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  1. #1
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    I have a unit Im bidding on and its fairly tricky to get to with a crain and was wanting a few of yalls thoughts
    and exp. with using a chopper over a crain.

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    We recently did a chopper lift. It was a 24 screen theater. We set 32 units on their curbs in 48 minutes. They were all staged from the parking lot with numbers matching the curbs. The price was $5500 for 1 hour and we beat it by 12 minutes. A crane would have taken forever.

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    it depends on what yoiu have avail. imo

    have done helicopter lifts before, they are indeed very fast, and the crews are typically very very good, and professional. really time of crane and cost of helicopter could balance out alot of the time. do you have emediate access to emergency landing site, and permit/permission to land there? etc. etc. just check them both out, if the quantity is more than two or so pick points i would definitely go helo. especially if the weight allows for a standard helo. heavy lifts require special helos that are not always locally avail.

    did one weekend job, four contractors, four picks, three towers, boilers, vfd's big ones, and large equipment, all picked in less than one hour, total helo crew time on job maybe four hours. a crane would have never done it do to underground parking configuration

    second was to place forty two or so roof curbs and package equipment on roof, done in four hours.

    [Edited by hvac3901 on 08-23-2004 at 10:48 AM]

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    Originally posted by hvac3901
    it depends on what yoiu have avail. imo


    second was to place forty two or so roof curbs and package equipment on roof, done in four hours.

    [Edited by hvac3901 on 08-23-2004 at 10:48 AM]
    Just curios, how many crews did you have on the roof to accomplish that?

  5. #5
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    It's just one 25t gas pack and is doable with a crain and
    i was guessing at 5K and I'm kind of leaning twords the
    crain now but also like the sound of the ease of the chopper. I was thinking that the unit should be fairly easy to handle with 2 tethers or do the helo comp's supply
    the crews?? Yes i still have to find a CO local to New Orleans/Bogalusa LA,

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    chomper quite a few. about thirty men if i recall, more details, single story construction, prestaged units and nothing much bigger than four ton

    get a qoute for a helo than.

    [Edited by hvac3901 on 08-23-2004 at 10:18 PM]

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    temp tech...you should have no problem locating helo's in your area with all the offshore rigs so close. You might want to call your crane guy to get his thought's on this, he might be able to come up with a better solution than flying the unit in. If your just bidding this, note on your bid the difference in cost due to the chopper.

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    Take some advise here..
    Be "VERY" careful should your roof have gravel on it...
    Ask me how much it costs to paint 36 cars.....
    Ain't "None" of us as smart as "All" of us..

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    Talking

    Originally posted by RichardL
    Take some advise here..
    Be "VERY" careful should your roof have gravel on it...
    Ask me how much it costs to paint 36 cars.....
    Uh oh.



  10. #10
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    Originally posted by RichardL
    Take some advise here..
    Be "VERY" careful should your roof have gravel on it...
    Ask me how much it costs to paint 36 cars.....
    Richard, It is and Thanks! I have decided to go with the
    crain got a quoat of $6K (close to my guess) and the Crain Co. looks to be verry good (less worrys on my part).All this for a bid.LOL

    Thanks guy's for all the good/helpful advice!

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