems in abandoned lifting and wasted journey’s which, if you could have avoided by supplying the correct information will be charged to you. Our agents are there to help you and want the delivery to go smoothly, so talk to them and give as much information as is necessary.
The most common causes of delivery problems are overhead cables, low hanging tree boughs, narrow or curved drives, tight gateways, parked cars, weak bridges, drains, manhole covers.
The vehicle driver on arrival will position the vehicle as near to eventual landing place as can be achieved, and he will then need to put out his outrigger landing legs. Usually 4’ to 5’ from a vehicle this is to maintain balance when lifting the container. The ground will need to be firm; vehicles will not go on soft ground! The container will also need to be on solid ground as it may sink during wet periods and if it becomes distorted due to not being level the doors will be hard to open or impossible to shut.