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Bought a Bucyrus Erie 30B lattice boom 60 ton crane

Discussion in 'Cranes' started by ichudov, Jun 1, 2021.

  1. skyking1

    skyking1 Senior Member

    Nov 3, 2020
    hire an operator. Find the right guy and he can show you, but screw the idea of watching a video. That will get you into trouble.
  2. Tugger2

    Tugger2 Senior Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    British Columbia
    What do you plan to do with it? The worst thing you can do with a friction crane is to try and run it and a business together. They are simple to run , but they demand your un interupted attention.Get some help to set it up in a corner of your yard and play with it.
  3. ichudov

    ichudov Senior Member

    Oct 18, 2014
    United States
    Thanks. I am not sure what I will do with it. I have a machinery moving/rigging business, and mostly do scrap metal (heavy equipment removal for scrap) nowadays. I do have an RT crane that I learned to operate.
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  4. Cmark

    Cmark Senior Member

    Jan 2, 2009
    I'm not a complete expert on these things but I do have some exposure to them. Brief instructions for dismantling the boom;

    • Lower the boom to the ground and rest the cathead on a block of wood.
    • Continue to lower until there is plenty of slack in the pendant ropes.
    • Un-reeve the hook block and wind the rope back onto the drum.
    • Un-pin the pendant ropes. It's useful to tie them to their respective boom sections for transport with bits of rope. Don't get the pendant ropes mixed up. They come as a pair of matched length.
    • Pin the last pendants to the boom foot section.
    • Gently take the weight of the boom with the boom hoist rope.
    • Support the base of the cathead on something (oil drum, typically) and unbolt it from the boom.
    • Take the weight of the remaining boom sections with a crane and unbolt them.
    • When you have just the boom foot left, drive the crane up to the cathead, bolt it on and attach the pendants.
    • Position the boom over the sections you removed. Chain the sections to the boom, lift them up and you're ready to go.
    If you do decide to move the boom sections and cathead separately on a truck, use caution driving the crane onto the float. It will be back heavy and quite tippy.
    RBMcCloskey, Nige, ichudov and 2 others like this.
  5. GOOG

    GOOG Active Member

    Feb 18, 2019
    Farmingdale, NJ
    So how did you make out with moving the new machine? Get her home? I move mine in one piece. She's sporting 70' of stick and a drag bucket.
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