Hird has helped builders create one of the best private viewing points in England – certainly on the north east coast – by providing a Maeda spider crane and a glass vacuum lifter to install a giant window.
The lifting specialist was called in to help install the 6-metre by 3-metre window in a new house being built on the clifftops at Whitby, North Yorkshire.
The large art-deco style property was being built the site of a house that had been demolished to make way for the luxury home. And the window, providing views across Whitby Bay to Whitby Abbey, was a key feature.
The house is an impressive sight, complete with a circular art-deco turret. But the spider crane lifting in the glass was even more of a draw, with many people, including a local councillor, watching the window being installed.
They were able to see the lift completed smoothly, without a hitch. Not least because the Maeda MC305 was perfect for the job.
The tracked spider crane has a maximum safe working load of 2.98t, a maximum working height of 12.52m and a maximum working radius of 12.16m.
The variable outriggers can then be deployed to provide a flexible and very safe lifting platform. The mini crane can also be operated by remote control, ensuring lifts can be completed with optimum safety.
The DSZ2 glass vacuum lifter has a maximum lifting capacity of 750kg. It is ideal for lifting large sheets of glass because of the wide configuration of its ten suction cups.
While it was not a factor for this lift, the vacuum lifter’s narrow body – it has a depth of just 180mm – makes it very useful for lifting in tight working environments, for example behind scaffold.
A dual circuit vacuum system, with two pumps and two vacuum tanks, makes the DSZ2 glass lifter very safe to use. It also has a low vacuum visual and sound alarm.
The glass vacuum lifter also has powered continuous rotation through 360 degrees and powered tilting through 90 degrees.
Our lifting operative also used a Winlet glazing robot to install two smaller windows inside the new home, both 3-metres by 2-metres and weighing 200kg.
The Winlet 350 glazing robot has a maximum capacity of 350kg. Its glass manipulator allows panels to be lifted to a height of 2.8m, rotated through 360 degrees and tilted through 180 degree, both manually.
The project demonstrated Hird’s ability to act as a one stop shop for all lifting requirements, with multiple options for cranes and material lifting equipment, along with skilled lifting operatives.
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