Material Handling Cost Savings

Understand the Self Erector Advantage

Self erecting tower cranes are a mainstay of the construction industry around the world and are now quickly taking hold in North America.

These cranes offer significant advantages for hoisting and material handling on all forms of construction projects when compared to conventional tower cranes, mobile cranes and forklifts which are in current use today.

Compare the savings on a 4 month, three story construction project:

Project Components Cost
Rent a self erecting crane $40,000
Eliminate these costs  
4 framers at $4,000/month each $64,000
Off road forklift at $3,750 month $15,000
Mobile crane for trusses $3,000
Laborers for masonry work $3,000
Extra roads around building $6,000
Stone slinger for pea gravel around site $4,000
Pump truck costs for colums, footings & walls $4,000

Total costs $99,000

Net savings to contractor $59,000
All totaled the general contractor saved $59,000 in just 4 months.

Providing the same general contractor did three similar projects per year, his net savings for having chosen a self erecting crane would have amounted to $177,000!

It is this type of decisive shift in cost management and profitability that can be leveraged to show the value of using self erecting cranes. Self erect cranes are a new benchmark in construction systems and are historically different than what is “typical” of the North American construction industry. As we continue to expand our dealings throughout North America, we are proud to be a part of spreading the awareness, value and availability of the self erect crane.

Other important things to consider…

If your project is 12 stories or less and you were going to use a conventional tower crane, significant additional cost reductions are now possible.

A single self erecting crane can act to displace a tower crane on projects up to 12 stories tall.

As you may or may not know, it is extremely expensive to erect, operate and dismantle a tower crane.

Typically costs are:

  • $15,000 – $20,000 to erect and dismantle
  • $15,000 – $20,000 throughout a 4 month project for 3 phase power installation and service
  • $10,000 – $25,000 for the concrete base
  • Plus the very high costs of tower crane operators and riggers

All of these costs can be significantly reduced if you use a self erecting crane instead of a tower crane on projects under 12 stories in height.

To find out how you can take advantage of the new cost management and profitability option, contact your local San Marco dealer.

To review becoming a member of our dealership network please contact us toll free at 1-877-852-2192.

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