MEC's Titan Boom Lift in a Tight Spot

An MEC Titan Boom 40S has played a key role in constructing two four-story, 40-unit condo buildings in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The condo project’s owner and general contractor, Carrington Construction, rented the Titan Boom from 4-Way Equipment Rentals, Edmonton.

The overall project started in January 2015 and will be complete in February 2016.

Using the 40-ft. Titan Boom 40S instead of putting up scaffolding to install windows and siding reduced that portion of the job from 3.5 months to six weeks, according to Jim Scheibelhofer, the 4-Way representative who suggested using the Titan Boom for the project.

The Titan Boom combines the work envelope of a telescopic boom lift with the platform size of an ultra-deck scissor lift.

Because the site had only about 11 ft. from the buildings’ porches to a chain-link fence, the 8-ft.-wide Titan Boom could travel only parallel to the building. But that was no problem, since the lift’s platform can rotate up to 180° on the end of the Titan’s telescopic boom. The construction crews rotated the 22'0"x7'6" platform perpendicular to the building with the 7'6" end next to the wall so that two workers could install the windows. The machine’s 40-ft. platform height was plenty, even for installing windows and siding on the fourth floor.

The platform’s 4,000-lb. capacity and 165-sq.-ft. work space let Carrington lift 16 of the 80-lb. windows, two workers, tools, and other materials all at once. The crew could install two windows on each of the four floors before traveling the lift to the next work spot.

After all of the windows were installed in both buildings, Carrington crews used the same method to put on the buildings’ siding. 4-Way’s fleet includes three 40-ft. Titan Boom 40S lifts and one 60-ft. Titan Boom 60S. Scheibelhofer says the rugged lifts have worked in temperatures to -40° F and stay busy thanks to their load capacity, reach, platform space, and features like oscillating front and rear axles, the ability to climb a 40% grade, and front leveling outriggers.