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Matt Kral

A graduate of Lewis University’s award-winning journalism team in 2010 as both section editor and copy editor, current active member of the Lifting Gear Hire sales force. Matt Kral brings his experience in the heavy equipment rental industry and insight into what information is desired in the field to this blog to provide relevant content to the customers of the largest lifting equipment rental company in the United States.

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A Thing, a Thing, a Marvelous Sling

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This Blog series will focus entirely on some of the uses, benefits and limitations of the various sling hitches and where you would find them in use in the field. In the first segment, it seemed only fitting to start off with one of the most common hitch types: the basket hitch.

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Categories: LGH Products

When You Need to Think Inside the Box

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Everyone in the industry knows about spreader beams and the versatility they provide on the job due to the overwhelming number of articles that cover every aspect of their usage from bridge suspension to simply creating more pick points for an object than a single crane hook could provide. 

The CMOD, provided by Modulift, creates a square or rectangular lifting beam setup anywhere from 4x4 to 36x36 that creates a singular unit with four pick points. Utilizing specially made corner units keeps the unit compact and efficient without adding additional hardware to divert the slings around a second beam.

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Top 5 Reasons to Rent a Beta Hoist

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When considering rental equipment, Beta Max High Speed Portable Hoists are an extremely versatile and invaluable tool on many different types of jobs, providing value both in terms of labor savings as well as increasing the safety of the workers and your equipment and materials on the job. 

TOP 5 REASONS:

1. REDUCE BOTTLENECKS AND DELAYS. Unnecessary delays on the job are frequently the result of cranes being tied up.

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Four Pieces of Equipment You Didn’t Know Could Be Used for Bridge Work

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Spring is upon us and the short break from road work is officially over. Along with the warmer weather comes the need for repair to roads and, more specifically, bridges that have taken a beating over the potentially harsh winter weather.

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Common Misuses of Come-a-longs

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We’ve seen an increase in the number of come-a-longs, sometimes referred to as a lever hoist, that have been going out on rent lately, so this seemed like an appropriate time to detail some of the common misuses of this versatile piece of equipment as well as an easy solution to prolong their lifespan.

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Categories: come-a-long

Renting Saves Money

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In this industry, the gear used to perform the lifts and moves on sites can have a tremendous impact on the result of any job. improperly maintained equipment or having the wrong gear for the job can stop a job in its tracks in a best-case scenario or even lead to costly or deadly accidents on the job. When it comes to the gear being used, there are some that believe owning their own equipment is the best way to go but, in many cases, this is not true.

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Lifting Gear Can Help Save You Money On Your Next Jacking Project

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Although this is a topic that many of our customers are familiar with, the proper use and care of hydraulic lock nut rams is something that still causes some confusion on the job sites where they’re used.

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Categories: LGH Products, Lock Nut Ram, Lock Nut Cylinder, Jacking, Cribbing, Hydraulic Rams Rental

How To Inspect Wire Rope Slings

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Wire rope is a machine.

It’s a rather complex machine, actually. Its primary function is to move, which in turn is where it obtains its source of strength. And because it is such a complex piece of machinery, no precise rules have been given to determine exactly when a wire rope sling has passed it’s service or expiration date. There are guidelines, though, one should follow to know whether the sling they possess is suitable for continued use or needs replacement.

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Confused By Eyebolt Standards? Let’s clear it up.

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In 1960, when ANSI first published the B18.15 standard on forged eyebolts, they stated “that it would be impossible to develop an ANSI standard which would agree with even a small percentage of the standard products (eyebolts) being produced.” This forced them to attempt to come as close as possible to an average value for forged eyebolts.

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Sliced Bread is the Coolest Thing Since the Tirfor®

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While everyone is going around discussing how awesome sliced bread is (as if we didn’t already know that), another invention had already been registered at the patent office before sliced bread was even a thing. It’s a handy piece of equipment called the Tirfor®.

Also referred to as the Griphoist® or a German come-a-long, the Tirfor® is a registered trademark of the Tractel® Group, which was founded in 1941. It’s a pulling and lifting device that operates in conjunction with wire rope that passes through the machine. The device is controlled by two pairs of jaws that operate alternatively to drive levers, which allow the movement of the wire rope or cable for almost unlimited pulling length or lifting height with pinpoint accuracy in positioning loads. So yes, it’s awesome, but what exactly is the point of origin of it’s awesomeness?

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