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I live a couple blocks from The Manitowoc Crane company. I drive past there everyday on my way to work. I have not been around cranes too much in my life and am amazed at the size of some of these things. I bet the weld inspection is brutal in the factory.
I wonder what type of machine they use to cope that huge pipe or tube that they use? Laser? Plasma?
Here is what was going on there today at my lunch.



 

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I operated a 50 ton Manitowoc truck crane many years ago.
All mechanical. That job will make an old man out of you.
Had many a nervous time in that machine.

The new ones are all computer monitored so you can't overload them like the old ones.
 

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I work for a machine shop that makes some of there wire spools. Actually working on two right now!
 

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I used to work for Beyel Bros in West Palm/Cocoa Fla. They had a 250ton on a barge that built seawalls and drove pilings. I worked on it in Port Canaveral driving the pilings for the new terminals back in 92-93. Man you want to talk about having a headache. All fucking day that diesel driver running. wham wham wham wham wham..

But my everyday job was working on Mark's 100 ton Link belt. Now that crane was nice. ;)
 
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