When it comes to lifting operations, mobile cranes and tower cranes both have their benefits. If you are considering hiring a crane for an upcoming job, you may be unsure about which type of crane to hire. There’s a lot to consider when hiring a crane and its important that you choose the right crane for the task.


Tower cranes are the largest cranes in the world. If your job entails reaching extreme heights, hiring a tower crane might be the best option for you. Tower cranes offer a height capacity than can’t be matched by other types of cranes, including mobile cranes. They can also lift and load far more than other cranes, making them perfect for large-scale building projects.

When you hire a tower crane with the right crane-hire company, you will be offered a trained, qualified appointed person. You won’t have to worry about maintenance costs, and the tower crane can be transported to your site.

However, for most lifting operations, there are many advantages to hiring a mobile crane instead of a tower crane.


There are various types of mobile cranes available to hire. Each with their own advantages. Mobile cranes, in general, are spectacular pieces of machinery with many uses. They can be used adversely across a variety of industries.

Altida mobile crane


Of course, the biggest difference between mobile cranes and tower cranes is that one is mobile, and one is not. Mobile cranes are not fixed in one position like tower cranes. Instead, they can be easily moved from one place to another within a site.

They can also be easily driven from one site to another. Mobile cranes are road-worthy vehicles meaning they can also be used to transport materials as well as for lifting operations.

These cranes are particularly beneficial on busy sites or in urban areas where there are many obstructions. Mobile cranes can go almost anywhere and only need a small amount of space to operate safely.


Mobile cranes are incredibly compact. Their small size means they can easily manoeuvre into tight spaces and can be used on smaller sites, this is particularly beneficial on sites in city centres. Because they are so small, mobile cranes can also be stored easily.

Despite their compact size, mobile cranes are incredibly strong and versatile. Mobile cranes often feature multiple attachments, meaning they can safely perform various tasks. If you have various lifting operations with different sized loads, hiring a mobile crane will be the perfect solution for you.


The set-up time is another big difference between hiring tower cranes and hiring mobile cranes. Tower cranes take longer to set up and it usually requires more site workers to get erect the tower crane. Whereas mobile cranes are known for their quick set up time.

Because a mobile crane requires little to no set-up, you can save time and get your task completed sooner.


Hiring a mobile crane is more cost-efficient in comparison to hiring a tower crane. This again relates to the set-up time and the number of labourers required. Building a tower crane and ensuring it is safe to carry out lifting operations is a lengthy task in itself, which requires many labourers. Dismantling and removing a tower crane is also a lengthy process. This is additional time and labourers that you will have to pay for.

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A mobile crane, on the other hand, involves less set-up time and doesn’t require many labourers. If you only need to hire a crane for a short amount of time, a mobile crane is definitely the best and more cost-efficient option.


Although tower cranes are exceptional pieces of machinery for large-scale construction projects, there are very few lifting jobs that would require a tower crane rather than a mobile crane. Mobile cranes are extremely versatile and flexible.

At Altida, we offer an extensive range of mobile cranes for hire that is sure to meet any needs that you may have. If you’re unsure of which mobile crane to hire, we can do a FREE site survey and advise you on which crane would be best.

We keep our mobile cranes in tip-top condition, so you can rely on having the right equipment, in full working order to do the job when you need it.


Here at Altida, we are experts in everything to do with lifting and can make the process of hiring mobile cranes or tower cranes simple.

We can offer a free, no-obligation site survey and can give you advice on which type of crane is best for your site. We can also generate a thorough and detailed method statement for you.

Whether you are planning a large construction job or a small-scale event; we have the right crane hire service for you. We will do all we can to ensure the safety of your lifting operations.

Get in touch with us at sales@altida.co.uk or call 01246 261915. Or, you can fill in the contact form here.