With baseball underway across the U.S., it’s not difficult to realize the parallel that sports often have with business and industry. With increasing availability and popularity, the rotating telehandler has quickly become the star reliever of the lift and access equipment bullpen, providing a reliable, cost-effective alternative to larger, more complicated equipment.
Merlo Roto R40.30 MCSS Helps Operations Resume in North Carolina
Located in Morrisville, the Forty540, a 200,000-sq.ft., five-story Class A office building sits at the I-40 and I-540 interchange in the Raleigh/Durham area. One of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, Brasfield & Gorrie, had an uneventful time constructing the first three floors on this relatively graded and stable site. However, reaching the fourth and fifth floors of the building proved problematic for the 10k telehandler on site.
With its lift capacity of 55', the onsite machine could not meet the +72'6" height requirements. This lack of height capability curtailed production.
“It was our company safety manager who suggested I take a look at the Merlo Roto,” said site superintendent Robert Gambill. Derek Brignac, Brasfield & Gorrie safety manager said, “We have used Merlo Rotos now on four different projects of ours. What we love about it is the reach it provides to some of our mid-rise buildings. Plus, Merlo offered hands on training to our operators to get them familiar with the equipment controls.”
The Merlo Roto R40.30 MCSS proved to be the right machine for the Forty540 jobsite, supplying a 96'8" lift height that safely handled 3,300 lbs. at maximum lift. With this machine in place, Gambill and his crew achieved the initial goal of lifting materials to the fourth and fifth floors and roof safely and easily.
As the build continued, the Merlo Roto, with its overall maximum load capacity of 8,800 lbs., was able to provide assistance in other areas of the site. The machine’s independent stabilizers, compact size, and nimble maneuverability allowed Gambill’s crew and subcontractors to easily move the Roto around the site lifting and placing lumber, HVAC equipment, electrical materials, and concrete finishing equipment as needed.
“It’s a convenient and effective way to access upper levels of buildings that not many, if any, forklifts can accommodate,” said Gambill.
For Brasfield & Gorrie, the Merlo Roto is the reliever of choice.
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