Steve can't really answer your question about the books but what I did the last 2 winters during the slower times is went out with my crane guy who I've been using the last 12 years and just go through the motions with him watch the way he sets the cranes up, uses different blocks ( not that it applies to k booms ) slings, sling angles, where he gets other trades to hook onto to for balancing etc. Where and where
Not to be setting up, driving etc. I learned a ton from him and still ask him questions when I need answers. It's made me a very confident operator already ! He let me run the crane at some jobs also and gave me an added boost of confidence!
Cool. Thanks Reed. Devon. I spent a week with Rick and that was a game changer but I won't have that luxury once crane time starts. I wish I was closer to him. I'd bug the hell out of him. (As if I already don't)