The overhead lifting crane has perhaps been one of the most important inventions in all of human history. Most of humankind’s dazzling architectural marvels would not have been possible without this simple technology that dates back at least to the ancient Greeks. It is interesting to think that, after all these centuries, we still haven’t come up with a better way to lift heavy objects. If you think I’m wrong, then you should try this: call up a construction company and ask them if they can build you a house without using a crane.
The crane is first known to have existed among the ancient Greeks. Archaeologists have determined the presence of cranes by looking at their construction methods. However, written evidence exists as well. The renowned Greek inventor Heron (who invented many other things including the coin-operated vending machine and the first steam engine) designed a two-masted crane which was essentially just an improved rope and pulley system powered by animals or a powerful ground winch. This machine was documented in his book “Mechanics”. If you really want to get into the complexities of Heron’s classic work, here is the complete text.
Before getting into this list of the biggest cranes on earth, I should mention that if you are looking for crane operating services Idaho, there are some excellent companies there with great reputations. They may not have any of the biggest cranes on earth, but of course most purposes don’t require a crane of ridiculous size.
Let me begin by saying that there is no one largest crane on earth, because there are so many different types of cranes. So here are the largest that I can find record of:
Let’s start with the world’s biggest mobile crane. The winner in this category is the Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1. Just take a look at this thing!. This monster has 9 axles and 9 sets of wheels. Its maximum load capacity is about 1200 tons and its telescopic boom extends a full 100 meters. Hard to believe that an object as long as a football field can be made mobile.
And also from Liebherr, we might examine the LR 13000, which is probably the world’s largest crawler crane. The main difference between this crane and the other is that this one is on tracks like a bulldozer or a tank. As this one is used mainly for the construction of power plants, it can lift incredibly heavy loads. It can lift up to 3000 tons up to a maximum height of 245 meters.
But perhaps the craziest one of all is the Faralda Crane Hotel in Amsterdam. This is a very old crane that has been preserved as a historic landmark. Recently, a hotel was built into the structure in order to provide a unique hotel experience. The entire crane rotates slowly in the wind, and you can even bungee-jump right from your hotel room. This one is a pricy experience for those who want something a little different. This hotel is so prestigious that there are only 3 suites.
Although we still haven’t managed to surpass this ancient Greek invention, we have certainly managed to scale it up.