Caldwell supplies truck crane-compatible lifter
May 24, 2021 By Crane & Hoist Canada Staff
Kentuckiana Wire Rope and Supply, a regional branch of Fulcrum Lifting, has supplied 1-ton capacity custom Caldwell lifter for handling rubber turf mats.
The 48-inch by 96-inch ‘pallet’ will be used by a utilities contractor, who will place the mats on turf to avoid plant and machinery damage to customers’ lawns and property, during work. The product, used with a forklift or truck crane, is used primarily for storage and transportation of the mats.
Caldwell manufactured the product that combines with a 1-inch tie-down, manufactured by Kentuckiana, to prevent the mats from moving on trailers. Tim Coombs, product specialist at Kentuckiana, explained that the combined solution facilitates faster loading and unloading, while safety is enhanced because manual handling is reduced. Multiple mats are stacked on top of each other, as the demands of a project or day’s work dictates.
“This project was likely a one-time purchase, but the unit will be used daily as needed,” Coombs explained. “The customer had seen a light-duty version of the system made of angle iron, in a catalog, that was designed to be used with a forklift only. They wanted the material pallet that could be used with a forklift and a truck crane. This meant that we had to add lifting points. Alternative, less favourable, solutions would include using wood pallets, loading and unloading the mats manually.”
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