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About Bob's Crane Service

Full Service Truck Crane Rental

Thank you for your interest in Bob’s Crane Service. Bob’s Crane Service is a full service truck crane rental company. The business was established in 1983, by Bob Turner, and services all of San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside Counties. The various hydraulic cranes available range in capacity from 12 Ton to 350 Ton, with boom lengths from 40’ to 389 ’. Our Owner and Field Service Representatives have extensive experience, 20-30 years each, in all types of crane rental applications. Our crane operators are members of the Operating Engineers Local 12 and longtime employees, whose experience ranges from 10-35 years each. Our customers tell us they appreciate the knowledge, experience, and level of personal attention given to each of their projects.

Our History

Bob Turner founded Bob's Crane Service in 1983. Turner first started his company as a sole owner/operator when he purchased a used Bucyrus Erie 12-ton crane. Prior to going into business for himself Bob had worked in the construction business for a number of years. During this time he went through Operating Engineer's Local 12 Apprenticeship Program, learning to operate a wide range of heavy equipment from dozers to cranes. Finally Bob took a chance, purchased his first crane and started his business. The very day he signed the papers for that first crane, he found work on the Interstate 8 and 67 interchange, a job which lasted nearly a year and a half.

While the beginning of the 90's saw a downturn in construction and the closure of several crane companies, it was the beginning of an upturn for Bob's Crane Service. Bob's company was small and did not have the large inventory that the other companies had, and he was able to weather the tough times. In fact, he was able to purchase several used cranes at auctions as other companies were going through transitions.

At this same time, Bob was beginning to add staff to his business which had primarily been an operation run by himself. He also started to shift the focus of the business from moving trees to construction projects. The company has now done extensive bridgework as well as work on freeways. Among the many projects Bob's Crane Service has been involved with include several projects on Interstate 15, work at San Diego's new Petco Park, surrounding hotels, and work in San Diego's famed Gaslamp District.

The company that started with a single used crane now has an impressive inventory of 30 cranes ranging from 12-ton to 350-ton. Bob is the first to admit that the people working for him and satisfied customers have made the Company the success it is today.

  • Vision & Mission
  • Administration & Crane Operators
  • Services We Offer

The ability to offer quality, reliable, and personalized service to its customers remains an absolute priority! Our customers tell us they appreciate the knowledge, experience and level of personal attention given to each of their projects.

  • Over 30 years of experience in crane rental/construction applications
  • Discuss your unique, difficult, or routine project needs
  • On site consultations available
  • Quotation requests are delivered in a timely manner
  • Customer calls and requests are important and are considered a priority
  • Consistent reliable procedures in Dispatching, Accounting and Communication
  • Prompt issuance of Insurance Certificates & Lien Releases
  • Subcontractor Pre-Qualification Applications
  • Certified Payroll Reports
  • OCIP Enrollment Applications
  • Customer Credit Applications
  • Certified Crane Operators
  • Daily Equipment Inspections
  • Long Term Operator Retention
  • Experienced Operators, most 10-30 Years
  • Operating Engineers Union - Local 12

Bob’s Crane Service provides hourly hydraulic truck cranes and rough terrain crane rental services for a wide range of customer needs, from specialized lifts to common requests.

  • Commercial & Residential Services
  • Jobsite Consultations Available
  • Crane Lift Plans
  • 12 Ton – 350 Ton Cranes
  • Cal OSHA Certified Cranes
  • Certified Crane Operators
  • Certified Riggers
  • Certified Test Weights For Rent

Awards and Certifications

Bob’s Crane Service is dedicated to its Personnel, Customers, and the Public.

Certified Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB)
State of CA - Certified Small Business (SB)
A+ BBB Rating as of 7/19/2010
Member of the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SCRA)
Union Affiliation Operating Engineers - Local 12