Lifting a Power Generator onto a Flatbed for Delivery

In today’s modern age, most of us take electricity for granted. Our cities, towns, and even cottages are connected to the grid, giving us the comfort and convenience of home wherever we are.

Canada however is a big country, and delivering power to every single region is impossible and unfeasible. Diesel power generation is the number one source of power generation in remote communities. The map below shows communities across Canada that aren’t connected to the grid, with the orange circles being diesel-powered communities. Besides being the lifeblood of remote communities, diesel power generation is also used in construction sites and as backup power in the event of a blackout.

Our client, a power generation provider, wanted a diesel power generator delivered to their client. Measuring 10 feet in length, 4 feet wide, and weighing almost 15,000 pounds, the generator had to be lifted by a truck and placed on a trailer for delivery. Abrams has the right equipment and people to make this happen. We have worked with generator companies in the past, helping them lift, winch, and move power generators from their offices to their clients’ sites.

Our dispatch sent heavy expert John Allen to the client’s site. John is no stranger to heavy lifting jobs, having completed a container lifting assignment recently. John’s Peterbilt rotator is the right truck for the job. Equipped with a heavy duty wrecker and lifting equipment, his truck is capable of lifting objects weighing up to 100,000 pounds.

Positioning his truck in front of the generator, John extends his rotator’s boom halfway out. He then attaches a spreader bar to spread the weight of the generator and provide a stable vertical lift for wide objects. John slides steel bars through the bottom of the generator and uses roundslings to connect the spreader bar to the steel bars under the generator.

With the load secure, John lifts the generator with his rotator and moves it to the left. Once lifted, the pick-up truck carrying the generator’s trailer reverses to position the trailer under the generator. John then proceeds to slowly drop the generator onto the trailer making sure it is centered for a stable delivery. Once dropped, John detached the round slings from the steel bars, unlatched the spreader bar from the round slings, and retracted the boom. The generator was then secured to the trailer using chains while a soft strap wrapped around the generator to prevent swaying while in motion. The generator is now ready to deliver power and improve the quality of life for hundreds of people in a community.

Generator moves can be risky and dangerous, but John was able to use his heavy moving expertise to lift and move a 15,000 pound generator onto a trailer. Most Abrams medium and heavy duty drivers have experience moving equipment such as generators. For light and medium generators, Abrams can provide a flatbed equipped with a winch to pull the generator onto the flatbed. For heavy generators, Abrams can provide a rotator to lift the generator and a flatbed to deliver the generator to clients. Our trucks have travelled near and far, delivering generators to communities and construction sites across North America. Abrams provides service across Ontario, and has offices in Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville, Hamilton, Burlington, Markham, Etobicoke, Vaughan, Newmarket, Windsor, and Ottawa.