Rio Tinto Aluminium used the 3-tonne and 6-tonne pneumatic chain hoists at one of its Gladstone operations.
Kennards Lift & Shift had invested $500,000 in this equipment area last year with an outlay of a further $240,000 for new units from Germany to meet the mining company’s requirement for swift delivery. The company has currently about 100 air hoists in its hire fleet valued at $1 million.
The ever expanding range of hire equipment includes machines from 500kg to 20 tonnes with extremely rare 50-tonne and 100-tonne air hoists also available on application. The lifting equipment is available with various chain lengths to suit specific jobs.
Schindler Lifts used the 2.2-tonne winch on Brookfield Multiplex’s new, 47-floor City Square project, which will be the new WA home of mining giant, BHP Billiton.
Graham Pagan, project manager for Schindler Lifts sought a solution to the problem of pulling elevator cables from the bottom to the top of the building as he could not find a winch to do the job.
Kennards Lift & Shift’s Perth manager, Felipe Bolivar purchased a 2.2-tonne winch, which was then modified to suit the job requirements. The 100m length of 16mm flexible steel wire rope was removed and replaced by 220m of 12mm rope.
Kennards Lift & Shift operates hire centres in Brisbane, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.