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  • #16
    S Berry, I dont believe you just need a pinch more.

    Because my crane is always 100' to short:I cheated and put a 10' extension on my mechanics crane so I chave a tip of boom height of 37' plus or minus 6"

    My capacity is greatly diminished but alot of times we just need to get something that weighs 300 - 400 lbs. up on the edge of a building or a little conveyor up on a mezzanine.

    I remember when you redid that Hiab crane. Do you still have it.

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    • #17
      I coulda bought a decent boom truck for 7k and mounted my sa250 on it but it would sit around just like the sa250 does while its on a trailer. I just don't have much need for it. If I needed it I would have it but I needed a flatbed with a new bobcat on it. I'm not much the type to bring a bazooka to a knife fight...

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      • #18
        My trailer hauls my material, ladders, air comp, tools and whatever else I need it too. I like to be able to unhook it.

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        • #19
          Weldonwelding, I'm not talking about a big boom truck, I'm talking about a mechanics crane that typically has a lift capacity of about 3,000 to 8,000 lbs with a 20' boom, Some of the newer 8,000lb cranes have 25' boom.

          The problem with having a truck that only has some of your stuff on it means you have to drive all the way back when you left something on the trailer that you ended up needing.

          Alot of times my crane is the 2nd guy.

          When I started out I didd'nt have a crane so their were alot of jobs that I had to pass on.

          But then I teamed up with a guy ( We both had our own rigs but his had a crane ) and once I seen everything he used his crane for made me realize how important a crane was.

          Hopefully one day you will have one and then you will know what I mean.

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          • #20
            I do well with what I have. Thanks though for your opinion.

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            • #21
              I dont mean to offend, You are definately a talented guy, Just trying to give what I think is good advice. ( And the good Lord knows I've made a few mistakes myself along the way. )

              For Instance.

              I used to look look down on guys that had Bob cats and Trail blazers Because I had a Big Bad Miller Big 40.
              That was until my buddy Vern Kicked my A$$ with a Trail Blazer and a suit case feeder.
              It didd'nt take me long to retire the big 40 and get a Trail Blazer.

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              • #22
                If I was gonna buy a truck with a crane it would be a boom truck. Lots of irrigation around here but there are two company's that have all of that work. I have tried hard to get it but all I can get are a few z pipes here and there.

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                • #23
                  I have the same problem, I want to get into rebuilding asphalt plants but they have been using the same guys for years, The only work they give me is welding aluminum fuel tanks so far.

                  I just have to wait for them to mess up.

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                  • #24
                    I do a shutdown every year along with a few others and repairs here and there at one of the asphalt plants. I also have a lot of work in sand and gravel plants.. its my favorite kind of work... lots of hardfacing

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                    • #25
                      so far on truck

                      Weldonwelding. Been doing a fair share of hard surfacing lately myself. Have u ever used a carbide trickler ? It vibrates carbide down a tube into your hard surface weld puddle.
                      Thx Greg

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                      • #26
                        gnforge, I've gotten parts with carbide chips in it, Never looked into do it but I bet its got great wear characteristics.

                        Might not be good in a sand eviroment because the sand would eat out the bonding agent and release the chips.

                        But I bet it would be great for things with conrete, stones-rock in it.

                        I've installed parts on things like wood tub grinders that had them.

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                        • #27
                          so far on truck

                          Portable welder
                          i hv been rebuilding & building Reamers for a under ground directional boring Co. for last couple years. We've had it on Reamers from a co out west and it is the only thing that holds up under ground. I've put a lot on over the years with Oxy acy but it is just to time consuming.
                          Purchased trickler and hv been trying to work bugs out, and get the right hard surface wire. Just wondering if u guys had used it and allready perfected it.
                          Kinda a pain as needs to be pretty flat and under the trickler box but once set up its fast.
                          As for sand & gravel ur right but if u use a very fine carbide and hard surface wire for matrix it holds up awesome. Best we've found for our application. Thx Greg

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                          • #28
                            GN Forge, Thats what I didd'nt know.

                            What is the bonding agent that holds the carbide chips, but from what you are saying it sounds like hardfacing rod which would be the best case scenareo.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by gnforge:305633
                              Weldonwelding. Been doing a fair share of hard surfacing lately myself. Have u ever used a carbide trickler ? It vibrates carbide down a tube into your hard surface weld puddle.
                              Thx Greg
                              A customer asked me about rebuilding and customizing a few cutting heads for his well rig.. this may come in handy but i have never seen it before. im gona look into it

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