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Just some work pics

Discussion in 'Cranes' started by crane operator, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. DMiller

    DMiller Senior Member

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    TOP Heavy and added MORE weight, WHEW! What a ride!!
    Recoverable or junk?
     
  2. crane operator

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    Probably junk. Unless you find a jib someone took off a rt, the jib new would be 40,000+ from grove. A company I used to work for bought a new jib for a 80 ton rt, after it fell off the crane when they were installing it, and it was over $80,000.

    If the main boom is damaged at all, its not cost effective to repair it, plus all the other repairs. A used one like it , depending on years and hours- $150,000-300,000, so if you have to spend $150,000 fixing it, you could have just as well gone and bought one and gone to work. Doesn't look hit hard enough to have damaged the turntable bearing, most likely there is main boom damage where the jib stow brackets jammed into the side of the main boom.

    The cab and panel stuff isn't expensive to fix, it would be the boom, jib, and if there is any engine damage, running and laid on its side. Likely the suspension mounts would be tweaked also.

    Everything that is wrong with it is probably fixable, its just whether you can afford to fix it, compared with buying a running one. I'm sure its just a listing for the insurance company to try to recoup some costs.
     
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  3. Impact

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    We used to road ours with 2 on the deck and 1 swinging. Kept having problems with front tires so now we road with 2 swinging, 1 on the deck. Now we have problems with all the tires. Lol.
     
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  4. crane operator

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    It rained last week after I finished the trusses, so of course someone missed the corner again, they had it gone before I got back. You can see their tracks, they got right between the signs, I bet the rock around my culvert is costing someone a oil pan.

    Set some units Monday morning down at a resort. I tend to grade hills by what gear it takes to get out, most steeper hills in my old 35 are 3rd gear hills, this one is a third gear hill until the last little curve, and right there its a first gear hill. If you don't get into first gear, before that curve point, its a ugly experience. And you're going slow enough already in third, you ain't making a third to first shift. Not that I've rolled back down that hill or anything to get to first. :)

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  5. crane operator

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    Junkyard haul, flatbed for the ford straight truck, a rear lift axle, and some 24.5 aluminum budds. Some frame rail to extend the frame.

    Had to have them dig up a old junk tire because of a rack they didn't cut out of the bottom of the bed, but I still broke out a board on the trailer. The conex wall headache rack is coming off, its pretty flimsy. The rest of the bed is pretty solid.

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  6. crane operator

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    New concrete precast sign for the local college entrance sign. 17,000lbs.

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  7. crane operator

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    Had plenty time to take some pictures, they had to weld it to a bunch of imbeds before I cut loose.

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  8. crane operator

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    Coming down the straightaway, and working it through turn three. Just like nascar, floor it and turn left. :)

    Actually setting light poles at a football field. 70- 95' tall, furthest was 60' away. They didn't want anything on the track, they've been fighting mud and rain all spring and summer. Nowhere else wide enough to set the crane, so on the track it was.

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  9. crane operator

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    The block has always been attached to the dolly with a cable choker, to the d- rings on each side. It can bounce all around back there, and for the previous owners, who knows how many lights they knocked out. I pulled the cable and we're trying a prototype block retainer. Should keep it from slapping the dolly so hard.

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  10. crane operator

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    Pulling a large old air handler unit. We pulled the old one down today, they are redoing the roof and curb tomorrow, going to put up the multipiece new unit saturday morning.

    Gambled and took the old unit down in one piece, but we had to fly up the welder and trailer first.

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    Unit was right on the other side of the stair tower. I could have got off to the side and not have to go over it, but I had plenty of height/ boom length, and less radius= more chart, so I just got close and went right over the stair tower. Running 125' main, 53' radius, 19,800lbs. (once we got it broke loose of the roof). Probably 12-14' wide- 30' long.

    Glad I could get it in one piece, it would have been a pain to get it into smaller pieces to fly them down, now they can scrap it out on the ground.

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  12. colson04

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    That Pete is looking sharp Crane Op. I'm looking forward to seeing how your new Ford project turns out.
     
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  13. crane operator

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    Thank you, it probably looks better in the pics than it does up close. How do the car guys put it? "its a 20 footer". The pete is 50mph er' Looks pretty good going by at 50. :)

    The pete has been earning its keep right now, until we get the straight truck done. Today's job was a pain to get the truck and trailer in, it would have been slick to have the straight truck. All it takes is time....
     
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  14. Welder Dave

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    I'm guessing the counterweights should be carried separately like you're doing with the new crane?
     
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  15. crane operator

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    Depends all on how your state laws and weight permits are. It is made to be removable on that crane and trailered seperately, but its really not any heavier than my old 35 ton and way lighter than my 70 ton which both have non removable counterweight. It is a little better weight distribution wise to put some of the weight on the deck, like impact does with his. So really, its no different going down the road axle weight wise than my 35, although I have a rear air lift axle on mine- my state weight laws are pretty strict. I don't think very many crane companies would be trailering that load separately, its just not that big of crane.

    Probably the biggest difference between my old 35 and that newer 50 ton, is that mine won't run near as fast down the road. Bad things at 60mph being heavy, is much worse than bad things at 40 mph.
     
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  16. Welder Dave

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    I guess newer technology makes things lighter and faster. I had a woman do my taxes a few years ago that her and her husband had an old BE crawler dragline they had to move. Told the truck not to go 30 MPH or it would pound out the rollers in the swing circle. They were following behind. They made a 5 minute pit stop and it seemed to take a while to catch up to truck. The truck was doing 65! I think she said it was a 10 or $15,000 repair to the swing. The normal mover they used wasn't available for that move. I don't think the trucking company contributed anything to repair claiming there's no proof driving faster caused the damage. When they moved the 820 tonne vessel here a few month's ago, I think the average speed was 2 MPH.
     
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    Well that sucks....
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  18. Welder Dave

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    Swing wasn't locked?
     
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  19. DMiller

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    WHOOOWEE!!
     
  20. crane operator

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    He had the boom in a trailering dolly, and the tower/ stand that the boom attaches too- it broke off the dolly. Tower stayed attached to the crane boom. The turntable brake is in free swing. Dolly's are dangerous. Canada did a study on them, and their hazards, I know of several really bad accidents because of them.

    I actually came close to getting it myself with one.

    But boom dolly is the only way to comply with the federal bridge laws here in the U.S. In europe, they don't use the boom dolly's, they have higher allowable axle weights. So there they just put the boom in the rest and down the road they go.
     
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