Crane & Rigging Hot Line Reviews New FiberMax Frame That Cuts Weight and Reduces Crane Pad Transportation Costs

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Crane & Rigging Hot Line reviews DICA's revolutionary, high-performance FiberMax® crane pads that have been improved using a new lighter weight frame design.

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FiberMax crane pads can deliver significant transportation savings compared to steel or wood crane pads. Steel crane pads typically weigh more than twice what FiberMax pads weigh.

DICA announces that its revolutionary, high-performance FiberMax® crane pads have been improved using a new lighter weight frame design. The new frame reduces the total weight of the pads by more than 10 percent, while maintaining the frame strength and protection needed in construction applications.

FiberMax crane pads feature DICA’s patent-pending bi-directional internal I-beam design to distribute concentrated loads over large areas to safely reduce ground bearing pressure. FiberMax delivers exceptional strength and rigidity for mobile cranes with lifting capacities up to and exceeding 600 tons.

“FiberMax crane pads can deliver significant transportation savings compared to steel or wood crane pads. Steel crane pads typically weigh more than twice what FiberMax pads weigh. By significantly reducing crane pad weight customers save hundreds to thousands of dollars per job by eliminating the need for an additional truck and all the related transportation costs,” said Kris Koberg, CEO. “Meeting both of these requirements delivers the short and long term savings that radically improves a user’s bottom line.”

The new FiberMax® lightweight frame is being produced for three standard 10 in. thick models; FM8x5x10, FM9x6x10 and FM9x7x10. Weight reduction from 170 to 220 pounds per pad was achieved with the new design.

The three 10 in. thick models, are designed for cranes generally rated from 200- to 400-ton capacity, and provide a load distribution area from 40 sq. ft. to 63 sq. ft., and crush ratings of 1,000 psi. The new individual crane pad weights are:

·         FiberMax 8’x5’x10” (1,280 lbs. ea.)

·         FiberMax 9’x6’x10” (1,670 lbs. ea.)

·         FiberMax 9’x7’x10” (1,900 lbs. ea.)

About DICA
DICA, Guthrie Center, Iowa, has been specializing in building a better outrigger pad since 1988. By creating engineered solutions for improving equipment stability and ergonomic safety, DICA is leading the way in product innovation for outrigger pads and crane pads.

DICA outrigger pads and crane pads are used in 38 countries and on 6 continents around the world in construction, maintenance, electrical utility, oil and gas and tree care as well as local, state and federal government agencies. Learn more at http://www.dicausa.com.

About Heartland Communications Group
Heartland Communications Group Inc., publishes a number of heavy equipment magazines, electronic newsletters, and websites for the North American market. Its print products—Crane and Rigging Hot Line, Lift and Access, Contractors Hot Line, Attachment Connection, and Parts Connection—analyze new technologies, discuss industry trends, and review unique applications for buyers and owners of construction and rental equipment.

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