Cranes are estimated to have been in use for at least the past 2,000 years, and it is even speculated that some version of cranes may have been used as far back as ancient Egypt. There are many different types of cranes, both stationary and mobile, that have been customized to fit the job that they are needed to do. However, while they are most often used in the transportation and shipping, construction and heavy equipment industries, there is evidence of some more creative ways in which cranes have been used.
A little bit of creativity can allow for cranes to be useful in other ways than for which it was specifically designed, both during its active crane years and beyond. Consider the following two examples.
Lay it down
A crane can be used in and around the house or even as a means to carry out daredevil experiments. Usually, a person with a really tall hedge that may be hard to trim might consider contracting the job to a professional hedge trimming company. If they don't turn up, the next probable step would be to reschedule or call another professional to complete the job. However, two friends in New Zealand figured it was not worth the wait and decided that the job might be best served by attaching a lawn mower to a crane and then hoisting it to the top of the hedge that was over 6 feet tall.
Since one of them suffered a broken hand from the stunt, it may not be something to try at your home. However, it does fall into the category of a strange way to utilize your crane.
Turn around the ....hotel?
Following dismantling, the metal that makes the crane is often recycled. However, your dismantled crane might serve a secondary money making purpose. Another interesting way that a crane has been used is as a hotel room. The crane in question was originally built in 1967 and was in use for almost 30 years until 1996. It was a Harlingen Harbor crane and had spent much of its serviceable years lifting freight in Russia and Scandinavia. However, following its dismantlement, it was then turned into a hotel where the guests are able to rotate the room to access the view of their choice.
With a length of about 55 feet, an accessible height of approximately 147 feet and a view that is described as "amazing," it could certainly be thought to be worth its nightly price tag of about $415.
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