FOR the typical precaster who’s running in multiple directions all day, there’s no time to waste and inefficiency is not an option. One of the things that keeps a precast business moving in the right direction is a solid crane fleet. When it comes to choosing between a telescoping boom crane or a knuckleboom crane, the boom has clear advantages in the precast industry. Let’s take a look.
One of the big issues for QMC Cranes is weight. After decades of working with precasters and listening to their suggestions, we place a lot of stock in keeping our QMCs as light as possible. That’s an increasingly important feature, because a lighter crane means more room for payload at a time when precast structures are getting bigger, heavier and more complex.
Precasters who count customer service as an important feature like the boom crane for its maneuverability and sure-footedness, which are characteristics related to lighter weight and the geometry of the crane.
Tom Anderson, former owner of Glacier Precast in Kalispell, Montana, has a fleet of five QMCs that he believes gives Glacier an edge when it comes to customer service. One of Anderson’s QMC’s is mounted on a shorter truck that can traverse the steep, winding roads around the high country in northwestern Montana.
“I call it my mountain truck,” he says. “We’re up here in the mountains where you don’t always get ‘level’ and the QMCs will do way more on an uneven surface than a knuckleboom. They’re way more user friendly. We do a lot of things for our customers with the QMCs that would be a lot harder with a knuckleboom. Like setting a wet well down in a hole. With the QMCs, it’s just effortless.”
That means Glacier Precast can offer outstanding customer service in less time with greater efficiency. Who wouldn’t want that?