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Buying A Second-hand Mobile Harbour Crane

Buying a second-hand mobile harbour crane can be a significant investment, it's essential to consider various factors to ensure you make the right choice.

Buying a second-hand-hand mobile harbour crane can be a significant investment, and it’s essential to consider various factors to ensure you make the right choice. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to buy a second-hand mobile harbour crane.

Mobile Harbour Cranes play a crucial role in efficiently and safely handling cargo in ports and harbours. Whether you are a port operator looking to expand your fleet or a construction company needing heavy lifting capabilities, purchasing a second-hand mobile harbour crane can be cost-effective.

However, navigating the buying process is essential to ensure you make a suitable investment. Our following comprehensive guide will walk you through the key factors, including safety and reliability measures, pricing and negotiation strategies, inspection tips, and maintenance practices for second-hand mobile harbour cranes. By following this guide, you will be well-equipped to make an informed decision and secure a high-quality second-hand mobile harbour crane.

Based on our 40 years in business, Rodson Universal have solid experience buying and selling second-hand mobile harbour cranes worldwide.

Purchasing a second-hand mobile harbour crane can be a complex process. It requires careful consideration of various factors to ensure you make a sound investment. This guide provides essential information to help you navigate the process and make informed decisions. From determining your requirements to inspecting the crane’s condition, we cover all the critical steps involved in purchasing a second-hand mobile harbour crane.

Whether you are a port operator or a logistics professional, this guide will equip you with the knowledge needed to choose the right crane for your operations, ensuring efficiency and productivity in your harbour operations.

Advantages of Second-hand Harbor Mobile Cranes

When it comes to purchasing a mobile harbour crane, opting for a second-hand can bring several advantages:

  1. The cost savings associated with buying second-hand hand equipment can be significant. Second-hand hand cranes are priced lower than brand-new ones, allowing you to acquire a high-quality second-hand mobile harbour crane at a fraction of the cost.
  2. Buying a second-hand hand can provide you with a broader range of options regarding models and specifications, as older models may no longer be in production.
  3. Second-hand hand cranes have already undergone initial wear and tear, making them more reliable in terms of performance and operational capabilities.

As Rodson Universal is an established company with a long history of buying and selling mobile harbour cranes, we have developed a standard process for purchasing mobile harbour cranes. In this blog post, we will share our general guide you can use as a reference when approaching a second-hand mobile harbour crane purchase.

Factors to Consider Before Making a Purchase

Start by understanding your specific needs and the purpose of the mobile harbour crane. Consider factors like the maximum load capacity, lifting height, outreach, and any special features you may require for your operations.

Before purchasing a second-hand mobile harbour crane, several essential factors must be taken into account:

  1. Determine the lifting capacity required for your operations. Consider the maximum weight you typically handle and ensure the crane you choose meets those demands.
  2. Consider the reach necessary, taking into account the size of the vessels or cargo you will be servicing. It is also crucial to assess the available space in your facility to ensure that the second-hand mobile harbour crane can be accommodated comfortably.
  3. Consider any specific features or attachments necessary for your operations, such as spreader bars or grabbers.

Research and Requirements

Visit the Rodson Universal website to explore their range of mobile harbour cranes. Take note of the various models, specifications, and features they offer. Determine your specific requirements in terms of lifting capacity, reach, mobility, and any other specialised features needed for your operations.

The Condition, Performance and Specifications of a Second-hand Mobile Harbour Crane

While purchasing a second-hand mobile harbour crane offers cost advantages, it is crucial to thoroughly assess its condition before making a purchase. Start by inspecting the exterior of the crane for any signs of damage or corrosion. Check the structural integrity by examining the boom, jib, and chassis for cracks or deformities. Additionally, inspect the hydraulic system, including hoses and connections, for leaks or signs of wear. It is also essential to check the electrical system, ensuring that all components are functioning correctly. Lastly, review the maintenance records and service history of the crane to gain insight into its previous usage and any repairs or replacements made.

When purchasing a second-hand mobile harbour crane, it is essential to evaluate its performance and specifications to ensure it meets your operational requirements. Begin by examining the crane’s lifting capacity to ensure it aligns with your cargo handling needs. Assess the maximum reach of the crane, considering the size and layout of your facility.

Additionally, evaluate the crane’s hoisting speed, slewing speed, and acceleration capabilities to ensure it can meet your operational efficiency goals. Furthermore, consider any specific features or technologies offered by the crane, such as anti-sway systems or remote control capabilities, that may enhance productivity and safety.

Ensuring Safety and Reliability in Your Purchase

Safety and reliability should be paramount when purchasing a second-hand mobile harbour crane. Begin by verifying that the crane has undergone regular inspections and certifications to ensure compliance with safety regulations. You must check for safety features such as overload protection systems, emergency stop buttons, and anti-collision devices. Additionally, consider the reputation and experience of the seller. Look for warranties or guarantees offered with the purchase, as they can provide added assurance of the crane’s reliability. Lastly, consult with experts in the field or seek recommendations from trusted sources to ensure the crane meets industry standards and best practices.

Analysing the Pricing and Negotiating Strategies

When purchasing a second-hand mobile harbour crane, it is crucial to analyse the pricing and develop effective negotiation strategies. Begin by researching the market value of similar cranes to gain an understanding of the price range. Consider factors such as age, condition, and specifications when comparing prices. Be prepared to negotiate with the seller, taking into account any repairs or maintenance that may be required. Focus on the value and condition of the crane rather than solely on the price. Additionally, consider bundling the purchase with other equipment or services to negotiate a better deal. Prioritise transparency and open communication with the seller to ensure a fair and mutually beneficial agreement.

The Rodson Expert Tips for Inspecting a Second-hand Mobile Harbour Crane

Inspecting a second-hand mobile harbour crane requires expertise and attention to detail. Consider hiring a qualified inspector specialising in cranes to conduct a thorough examination. Prioritise inspecting critical components such as the hoist, winch, trolley, and slew mechanisms. Pay close attention to any signs of wear, such as loose connections or rust—Utilise non-destructive testing techniques to assess the integrity of critical load-bearing parts. Additionally, consider conducting a test lift to evaluate the crane’s performance under load. When it comes to inspection, we at Rodson Universal can handle crane inspection worldwide.

Request a product demonstration to see their mobile harbour crane in action if possible. It will give you a better idea of its performance and suitability for your needs.

Essential Maintenance Practices for Second-hand Mobile Harbour Cranes

Maintaining a second-hand mobile harbour crane is essential for maximising its lifespan and ensuring optimal performance. Develop a regular maintenance schedule and adhere to it diligently. Conduct thorough inspections after each use, checking for any signs of wear or damage. Grease and lubricate all moving parts regularly to prevent friction and corrosion. Replace worn-out or damaged components promptly to avoid further damage. Train your operators on proper crane usage, emphasising safe practices and regular equipment checks. Lastly, keep accurate records of maintenance activities, repairs, and replacements to aid in future inspections and to maintain a comprehensive history of your crane’s maintenance.

Finalising the Purchase and Post-Purchase Support

Once you have assessed the condition, negotiated the price, and conducted a thorough inspection, it is time to finalise the purchase of your second-hand mobile harbour crane. Ensure all necessary documentation, such as ownership transfer and inspection reports, are properly completed and filed. Review the warranty or guarantee provided by the seller and ensure that the terms and conditions are acceptable to you. Additionally, discuss post-purchase support options with the seller. Determine whether they offer training for your operators, technical support, or access to spare parts. Building a strong relationship with the seller can provide long-term benefits and support for your investment in the second-hand mobile harbour crane.

Making an informed decision when purchasing a second-hand mobile harbour crane requires careful consideration of several vital factors. You can confidently navigate the buying process by understanding the advantages of second-hand hand cranes, evaluating the condition and performance, ensuring safety and reliability, analysing pricing and negotiation strategies, and following expert inspection and maintenance practices. Remember to finalise the purchase with all necessary documentation and seek post-purchase support from the seller to optimise the performance and lifespan of your second-hand mobile harbour crane. With this comprehensive guide, you are well-equipped to make a successful and cost-effective investment in your business’s lifting capabilities.

Financing Options

If needed, you can inquire about financing options or payment plans that Rodson Universal may offer to support your purchase.

Purchase and Delivery

Once you’ve made your decision, finalise the purchase through Rodson Universal and let us arrange for the delivery and installation of the mobile harbour crane at your location.

You must ensure your crane operators receive proper training and certification on using the specific crane model. 

Please keep in mind that this is a general guide, and the specific process for purchasing a mobile harbour crane may vary. We are here to help you through the entire process personally handled by our Managing Director, Connie Sullivan. 


Purchasing a second-hand mobile harbour crane is not just a financial decision but a strategic one that requires a thorough understanding, meticulous inspection, and an eye for detail. These cranes play a pivotal role in harbour operations, ensuring efficiency, safety, and versatility in cargo handling. When approached correctly, buying a second-hand crane presents a cost-effective solution, offering robust performance at a fraction of the price of a new model.

By considering factors like safety, reliability, pricing, and maintenance, you can maximize the value and longevity of your investment. Rodson Universal’s rich legacy in this domain reinforces the importance of expertise and the value of informed decision-making. With a well-rounded perspective, as provided in this guide, port operators and logistics professionals can confidently expand their fleet, knowing they’re making a sound, beneficial investment for their operations.

If you are in the market to sell a used mobile crane, our blog post from June 2023 would maybe be a useful read; Ready To Sell Your Used Mobile Harbour Crane?

Contact Rodson Universal and Let Us Find Potential Second-hand Mobile Harbour Cranes

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