Celebrating 30 Years!

This year marks the 30th year of Triad Machinery, the authorized dealer of Link-Belt, LBC, Tigercat, and other heavy equipment brands in the Pacific Northwest. This is a testament not only to the partnerships we’ve formed with the manufacturers but the relationships we’ve forged with our clients. We’d like to take a moment to thank […]

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What Size Crane do I Need?

What size crane do I need?

Cranes have been in use for thousands of years. At first, they consisted of a few stakes in the ground, a pulley or two, and a winch. Today, there are many types of cranes available for a wide variety of lifts on a range of worksites. But how do you know what to look for […]

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How Does a Crane Work?

Whidby-RTC-8050-01 Crane

Cranes have been in service for thousands of years, using nothing more than rope and a series of pulleys and other “simple” contraptions that used physics to their advantage. Where ramps were used to build the ancient Egyptian pyramids, early types of cranes were used to build the largest structures in ancient Greece and Rome. […]

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Crane Operator School & Training

Telescopic Crawler Cranes

When it comes to any construction site, safety has to be job one. This includes inspecting all gear before use, appropriate safety signage, a well-developed project plan, and hard hats all around. If part of your project plan includes the use of a crane, a daily checklist should be followed. This should include where the […]

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Crane Safety

Crane lifting industrial materials

For thousands of years, cranes have been used to make work more efficient and, in turn, more productive. Whether building temples in ancient Greece or skyscrapers in Seattle, cranes are used to lift hundreds of tons of materials hundreds of feet in the air. Many structures couldn’t be built without the help of cranes. Cranes […]

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Sling Inspection Procedure

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. It may be a tired, old cliche, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Cranes today can lift hundreds of tons of material hundreds of feet in the air. But if just one aspect of the lift goes wrong, it could all come crashing down. […]

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3D Lifting Plans

A 3D lift plan used to prepare for a lift

Whether it’s using a lift boom to repair a transformer atop a power pole or lifting 100 tons of material 100 feet in the air, careful planning is needed. Called a lift plan, there are several factors to consider; lift radius of the crane or boom, weight to be lifted, and even the amount of […]

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Crane Guidelines for Cranes

Orange and white checkered flag on a crane

Before any construction project that involves work with cranes can begin, engineers develop a safe-lifting plan. This includes marking a working radius around the crane and removing vehicles and other objects away from the fall area if possible. Making notes of overhead wires and structures, and generally making a plan before every day of lifting. […]

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