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Esab_Steelblue
Posted: Monday, October 20, 2014 4:55:25 PM

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Yea all good here mate thanks.
AGDs good...very busy. Just about every machine is out on hire at the moment or ready to go out.
The whole of the top of the Yard is Tarmac now...not a drop of mud to be seen so its much improved.
I used to spend weeks slinging roof sheets a few years ago....loved it Smiley
Made a change from erecting day in and day out. Must admit I dont miss any of it now though...25 years fighting steel was enough.
Still good seeing the photos though...looks like your having fun.


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Jack.
Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:16:47 AM

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That's really good to hear mate. Still working with loads of Giken gear?
That yard was murder after a bit of rain and it wasn't much better in the heat!
Most the drivers here hate steel erecting Wink
cheers mate. Yeah, really enjoying it here!



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Esab_Steelblue
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:29:24 PM

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Getting towards the end of modifying all the Giken pilers now I think although I think there are still some to do. Also started rebuilding the Giken augers as well now so still doing plenty for them.
The yard is fantastic now and there is still work ongoing in regard to tidying up and making it look smart. Also getting some new kit in the fab shop which will make life a lot easier. Still most likely be the usual mad rush jobs though I'm sure!
Considering unless we did more than 100+ lifts a day when erecting it was considered a bad day I can see why most drivers don't like it! 😊

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Jack.
Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014 3:47:17 PM

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Sorry I didnt see this earlier Andy. I must admit I did enjoy my time at AGD. Just wish it wasnt such a drive away Wink Those new Sennebogens look nice and they have brought a few more of those small Marchetti's? AGD's yard is like a space station compared to ABA's Teeth

Just a couple of quick photos taken over the last few months. Nothing too exciting.

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Leicester Heavy Haulage with a 15 ton tank in Jaguars Land Rovers Factory.




I have recently passed my HGV class 2 test which now means I can drive the cranes on the road. Just waiting for my test so I can operate them.... but I have still been having a play now and then Cool
GMK 3055-1 with full 43m stick out



One of the GMK 4100Ls loading out cabins



My lack of photos is due to being stuck lifting these. Building the largest roof mounted solar farm in Europe. 26,000 odd panels. Its taking up alot of my time!



And the other GMK 3055-1



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Jack.
Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2015 8:16:10 AM

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Just another update.

Working with Steve Fosters ATF 220, Lifting precast concrete wall sections.





Smart ballast outfit





Recently passed my crane operators test so have been out operating and learning this GMK 3055 Cool





This pictures were taken at Alton Towers theme park where they are building a "Hobit Village" for the hotel. I had the joy of holding a man basket for 11 hours!



And there is a GMK 4100/L working just yards away installing the pods





This one was taken by the 100 driver



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birdman
Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2015 11:56:30 AM
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Well done on passing your crane test, but "holding a man basket for 11 hours" just does not sound rightConfused

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Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2015 8:39:43 AM

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great photos jack.
good luck with the job
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Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2015 10:25:52 AM
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Nice photos Jack, great to see your finally getting behind the levers and enjoying itTeeth not bad getting trained in on a 60 eitherWink
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Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2015 11:29:03 AM

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Good to see these photos and hear about new experiences in the seat Jack! I love everything about cranes and looking forward to seeing more. Best of luck
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Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2015 1:26:11 PM

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Thanks for your comments guys. I really am loving being behind the levers Cool
You're right Sam, That grove is a cracking crane Teeth

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Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2015 1:30:48 PM

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Nice shoots Jack. So THESE buildings must be the abnormal loads for Alton Towers which Staffs Police keep on notifying on Twitter….

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Jack.
Posted: Sunday, February 01, 2015 1:45:28 PM

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Thanks Tim. They weren't nothing mega impressive. All standard flat trailers and a couple of 60 foot extendable ' s pulled by a local haulier. Alton village must have been a nightmare for them though!

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Jack.
Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2015 4:29:30 PM

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I have recently been given my own crane, and although its old, I'm chuffed and its a great workhorse.

My GMK 3050 Cool



an 8 ton silo being lifted into a building



A Nice V8 Scania that was bringing "Hobit Village" loads to me



Inside Alton Towers Park



Some of the 100's/130, and mine



My first bridge, only weighed 1 ton, Hopefully one day they will be abit bigger and I'll be on a bigger crane Teeth



Working inside a waste recycling plant, with low headroom





One of Leicester's Nice DAFs that brought some 13ton transformers to us on a Solar Farm




And last but not least the new kid on the block. The replacement for the GMK 5130, A Terex Explorer 5600. 160 ton machine.



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Paul R
Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015 3:17:34 AM

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Great photos Jack and fantastic to see you 'living the dream'!

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Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015 8:24:53 AM

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Thank You Paul Cool I'd be lying if I said I don't love my job !!!!

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Jack.
Posted: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 12:52:20 PM

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Another update from work

Down in the pit of a new Energy From Waste plant



Recovering a trailer with one of the 100's which had slipped off the 5th wheel fully loaded!



New 35 ton Kato CityCrane



My "Old" Crane... Been moved onto another 3050 as this one has been part exchanged for another Challenger 3180



But I have been training on the 4100's Cool





And a boat



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Sam-wch
Posted: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 1:46:07 PM
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Your livin' the dream Jack Wink no time wasted sign writing the Kato eh, I was only sitting in her a few weeks ago when she was in Rivertek in Cork.Whistle
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Posted: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 1:55:01 PM

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Livin' the dream indeed!

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Jack.
Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2015 12:06:31 PM

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Cheers chaps Smile yes Sam, don't waste any time here ;)

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Jack.
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 3:50:14 PM

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Another little update.

Shuttering in my old 50 tonner



On the same site the next week steel erecting.... on a bit of a slope!



Went out slinging for a change with one of the 100s



One of the last 50's on its way to the docks, bound for Eygypt



A tight one inside a new Jaguar LandRover plant



A Polish AC 200 on that Incinerator job I am back and forth to



On the other side of the site from the AC 200. The last picture I took from my 50



I spent a week under the M5/M6 link in Birmingham training on the 100 tonners moving steel frames used for supporting the motor during major maintenance work



With a 5th Grove GMK 4100L Due the next week I am getting moved up onto this machine, as you can imagine I'm chuffed!



The 5600 out in the rain



Had a full Grove induction on the 4100, Full 60m stick playing in the yard



First day out on a 100, covering someone elses machine back at the Incinerator job.



Cheers Cool

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