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Metropolitan Crane and Hoist Company

Metropolitan Crane & Hoist Company

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Case Study Examples

Chain Hoist for Maintenance Use
Consolidation and Relocation
Extending Monorail
Trusted Solution Stands Strong
Fire Department Upgrade
Heavy Lifting with Finesse
15-Ton Mono-box
Wood Building, Gravel Floor
Used Crane: Learning Experience

Used Crane: Buyer Learning Experience
Is Your Seller An “Antiques Dealer”?

A Wisconsin customer of ours had been looking for a used 10 ton crane. After considering their needs, we realized that we did not have a used crane available and therefore attempted to find a used crane with the quality and value to meet their needs. While we were looking, the customer did web searches and found a crane, which they purchased from a Texas location.

Prior to the crane’s arrival, we were contacted to quote the installation. That’s when the trouble started. First, we could not understand why it took so long to ship. Once it did ship, it took weeks to arrive. When it finally did arrive, we were able to piece together the story. The crane purchased was shipped in one piece. Built with no construction bolts, it was welded as one entity. The crane was 13 feet wide and needed escorts and special permits from Texas to Wisconsin at a tremendous shipping cost.

The crane was constructed from an antique steel girder from an old crane runway manufactured in the days before welding was invented. It was made from plates and angles riveted together. There was a groove worn in the top of the girder where a rail was once placed. There were bars poorly welded on the lower angles that created the lower flange the hoist was to ride on to hide or reinforce severe corrosion. The hoist provided was a 1940s vintage P&H hoist. Parts have been unavailable for years. The hoist became obsolete in the 1960s. The crane end trucks were from an old double-girder riveted and cast iron construction crane.

When measured before installation, (something we always do), the crane was not square on the correct span. Also, it was too high above the rails to clear the obstructions in the roof. We did not install it. The situation became worse. The company in Texas sent a crew to correct the problems. When they were finished, the “corrections” had made the crane totally unusable. We wouldn’t have wasted the time it took to scrap it.

From this experience, one would think this buyer would have learned a lesson. Sadly, the customer bought another used crane made from old obsolete hoist and crane components. This second crane was too short, so the customer made it longer himself and installed it.

We have no idea what their final total costs were, but we could have supplied new overhead equipment in less time and estimated cost.

Our used cranes always are of an age manufactured and quality so if parts are needed, they are readily available. A hoist or crane that needs parts that are not made or available any longer is scrap, even if it still works fine. Granted, this is the worst case I have ever seen but, once again, BUYER BEWARE!

Case Study Examples

Chain Hoist for Maintenance Use
Consolidation and Relocation
Extending Monorail
Trusted Solution Stands Strong
Fire Department Upgrade
Heavy Lifting with Finesse
15-Ton Mono-box
Wood Building, Gravel Floor
Used Crane: Learning Experience

Crane Installation