CareLift Delivers Second 32,000-Pound Zoom Boom Telehandler

First introduced at ConExpo 2005, the 32,000-pound Zoom Boom ZB32032 is the highest capacity telehandler built in North America. The first unit was sold to the Naval Special Warfare Group Two in mid-2006, where it is now being used to handle a variety of watercraft in Norfolk, Va. Last week, CareLift Equipment Ltd., Breslau, Ontario, reported it has delivered its second ZB32032 to heavy/highway contractor Mowat Construction Co., Woodenville, Wash., which purchased the machine through local Zoom Boom telehandler dealer Star Rentals.

According to Dave Brandsrud, equipment manager for Mowat Construction, the company has added the ZB32032 to its fleet for a multitude of reasons but mainly because it wanted to streamline its operations. Typical projects for the machine will include stripping falsework beams, various pile driving operations, and temporary bridge tressel erections and dismantles. With many bridge beams weighing 20,000 to 25,000 pounds, Brandsrud said even a 20,000-pound capacity Zoom Boom telehandler wasn't large enough to meet all of Mowat's needs.

As for where the big machine will be used first, Brandsrud said, “Three jobs are arguing over it already.” He added that plans call for the ZB32032 to be shared on construction projects at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Mount Si Bridge in Northbend, and on a bridge contract in the North Seattle's Fremont district over the next month.