Ideal Crane Rental, Inc. was founded in 1973 by Bob Kalhagen in Madison, WI with one one crane purchased from a former employer. His brother Ron joined him a few years later as a second operator and the business grew from there. Over the years, owners Bob and Lori Kalhagen have not only built an impressive rental and sales inventory but have added key services that have made Ideal Crane the full service rental and purchase solution it is today.

In the mid 1980s Ideal Crane became a forklift dealer and expanded into equipment rental. With the continual addition of equipment like scissors lifts, boom lifts and a larger variety of cranes, Ideal was able to grow with their customers. Fleet service and local trucking was also added to become the full service lifting specials they are today.

Ideal Crane has come a long way over the course of 45 years to include six locations throughout Wisconsin and almost 100 employees. The Kalhagen family is proud to continue the tradition of being a family run Wisconsin business and to serve our customers with the same values and dedication our customers have come to expect after four decades.


Don't hesitate to give us a call at 800.825.0640

Book A Rental

Ideal Crane is your one stop equipment rental shop for your next big job. Our experienced sales team will assist in getting your the right equipment for the job.  We will even deliver to your job site.

Looking To Buy

Ideal Crane has an extensive inventory for sale. Whether your are looking for cranes, forklifts or aerial platforms our sales staff will assist you every step of the way.