People always wanted to reach new heights. Frequently, that really implied going as high as possible with the tools available. Therefore, it is no surprise that the first crane-like equipment was used already in Mesopotamia in 3000 BC. It was only a couple thousand years later, during the Industrial revolution, when people finally got a chance to experience the joys of moving heavy things without using that much force. Sir William Armstrong designed a water-powered hydraulic crane in 1838, which worked on basic physics principles yet proved to be super-efficient. His inventions gradually became more complex and carried a lot more weight. Nowadays, cranes are mostly used in construction, manufacturing and transportation (which is definitely our point of interest) because of their lift power.

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