Texas Landscape Creations utilized Caldwell’s 6,000-lb capacity adjustable lifting grab to lift 3,000-lb concrete blocks during a recent landscaping project. The lifting grab was used over a three-week period with a SkyTrak telehandler as the full-service landscaper installed a layer of 5 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet blocks in the grounds of what will be a place of worship. In this instance, the end user honored a landscape and irrigation contract that covered installation of plants, trees, grass, retaining walls and the quarry blocks.
The grab, which is ideal for blocks of concrete, stone, rough marble, granite, or any other solid material, can reportedly handle loads as narrow as 3 inches and as wide as 60 inches. Custom configurations are available upon request.
“We will definitely use it on future work. It is a very efficient product and its adjustable nature was of benefit to this installation, as it will be on other sites. We even changed the orientation of one handle to suit our requirements, which enhanced user friendliness even further. It also proved to be a real time-saver; I would guess that we saved 30 percent of the total time estimated for that project by using the new clamp,” said Jeff David, owner and manager, Texas Landscape Creations.
The Caldwell Group Inc., of Rockford, Ill., design and manufacture the product to ASME B30.20 and BTH-1, design category B, service class 3 standards. It could be suitable for high duty cycle environments and a color-coded decal indicates to the user the amount of travel remaining during each adjustment. Extended handles keep the operator away from the load, while the lifting eye allows for easy hook attachment, self-centers rigging, and will accommodate a fork, as was utilized on the church project.
For more information, visit http://www.caldwellinc.com.