DICA is showing its new Heavy Duty FiberMax crane pad product line this week at ConExpo. The five new models of HD FiberMax crane pads fill a gap between the 175,000 pound and 325,000 pound rated capacity models, according to the company.
“The heavy duty rating was achieved by increasing the overall thickness of the top surface layer which makes the pads stronger and stiffer, giving us the ability to support and distribute higher outrigger loads with an overall thinner and lighter solution,” said Kris Koberg, CEO. “The thickness of the HD pads is only 6.75 inches and overall weight of the HD pads is still far lighter than steel crane pads.”
The smallest in the series is the FM6x4x6-HD, providing a 24 square foot area and a maximum rated capacity of 250,000 pounds. The largest in the series is the FM8x6x6-HD, providing a 48 square foot area and a maximum rated capacity of 250,000 pounds. All HD models have crush ratings of 600 psi.
Koberg said FiberMax HD crane pads achieve steel crane pad performance characteristics at weight savings up to 70 percent, lowering overall transportation costs for users.
“These pads have the potential to pay for themselves in your first year of use,” he said.
In other news, FiberMax crane pads now feature standard Hi-Viz orange frames.
“The yellow crane pads with orange frames really stand out on the job site, contributing to an atmosphere of safety,” said Koberg. “Our C-channel frames are made of lightweight steel, which keeps the overall weight low while protecting the pad’s interior for use in rugged construction applications.”
Corner Cribbing bars eliminate the need for operators to place temporary cribbing between each crane pad when stacking them for storage and using forklifts to move them. By upsizing the bars to 2x2 inches over the previous 1x1 inch dimension, it is now easier for forklifts to quickly and easily lift the crane pads, thereby eliminating pinch hazards between stacked mats. The Corner Cribbing option can be added to any non-HD FiberMax crane pad model.
DICA is showing its FiberMax HD Crane Pads at Booth G4011 in the Gold Lot and its SafetyTech Outrigger Pads at Booth C201571 in Central Hall. Additional products will be on display in both DICA locations including the new ProStack Cribbing line and the ZeroLift Outrigger Pad Rack.
SafetyTech Outrigger Pads and FiberMax Crane Pads are also on display around the show as part of other exhibitors’ crane, aerial, and drilling equipment displays, including: Altec, Broderson, DuraTech Industries, Elliott, Liebherr, Link-Belt, Maeda, Manitowoc, Reachmaster, Spiradrill, Tadano, Terex, TIME Mfg., and at the Lift Safety Zone hosted by International Powered Access Federation and National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators.