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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 Few Considerations When Selecting Your Next Air Winch

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Air winches are used to pull or lift a load to a specific point. They have automatic holding brakes and are considered high-speed compared to the Griphoist or electric winches. When selecting an air winch for your next project, it’s not always simple as point and rent. Follow these guidelines to choose the correct utility winch for your next application:

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A Guide To Standard Web Sling Types

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There’s a variety of web sling types and it’s not always clear which one you’re going to need for your upcoming project. Here’s a simple guide that’ll help determine which type will help ensure a successful endeavor.


Hardware Slings

Unlink and Web Trap – Hardware can help to extend sling life by protecting the webbing from abrasion on rough crane hooks. Hardware can often be reused, lowering sling replacement costs.

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Getting to Know Your Basic Platform Trucks

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Platform trucks can be a vital piece of your material handling equipment order, but sometimes they’re overlooked during the search for rigging and hoisting equipment.

It’s important to know that often times you’ll need additional material handling equipment in order to get the job done. However, there happens to be many types of platform trucks. So, the question becomes: Which platform truck do I need? Below is a quick, easy quick to your basic platform trucks.

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Why You Should Consider Renting An Air Skate System

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Designed by Airfloat®, air skates or air skid systems allow for the safe, nearly frictionless movement of large loads or machinery. They come in a variety of sizes and capacities and are lightweight and durable. These systems are designed to compete with systems and solutions that are far less flexible, including heavy duty casters and rollers.

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Effects of Angle of Lift on Sling Rated Capacity

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Using slings at an angle can become deadly if that angle is not taken into consideration when selecting the sling to be used. The tension on each leg of the sling is increased as the angle of sling, from horizontal, decreases. It is most desirable for a sling to have a larger angle of lift, approaching 90-degrees. Lifts with angles of less than 30-degrees from horizontal are not recommended. If you can measure the angle of the sling, or the length and height of the sling as rigged, you can determine the properly rated sling for your lift. This may also be called a Tension Factor, but we will refer to this as our Load Angle Factor [L.A.F.].

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6 Things About Electric Hoists Your Boss Wants to Know

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Choosing equipment such as electric chain hoists for your project isn’t necessarily as simple as just point and order. There are many considerations to contemplate before you can place an order and a lot of them are going to be things your boss wants to know. To prepare you for that, we put together a guide to help answer some of the questions your boss might have when it comes to choosing your next electric chain hoists.

Your boss might ask…

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4 Quick Tips About the Compression Load Cell

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Manufactured by Straightpoint, the compression load cell is a highly accurate device that is used to measure weight or force in a number of different applications. They can be used to measure compression, tension, bending or shear forces. Additionally, they can be used for a broad range of industries including steel fabrication, ship building, structural weighing, shipping and general transportation, to aid in calculating the total mass and center of gravity.

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How to Use a Turnbuckle

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A greatly underused tool of wonderful convenience, turnbuckles have the ability to relieve you of a lot of stress during a challenging lift or rig. Primarily, turnbuckles are used when you need to increase or decrease tension in order to make minute adjustments to a load that are sometimes due to an off-set center of gravity. Turnbuckles can be used to make adjustments to help equalize the load and to correct that off-center of gravity. For example, if an individual needed to have 10-feet and 7 ½ inches of total running length, but didn’t have a sling of comparative length, this person could install a suitable turnbuckle to accommodate for the difference in sling length. The worker could simply adjust the turnbuckle in or out to get the desired length required for the lift. We recommend that when adjusting turnbuckles to use an appropriately-sized wrench instead of using a spud wrench of pry bar placed through the body. The latter tends to cause damage to the turnbuckle and could potentially create dangerous repercussions. Also, turnbuckles are rated for tension, so they can be used in any linear direction.

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Single-Acting vs. Double-Acting Cylinders

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There’s been some confusion as to how to configure and use either system effectively without causing damage to the equipment, load, or to the user. Some of this confusion results from misunderstanding the difference between single-acting or double-acting cylinders and being unsure of when either should be used. Hopefully, we can clear the air in this department.

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