Two crucial aspects need to be considered when weighing up options to purchase a crane: the maximum handling rates of the crane and its total intended duration of use, also referred to "service life".
While great importance is placed to the maximum handling rates in the decision to purchase, too little focus is placed on an assessment of the crane’s service life.
When a component or an entire unit is excessively overloaded, it will fail at once. However, by far the more relevant cause of the damage is failure of the crane due to use beyond its service life. That’s why it is very important to take into consideration the service life of the crane before purchasing.