- Jan 23, 2012
- Lincoln UK
I mis spoke. I meant 400 size to include 470 Volvos, 490 Komatu etc. Just too lazy to type all that out, but ... you forced my hand. It's hard for me to trust others when it comes to erecting equipment on site. Sketchy methods, quality of rigging, did the operator go out and get "lit up" the night before. I'm getting too old to be someone else's "whoopsie or 'my bad' " I can't scramble out of the way like before. That's why I prefer self-erecting machines .I've never seen one on a 400 size machine. They all seem to have started with 450 and up. Around here I see lots of 400 sizes moved complete. Next size up always has the stick and counterweight removed and the track frames pushed in. If there was a crane available, I always preferred it over the machine loader.
That's all well and good, unless the mfr neglected to incorporate any lift eyes. Then you get to hunt for rigging. Tap out the holes, fit the lift rings, blah blah blah. Then you find out it's an obscure fine thread that no one makes a tap for and has to come from overseas with a 2 month lead time. No thank you.Self loading counterweights always leave nearly as much structure in the way as having a fixed counterweight.
I'd rather just take them out of the way