Crane Testing with Steel Weights

Serving Virginia
Hydro-Wates® provides proof load testing services and water bags to buy or rent to companies across the U.S. and throughout the world

Hydro-Wates® provides crane, hoist and beam proof load testing services using steel test weights in applications where low headroom, restricted access or limited test area prevent the use of water test weights. In many cases they can be more economical than using water test weights, particularly for smaller machines. Steel weights are well suited for testing the following lifting appliances:

  • Low headroom cranes
  • Small overhead hoists running on I-beams trollies
  • Small jib cranes
  • Cranes located in confined spaces
  • Building elevators
  • Construction elevators
  • Manlifts
  • Forklifts


Hydro-Wates® maintains an extensive inventory of steel test weights, with carrier baskets and lift stands. Our individual steel test weights range in size from 25 lbs up to 2,500 lbs, with the larger weights configured to enable stacking on lift stands.

steel weight crane testing
Load Testing Jib Crane with Steel
Weights in 2,000 lb WLL Basket

All of our weight carrying stands and baskets have been designed and engineered by licensed professional engineers, and are provided with extensive certification packages. All weight carrying appliances have been proof load tested to a minimum of 200% of working load limit (WLL). Each individual test weight can be provided with a scale weight certificate traceable to ASME and NIST standards. The advantages of steel test weights include:

  • Low working height, to enable use in limited headroom applications
  • Proof load tested carrier baskets and lift stands to ensure operator safety
  • Compact and capable of being moved into tight spaces, using rollers, if necessary
  • Can be lifted using shackles and other standard rigging hardware
  • Stackable in capacities up to 10 tons
  • Smaller test weights (50 lb) can be hand carried by technicians into restricted areas
steel weight load testing
6.5 Tons of Steel Test Weight on Lift Stand


Our steel test weights are suitable for use in many industries, including: oil & gas, maritime, power generation, construction, and military. We can also design, engineer and fabricate custom lift frames to suit your very specific project application.

To learn more or inquire about steel test weight equipment and on-site services, please contact a member of Hydro-Wates® customer service team by phone or email today!

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