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Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by Truck Shop, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. Paul Council

    Paul Council Senior Member

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    I am ashamed to admit this. But I left my crane up on my service truck and drove 30 miles. I only noticed when I had stopped for a bathroom break and was walking back to my truck and to my horror it was up in the air. What happened was, I would put my ladder over the pedestal and lower the crane down to prevent it from being stolen. While in the process of this my phone rang and I forgot what I was doing and drove off. After this and losing numerous tools I will do a walk around and make sure that tools are put away, the crane is down and outriggers up, and all doors shut and secure.
     
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  2. DMiller

    DMiller Senior Member

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    Got to admit have lost a few screwdrivers, and a socket or two, but NOT drove down the road with a Boom Up!!!!
     
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  3. Old Doug

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    I had a small crane it was all hand operated and i think stuck out about 3 feei when it was turned to the side. I used a chain hoist on it and would hock a rachet strap to the bed when not in use and remove the chain hoist. I was heading home after dark down a street and heard a bang. The crane wasnt tied back and it hit a no parking sign. It bent it a little every time i seen the sign i thought about it but some one hit it last mouth and broke it off.
     
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  4. mitch504

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    Worst thing I ever did was with my first service truck, when I was about 21 y/o. I used to carry my tool box just inside the tailgate with a strap around it. Open the tailgate and you could open the drawers.

    One day, I forgot to put the tailgate up. I made it a few miles out to the main highway. There was traffic on the road I was pulling on to, so I gunned it away from the stop sign, and WHAM, flipped my box into the road. Thankfully, it stayed in the side road. It seems like I picked up sockets for hours, but the only things I missed were my 1/4 AND 3/8 drive 10mms.

    On edit: If I ever find where whack is so I can get in it, I'm sure it's going to be full of 10mm wrenches and sockets.
     
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  5. Truck Shop

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    A common thing that's bypassed by tow trucks and towing from the rear. Checking and making sure hood is latched. I have been lucky I always check. When the wind catches it and flips it open
    at speed some bad things usually happen.
     
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  6. Truck Shop

    Truck Shop Senior Member

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    He's a smoooooooooooooth operator.

     
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  7. DMiller

    DMiller Senior Member

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    Almost got the crane a bath
     
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  8. John C.

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    Operating on the edge of the chart?
     
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  9. DMiller

    DMiller Senior Member

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    Thinking OFF the Chart
     
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  10. DMiller

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    He may have had the weight, barely, then need to boom down to clear the spud, BAD Choice if that is where he was.
     
  11. dieseldog5.9

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    Did they make a chart for that vintage link belt? I thought they went by pucker factor:(
     
  12. Truck Shop

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    That's a baker spud he had to clear.

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  13. kshansen

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    Needs to add a bit of lead to that chart before doing it again!
     
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  14. Knepptune

    Knepptune Senior Member

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    Well it’s a good thing he had free fall on the winch. Edge of his chart and swung over the side. Crane is longer then it is wide. Just cause you can pick it over the toes doesn’t mean you can over the side.
     
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  15. Truck Shop

    Truck Shop Senior Member

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    Well you guys got to remember a boat is only a hole in the water.
     
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  16. DMiller

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    Yeah, that try to fill with Money!!! That Spud is likely what he had to clear from his shorts!
     
  17. Truck Shop

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    I like watching cranes drop expensive objects like locomotives.

     
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  18. DMiller

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    NOT Pretty but pretty intense!
     
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  19. DMiller

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    I get a laugh of these even as Not Funny as to down hill

     
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  20. old-iron-habit

    old-iron-habit Senior Member

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    "OK Honey, We are clear the piers. Lets get back to the cabin. Autopilot, you got the wheel."
     
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