Q&A – What Type of Equipment Should Be Used to Lift Heavy Loads?

RCS Q&A Equipment to Lift Heavy Loads
July 4, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

Faced with restrictions for material deliveries in South America, Albert asks for recommendations to lift heavy loads of tile, OSB sheets and rafters. 

Albert Bragagnini from British Columbia, Canada had these questions regarding a tile roofing project in South America: 

“Hi there, Got a ceramic tile roofing renovation project in South America of a 70-year-old roof on a 2nd floor roof. Height of roof from street 23'-31' at eave. Height of second floor from street is 12'. Existing roof structure are wooden trusses with rafters to remain. The Municipality restricts delivery time for new materials during the day (OSB sheets, ceramic tiles, wood, etc.). For instance, disposal of debris is only allowed from 4- 6 a.m. Containers, cranes, Genies are now allowed outside. Interested on improving roofing productivity with small mechanical lifting equipment for tile, OSB sheets, rafters such as a ladder joist or other type? What homemade lifting equipment do you recommend for loads up to 400 pounds?” 

Our resident expert roofer, John Stout with Go Roof Tune Up™, had this to say in response: 

As roofers, we soon learn that the application of the materials we use is fairly standard. We have good support from the major manufacturers, whether it is tile, shingles, BUR, fluid applied or whatever. However, we soon realize that our challenge is material handling. We find ourselves in the equipment and trucking business. In your case you have the extra grief of city officials that are in the way of smoothly completing the project.  

A very functional piece of equipment to get material to the roof is the portable conveyor. B&W Manufacturing in Bermuda Dunes, California, U.S. has an outstanding conveyor that extends to over 40’. It is easy to set up and handle and has plenty of power to load roofing material. 

However, as good as it is, it does not have a platform to work from. It appears that you may need a platform. As the unusual situation exposes itself, it is not a good solution to try some “homemade” tool for a professional and safe solution. 

You mentioned Genie in your question. Ahern Equipment has a Genie 5390 Scissor lift. It lifts 1,500 pounds to 53’. Has a platform to work from. 4WD Electric. Rated for rough terrain. This looks like the piece of equipment that may do the job. Check out Ahern Equipment or Snorkel or other equipment rental outfits. They may have equipment that will fit right in with your project. 

I hope this information is of some benefit. Remember, keep it safe.  

Thank you for your question. Yours is an unusual situation. Let us know how it turns out. 

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