Willow

Crane for Trusses

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We have just had quite a lot of very large trusses delivered and have been advised we are going to need a crane to move them in place we are in Wigan area any recommendations or advise please would be appreciated ?

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Can you use a Telehandler instead ..??? What height do you need to lift to ..?

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Hi Peter I am told about 9-10 metres the house is on a hill which doesn't help matters

 

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I’m at Preston and was quoted £1000 for a half day from Ainscoughs Up near you 

Ours are 12 mtr trusses 

I enlisted 6 friends to get them up onto the wall plate 

the following day Myself and two others fixed them in place 

 

I know onsite even small house trusses are craned on 

 

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Crane hire is complicated. If you want them to do everything then I think it's called a contract lift.  That is probably the 1/2 day you were quoted.  The alternative is basic crane hire but you need to supply the banksman and slinger and take responsibility for planning the lift (this is what the boat club does with a few members trained in the role of slinger and banksmen and the club has it's own slings)

 

What size are the trusses and what height? and what access e.g scaffolding.

 

A decent size digger can often be fitted with a lifting boom, this is what lifted our big ridge beam up

 

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If you get a crane in, see if you can get plasterboards loaded out or other bits moved about.  Maybe some roof tiles or paving.

 

Your crane firm may suggest someone to act as Appointed Person / Lift Supervisor / Banksman / Slinger, which could be a fair bit cheaper than a Contract Lift.  You would still need a couple of people on site to land the loads etc.

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What weight?

2 or 3 strong men and some rope might do the job. That's what I used for 8m span trusses, but I imagine oak/attic trusses etc would have been hard going.

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Some hiab lorry firms will charge by the hour for lifting work. That's what we did. Cost about £50/hr from memory.

 

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We hired a telehandler with truss jib as a crane would be expensive. Managed to get this one for a couple of weeks to do the heavy lifting for loads of jobs. It was around £500 for two weeks.

 

I think the cost of a crane hire for single day could be that.

 

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Over in Belgium virtually every building site had some sort of crane. They seem to consider them as essential as scaffolding. 

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9 hours ago, Temp said:

Over in Belgium virtually every building site had some sort of crane. They seem to consider them as essential as scaffolding. 

 

I think they may have different regs as even single house sites abroad will have a tower crane.  Over here the regs make it a bit onerous.

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Thanks everyone you have all been really helpful, we have decided to go with the telehandler gonna cost £400 plus vat for the week plus a driver £100 a day plus insurance £78 the height is 12 metres but as its on a hill it will be more the trusses are 12.5 metres wide  and there is quite a few of them , keeping everything crossed it all goes up by the end of the week with no drama but i'm not holding my breath, as we have had floods , storms, rain and now the virus which has held up the trusses for a good few weeks . 

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Are they attic or fink trusses? If attic I'd go with crane

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All went well thanks everyone next lets hope it continues, although having a nightmare trying to get the structural warranty sorted bit late in the day I know 

 

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5 hours ago, Willow said:

All went well thanks everyone next lets hope it continues, although having a nightmare trying to get the structural warranty sorted bit late in the day I know 

 

Pictures please😀

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That was indeed a lot of trusses.  A fair size house.  It will look a better fit once the scaffolding is down.  Was this a replacement dwelling plot?

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Did you fit as you got them up or got them all up and then fitted?

 

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20 hours ago, Mr Punter said:

That was indeed a lot of trusses.  A fair size house.  It will look a better fit once the scaffolding is down.  Was this a replacement dwelling plot?

Hi yes it was a replacement dwelling 

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17 hours ago, Vijay said:

Did you fit as you got them up or got them all up and then fitted?

 

it took 2 days with the telehandler they fitted the big ones  as they went up but then got the rest up to the following day, to be honest half a day was taken up organising etc the can't wait to get the scaffold down just waiting for them to collect it 

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