Tower Crane Accessories

First staked on August 29, 1889, and recorded with the county auditor on September 25, 1889, the Pride of the Woods mine tapped the same vein as the Mystery Mines. This mine clean up case study looks at how the mine tailings were able to be cleaned up without disturbing the gentle eco-system.

While the Mystery tunnels were driven into Mystery Hill from Monte Cristo side, the Pride of the Woods tunnels met inside Mystery Hill and were operated as a single mine. So complex were the ore bodies along this vein that one miner described them as resembling “a squashed spider”.

Built at the turn of the century, during Washington’s short-lived mining boom, the Pride of the Woods mine was abandoned by the 1920s, leaving behind mine tailings laden with toxic metals like lead and arsenic. These tailings had been leaching into the soil and nearby groundwater, posing serious health and environmental threats to both man and nature.

While other abandoned mine sites in the area had access roads, aiding in the reclamation process, the Pride of The Woods – located in the Henry M. Jackson wilderness area where machinery is not allowed – was unique in that it had no road access at all. The challenge was two-fold: how to remove environmental waste without altering the existing environmental footprint to protect delicate eco-systems, endangered species and cultural and historical artifacts.

To read the full Self Dumping Bin Assist Mine Clean Up case study, click here.

For more information about Boscaro Self Dumping Bins, click here.

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Last year we bought the self-erecting, full-sized tower and training divisions of Eagle West Cranes and renamed ourselves the Bigfoot Crane Company. Since then we have been an integral part of many construction projects in Western Canada either selling or renting cranes.

When the market collapsed in 2008 the construction industry in general slowed down and therefore the need for cranes. Recently, however, the demand for cranes and crane services has increased and 2015 has been a busy year so far, with the expectation of a steady stream of work to come. Our positive forecast for the coming year seems to be an accurate picture of our industry, as shared by Crane & Rigging Hotline magazine in their February issue where they discuss the tower crane industry outlook for the year.

Part of why we love the work that we do is because we have the opportunity to be a part of something larger. For decades we will see the buildings we’ve helped to build standing tall, offering themselves as landmarks, homes and workplaces to many people. One of these projects is the new Trump International Hotel & Tower in Vancouver, BC. The twisting luxury tower made of glass and steel will be 63 stories upon its scheduled opening in 2016.

Lift and Access magazine wrote an article explaining our role in this iconic building. In the construction process of the Trump International Hotel & Tower the contractors were unsure how to put together the pieces of a steel canopy that was planned to be at 70 feet above the street between two high-rise buildings. Fortunately, our Managing Director, Ryan Burton, was able to offer an innovative solution to the challenge, through the placement of a Potain HD40A self-erecting crane atop a 20 foot engineered platform. We rented the crane and platform to the construction team for three months, allowing them to set approximately 200 pieces of canopy, in addition to transporting other heavy materials around the work site.

Our team is glad to have the opportunity to offer our services to many important construction projects throughout Western Canada as our region continues to develop and grow. We are looking forward to a busy 2015 of selling and renting the highest quality cranes and accessories available on the market.

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Self-Erect Crane – A Rough Terrain Solution

With one of our more scenic jobs in picturesque Deep Cove, Eagle West Equipment (acquired by Bigfoot Crane Company) installed a 35 meter self erect crane with luffing jib on a really interesting residential job. The photos illustrate some of the problem solving scenarios that our self erect cranes can provide for builders who may find their projects in difficult position.

With limited ground space available to bring equipment and materials down to the site, the Eagle West Cranes & Equipment team (acquired by Bigfoot Crane Company) found the right solution for the builder and home owners to ensure that the building timeline could be still be met. Since the there was a 100′ cliff face at the backside of the house it was important to have a crane that would work in a difficult position on the jobsite. The jib of the crane need to be in a luff position (angled) in order to be able to miss the roughly 25 degree slope at the top of the cliff.

One of the photos shows the jib in luff over top of some of the terrain at the top of the cliff. There was very minimal clearance even with the jib in luff.

Pretty amazing project and an absolutely beautiful location for a house.

The challenge: One Large Ocean-side Cliff

The solution: Our 35 Meter Potain Self Erect with 30 Degree Luffing Jib

The client: Belmar Custom Homes

Mobilization: EWCE Placed the SE Crane onto Land Via a Barge and Crane Waterside

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Spreader bar for crane

Amtrak, the passenger train company based in the USA, runs more than 300 trains on a daily basis. When Amtrak needed valuable train car components lifted for transport to the Mid-West, a Delaware based company, Active Crane Rentals, Inc. was hired to perform the hoists.
In order to maximize on their lifting capacity, Active Crane planned to perform a straight line pull. To protect the sides of the 70,000 lb and 100,000 lb components, they utilized their Boscaro EZ spreader bar system.

The EZ spreader bar system features a unique design of male and female interlocking sections. Each galvanized section can be used as an individual bar, as was done for the Amtrak lifts, or they can be combined to form an adjustable spreader bar with 1’ increments. By allowing you to adapt to project demands with one system, the need for an assortment of bar lengths is eliminated; improving your efficiency and helping to manage project costs.

“Today my big thing is cutting down costs and in order to cut costs you have to cut down on time. The available capacity and the ease of adjustability offered by the EZ spreader bar system equals cost and time savings. We utilize the bars every day, they are constantly in use.”

Butch Garton – Crane & Rigging Specialist, Active Crane Rentals, Inc.

Amtrak Uses EZ Spread Bar System

Amtrak Uses EZ Spread Bar System

Active Crane Rental Hoists Train Car

Active Crane Rental Hoists Train Car

Spreader Bar Set Up

Spreader Bar Set Up

Active Crane Rental base in Deleware

Active Crane Rental base in Deleware


San Marco Tower Crane

When Haebler Construction needed a crane to deal with extra tight working conditions during their reconstruction of the historic “Garage Building” in the Gastown district of downtown Vancouver Canada it was Eagle West Equipment Inc. (acquired by Bigfoot Crane Company) to the rescue.

Eagle West organized and executed a set of well planned lifts to rig the San Marco SMT 551 city crane components into place.

The SMT 551 was installed with a customized configururation and set up to operate with a short jib configuration of just 36 meters (118′) down from the standard 55 meters (180′) and from a mobile base with a footprint of just a 14′ 9″ X 14′ 9″. In this configuratiuon the SMT 551 can hoist loads as heavy as 8,000 kg (17,636 lb) at the mast and can lift 2,100 kg (4,630 lb) at the jib tip.

To find out which San Marco crane is right for your next construction project please contact our national sales office at 1-877-852-2192.

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A San Marco SMH 420 Self Erecting Tower Crane Supplied by Eagle West (acquired by Bigfoot Crane Company) cut production time on this project by 45%Westridge Construction Ltd. of Regina, Saskatchewan ( faced an interesting construction project. They were under contract to build a $12,000,000.00 three story office complex with each floor being 20,000 square feet plus a partial basement of 9,500 square feet.The project would be a cast in place concrete structure with three staircase shafts and one elevator shaft. On the whole this would not seem to be a highly challenging project, until one factors in how tight the project site is with no access to the west or south side of structure and limited access to the east and north sides.

To say the construction site was tight and operating space at a premium would be a significant understatement. Westridge was in fact planning on using an off site materials staging area with the added costs of the yard and extra materials transport as an added cost to the project. A solution that could improve the site logistics, eliminate the off site yard (and its related costs), operating conditions and safety while lowering production costs would be a godsend and Eagle West provided just the solution required.

self erecting tower crane efficiency

Eagle West (acquired by Bigfoot Crane Company) supplied the right tool for the job, a San Marco SMH 420 hydraulic self erecting crane. This crane has a hook service height elevation of 77′ and a jib length of 136′ 9″ providing a total service range of up to 273′ 6″. The crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 8,820 lbs and can lift 2,205 lbs at its jib tip.

What’s more important is that this crane does not require any concrete footings or foundations and has a foot print of just 14′ 9″ X 14′ 9″. The SMH420 can operate inside just 324 square feet of yard space! Another key value of this crane is that it is possible to set up quickly, anywhere from 4 – 8 hrs once the self erect crane is delivered to site.

When the project started Westridge did not yet have its San Marco SMH 420 self erecting crane delivered and was adding floors using just telescopic forklifts and manual labor. Then the crane arrived and was installed by Eagle West and in no time Westridge was constructing floors in half the time.

crane for tight job site

The crane saved on production time as all the columns could now be set and poured with the crane while all slabs and shafts were poured with a concrete pump.

According to Dave Labbie, the Project Superintendant, the use of the self erecting crane was able to increase the on-site service area by at least 50% while on-site production increased at a minimum of 45%.

office complex construction

Dave further commented that “the Rod-Buster is very happy, all his materials are placed exactly where he wants them, manual labor is significantly reduced with and a big increase in productivity, a double win. He (the Rod-Buster) has told me that he wishes there was a crane like this on every job in town”.

The bottom line for Westridge Construction Ltd. can be wrapped up in two direct quotes from Dave Labbie:

  1. I have always said “if you cannot get the men you want (or production from them) then get the right equipment” and we sure have, “this crane is great.”
  2. “This is one of the best values we have ever spent money on; this crane will be paid off in two projects.”

tower crane, saskatchewan

Additional factors Dave commented on:

Increased Safety

  1. The material handling safety factor at the site has much improved and this brings with it a higher safety factor to the entire project site
  2. Increased accuracy of material placement, ensures materials are placed exactly where the tradesmen want them with less exposure to all materials handling risks
  3. Significant reductions in manual labor mean less people to get hurt and less job site congestion

Site Management

  1. This is a very tight jobsite and we were in need of a off-site materials staging yard
  2. With the SMH 420 we now have a single unloading zone on-site for all incoming materials serviced by our crane and our need for the off site yard was eliminated
  3. Materials are then redistributed with our crane, to where we want them at the construction site
  4. We have doubled the effective use of our jobsite space and have not needed the off-site staging yard

Return On Investment

  1. This crane will be paid off in two – three projects
  2. Lower manpower and related benefit costs
  3. This is one of the best values we have ever spent money on
  4. We are very happy with our purchase
san marco tower cranes

When: April 2010, About 12 months (Winter off)

Where: Bow Lake, Strafford, New Hampshire

Customer: Whitcher Builders

Crane: San Marco SMH 421 Self Erecting Crane

What: Smedley Crane & Rigging has put a San Marco SMH 421 Self Erecting Crane on a barge.This is a very innovative crane set up and is the first of its kind with the self erector. They are helping build a house on an island.

Smedley Crane and Rigging is based in Branford Connecticut and is the exclusive San Marco Distributor for New England. Call them now for more info: (800) 669-9738

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