Rough Terrain Cranes - A Productive Solution for Tough Jobsites

A rough terrain crane is the choice of many hardworking industries as it is capable for any jobsite.

Unlike other cranes in its class, a rough terrain crane provides reliable service without compromising on power and security. At Scott-Macon Equipment, we offer rough terrain cranes for rent or sale based on your needs.

Advantages of Rough Terrain Cranes 

A number of design advantages make rough terrain cranes capable of maneuvering over surfaces and around obstacles that limit the movement of rubber-tire truck cranes and track hoe cranes. Rather than three or more axles -- like most rubber-tire truck cranes have, -- rough terrain cranes have two, hyper-sized axles. Both axles have a differential to propel the wheels which means rough terrain cranes are all-wheel drive. Rough terrain cranes also have over-sized tires which are significantly wider and larger in diameter than those found on a typical radial-tire truck crane.

Contemporary rough terrain cranes have three steering modes: front-wheel steering, all-wheel centric steering and all-wheel crabbing. These three steering modes give a rough terrain crane the ability to maneuver over uneven ground, up and down steep grades, over muddy and snowy terrain, and over obstacles. In addition to the tires, rough terrain cranes have a wider wheel base and larger engines than truck cranes.

While a rough terrain crane does not have the traction of a track hoe crane, it has a number of other advantages. Over-extending, H-pattern hydraulic outriggers mean a rough terrain crane also has a wider center of gravity than both rubber-tire cranes and track cranes. Each outrigger works independently which means a rough terrain crane can level itself even when the ground beneath the machine is sloped or uneven. The narrow body of a standard crane means the center of gravity is elevated which equates to instability. As most track cranes do not have outriggers, the stability of a rough terrain crane makes it far more useful on a rugged jobsite.

Rough Terrain Cranes Compared to Others

A rough terrain crane features a host of advantages over numerous other types of cranes. Compared to truck cranes, rough terrain cranes offer:

  • Better steering capabilities, traction and power
  • Lower center of gravity
  • Larger tires for better control
  • Tighter turn radius maneuverability
  • All-wheel drive and steering

All-wheel drive and all-wheel steering allow a rough terrain crane to turn tight corners on sloppy, uneven, slick, steep, obstacle strewn job sites. Markedly more weighty outriggers mean an operator does not have to concern himself with the level or consistency of the ground, something the operators of both truck and track cranes must consider. It should also be taken into account that both move around a jobsite exceedingly slow in relation to a rough terrain crane, even when the ground is level and dry.


Scott-Macon Equipment Rough Terrain Cranes

As a leading distributor of Terex® cranes, Scott-Macon Equipment provides numerous Terex® Rough Terrain Cranes for rent or sale. Scott-Macon Equipment is also a dealer for the Broderson 15-ton rough terrain crane, the Tadano Mantis line of rough terrain cranes, and Galion rough terrain cranes. 


We invite you to contact us, request a quote, and receive more information regarding our selection of rough terrain cranes for rent or sale. 

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