Knuckle Boom Crane Stabilizer Pads

Are you using the correct size outrigger pads for the job? A question we ask during each of our training programs to every operator and the answer is typically the same one: “I’m using what is or was on the truck”. While it’s a fair answer, it’s not the right answer.  The response I provide to them is also easy: “what type of soil conditions are you facing this day?  While that seems pretty easy, the truth of the matter is also apparent and that is, these small, largely unregulated crane sizes were put together by an installation facility with little to no regard to ground conditions and it is NOT up to the installer to even put pads on

Crane Outrigger Pads – Do You Need Them?

 And so it goes, another crane “incident” that could have been prevented.  This crane was unloading not only too close to the embankment, but did not use outrigger pads.  Too much pressure on the crane outrigger leg “shoe” ended up punching a hole through the pavement and the ground beneath it was far too soft to continue to support the crane, extended boom and weight at the end of the boom, resulting in substantial damage to crane truck and surrounding area.  TOTALLY PREVENTABLE.  We provide a full range of outrigger pads to choose from.  Why wood outrigger pads?  Here is why: Far less expensive and renewable (yes good for the environment) 18″ x 18″ is the smallest we recommend (yes