hey norm, effer uses high tensile steel for long reach configuration knucklebooms (a couple other manfrs. also) this steel is strong but has a little more flex (so it looks alittle more dramatic than it is) also all the extensions add to the flex effect. i took all the remaining stem wood together in 1 pick, then came back to pick trunk (too much weight at that distance.) much more importantly how is your brother doing!?
I would agree Top, thats one CRAZY truck, I looked at Effers site, they have models that will reach to 130 feet, but none the less 100' is crazy!
Mike, in that picture (one of the first) with the trunk attached, the fly jibs manual sections were pulled out, yada yada, did you take that stem in one piece? I would think it would severly overload the manual sections of the fly jib??
Craig is doing great. He is scheduled to be discharged today, so he can be home for EASTER. I spent 1 1/2 hours with him last nite. He looked and sounded excellent, is in great spirits and had walked up & down the hallway 6 times. He is 1 tough dude. Thanks for askin.
HAPPY EASTER everyone.
hey norm glad to hear your brother is doing good! roger to answer your question about the pusher axle, i don,t put it down when i work over the front of the truck. it takes weight off the rear of the truck and a little off the front axle too. i use it when i have the bed mounded w/logs or when pulling onto residential driveways. it helps spread the load of the trk. more evenly. (out the 500+ driveways i pull into a year, i put hairline cracks in 1-3 fortunately i,ve never found huge airpockets under any drives...yet!) hey lumberjack, you should see effers truck mounted 220 ton m. crane it has 165 feet of side reach!!! 177' vertical!!! the drawbacks: weighs 88k lbs., you can't haul anything else but the crane (did i mention the weight?) the cost is very prohibitive (roughly 600k), oh yeah the weight! to answer your ques. about the weight on the last man. ext. if your talking about the white pine photos, the extension has a max swl of 1700 the pine log 18" weighs 64 lbs. per ft. x 14-16 feet=1024 lbs. so that pick was o.k. but you're wise!the worst thing you can do w/crane is overload! look at all the tree/crane accidents. many of them happen because the opperator doesn't know what the tree weighs and the rigger doesn't know what the crane capacity is!!!
hey allmark, try this address: efferusa.com they have some info there but the best way is to call tim smith or udo beyersdorf at phone # they are both extremely knowledgeable. lumberjack the prices have really gone up over the last 3 yrs. (cost of high tensile steel) so i would be guessing my 55ton m. 350-400k total & the 220ton m. 600k total! i used to cry about my one ton chiptruck payments 10 yrs. ago. as my last name implies, i grew up poor (literally no car or t.v. in the house and very little food! i started out subcontract climbing w/ a toyota, 2saws and climbing and rigging gear, i never imagined having crane payments! but the right equip. pays for itself if your careful and keep it busy! i did some trees with it today that i wouldn't want to climb & rig! (see photos)
Mike, Those are very impresive pics, looks like you have a well thought out operation there. Interestingly, my uncle has 2 effer 35tm cranes with about 80' reach and winches for installing heating oil tanks. You dont see many Effer cranes about, they tend to be very specialist!
What I'd like to know, how does your crane compare to having a boom crane? what are the pros + cons?
Mike, That crane left me gob smacked, its totally wild. It is like looking at it a saying that boom cant lift that stick but for sure it does. It just seems the boom looks smaller than it is in real life from the photos, and thats one hell of a rig that it is mounted on. Iam totally amazed.
We normally get Telecranes to our awkward removals, mostly 80 ton cranes.