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December 22, 2020by Sheedy Crane0

Heavy construction equipment may be tough, but it’s not indestructible.

When it comes time to find warehousing and storage for your equipment, there are certain steps you can take until it’s time to put your machinery back into service.

Read on to learn how to properly store your equipment and how a San Francisco warehousing and storage company can help keep it safe.

Climate issues

If the weather gets too cold, or too hot, it can harm your equipment. For example, when it gets cold, you run the risk of:

  • Loss of tire pressure
  • Battery discharge, making equipment start-up more difficult
  • Fluids becoming thick — brake fluids, transmission, hydraulics, etc. — keeping them from functioning correctly.

And in hot and dry weather, look out for:

  • Rubber components such as gaskets and hoses deteriorating or breaking
  • Excessive wear and tear on mechanical components, causing them to degrade much sooner than expected
  • Evaporating water in batteries, which leads to starting issues

Getting your equipment ready for warehousing & storage

Whether you’ve reached the end of the construction season or just the end of a project, the time might come for your machinery to take a break. Improper storage can lead to damage, project delays and unanticipated repair costs.

You can prevent these problems by taking these steps:

  • Clean away dirt and debris, which can lead to damage or blockages or cause components to degrade.
  • Make sure any moving parts are lubricated according to the owner’s manual. While you’re at it, tighten any screws and nuts to make sure they’re securely in place.
  • If you’re dealing with wheeled machinery, check the tires to make sure they have enough pressure. Keeping them slightly over-inflated can prevent them from going flat overtime. You can also consider lifting the tires with a jack or storing wheeled machinery on top of treated lumber or railroad ties.
  • If you see any chipped areas, paint over them to guard against rust.
  • If you’re storing winter equipment at the start of spring, drain the fuel tank to keep rust and gum deposits from forming. If you’re putting away warm weather machinery into storage at the start of winter, leave the tank full to prevent condensation from getting into the fuel lines when the spring thaw arrives.
  • Use lock-out/tag-out procedures to ensure that machinery is safely turned off and employees are warned against using it.
  • Repair damaged machinery — no matter how minor that damage is — to make sure the equipment doesn’t degrade, saving you from more expensive repairs once the machinery is in use again.

Warehousing and Storage in San Francisco

Are you looking for a place to store your machinery? Turn to Sheedy Crane.

We can receive and store your equipment on either a long or short-term basis and haul it to your job site as needed.

With our San Francisco warehousing & storage service, you’ll get:

  • Secure open and covered storage
  • Customized plans for larger and long-term projects
  • Handling for a wide range of equipment, including HVAC units, boilers, chillers, tanks and generators

With locations at the Port of San Francisco and Port of Stockton, Sheedy Crane can help your company store your machinery safely until you’re ready to use it. Contact us today to learn more.


December 18, 2020by Sheedy Crane0

Construction equipment is a significant investment, and one of the ways to make sure you get the greatest return on that investment is through routine maintenance.

By keeping your equipment maintained, you’ll reduce repair costs, shorten downtime, add to the life of your machinery, and improve on its resale value.

In this blog post, our San Francisco warehousing and storage company will discuss a few ways to make sure your maintenance routine helps you get the most out of your equipment.

Maintenance Scheduling for Heavy Machinery

Stick to the maintenance schedule suggested by the manufacturer to make sure your equipment functions at its best.

Daily visual inspections can help too, asking questions such as:

  • Are there signs of misalignment after operating the equipment on uneven or rough terrain? Are the tires and axles in good condition?
  • Do you see any oil leakage?
  • Are the vehicles’ fluids at the proper level?

You should also consider going beyond that the manufacturer could know about the environment where your equipment is operating.

For example, you might be operating in an environment where the weather gets very humid, or very dry, or on a job site with corrosive or abrasive soils. Factors like this can impact the inner workings of your machinery, and are the types of things your manufacturer wouldn’t have a way of knowing.

Safety Basics

Make sure the workers who will be using your equipment receive proper, thorough training and only although employees who have received that training operate this machinery. Workers should also wear protective gear such as hard hats, goggles and industrial ear plugs.

You can also protect your equipment — and your workers — by ensuring that everyone pays strict attention to safety regulations. Working construction equipment might seem simple, but don’t be fooled. Equipment should be used for its intended purpose and only by people with adequate training.

Proper Storage

Finally, make sure you have somewhere to store your construction equipment when it won’t be in use for long stretches.

This should be some place that’s secure and keeps your machinery away from moisture, direct sunlight and other conditions that can lead to rust and other types of degradation.

San Francisco Warehousing and Storage From Sheedy Crane

One way to keep your equipment properly maintained is to make sure it’s somewhere safe when you’re not using it. If you need a place for machinery storage in San Francisco, Sheedy Crane can help.

Sheedy can receive and store your equipment on either a long or short-term basis and haul it to your job site as needed.

With our San Francisco warehousing & storage service, you’ll get:

  • Secure storage, in both open and covered varieties
  • Customized plans for either larger or long-term projects
  • We also provide handling for a wide range of equipment, including HVAC units, boilers, chillers, tanks and generators

With operations at the Port of San Francisco and Port of Stockton, Sheedy Crane can keep your construction equipment safe until you’re ready to use it. Contact us today to learn more.


November 9, 2020by Sheedy Crane0

This year marks a milestone for the crane rental industry: the 25th anniversary of the founding of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators.

Commonly referred to as the NCCCO, this independent, not-for-profit organization administers a nationwide training and certification program for crane operators.

Since 1996, the NCCCO has worked with our industry to create courses and standards that reflect safety and practical knowledge requirements for crane operators.

Read on to learn why NCCCO certification is an important consideration for anyone searching for a Bay Area crane rental.

What does NCCCO certification mean?

NCCCO certifications cover all sorts of cranes — tower, boom truck, etc. — and accreditation for not only operators, but people in related positions such as signal persons and riggers.

These certification programs are formally recognized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), making them a crucial component of any operator’s training, as they help ensure a safe work environment. In fact, OSHA now requires crane certifications to come from recognized partners such as NCCCO.

In addition to OSHA, NCCCO also works closely with a number of other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

NCCCO programs also meet the ASME B30 standards set by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

According to the NCCCO, the organization has overseen more than 1.5 million exams and issued more than 425,000 certifications nationwide, which means a substantial number of load handling professionals have the proper training and qualifications.

The benefits of a NCCCO-certified Bay Area crane rental

NCCCO certification provides several benefits, including:

  • Lower risk of loss
  • Fewer accidents
  • More consistent training
  • More opportunities for people who work with load handling equipment
  • Peace of mind for both people in the industry and the general public that load handling equipment workers have the proper training.

NCCCO has the support of a diverse group of industries that use load-handling equipment, including construction, energy, equipment rental, automotive and petrochemicals.

These programs are national in scope, operated by a private nonprofit and independent of labor relations policies.

NCCCO programs are tailored to different varieties of load-handling equipment activities, and accredited by the American National Standards, a nationally-recognized authority for professional credentialing.

Professional, NCCCO-certified Bay Area crane operators from Sheedy Crane

If you have a job that requires crane operators in the Bay Area and need to know you’re hiring NCCCO-certified professionals, look no further than Sheedy Crane.

We have a diverse and modern fleet of mobile and speciality cranes, all owned by Sheedy and operated by NCCCO-certified operators and maintained by our in-house maintenance shop.

Our cranes include:

  • All-terrain cranes
  • Lattice boom cranes
  • Hydraulic truck cranes
  • Rough terrain cranes
  • Roof-mounted cranes

We can also provide auxiliary and support equipment such as crane mats, man-baskets, flying job, pallet forks and debris boxes.

Sheedy would be more than happy to send one of our estimators to your job site or office to help plan and price your Bay Area crane rental.


October 15, 2020by Sheedy Crane0

First developed in the 1970s, seismic base isolation is a retrofitting technique that gives buildings the flexibility to stand up against the lateral forces of an earthquake.

When positioned against a load-bearing column of a building or bridge, base isolators act like large motor mounts, absorbing the impact of seismic events and thus lowering the seismic forces transmitted through the structure.

It’s a popular practice in several countries, including China, New Zealand and a number of South American nations. In Turkey — where earthquakes are common and often deadly — officials have undertaken a $13.6 billion project to build new hospitals using seismic base isolation.

In America, seismic retrofitting hasn’t been quite as popular. But it’s something building owners should consider, particularly in the Bay Area.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of seismic base isolation in the Bay Area and discuss how Sheedy Crane has been involved in some of the region’s most high-profile seismic retrofitting projects.

Why Should We Invest in Bay Area Seismic Retrofitting?

The key reason for investing in seismic retrofitting is safety. By making your building more durable in the face of earthquake damage, you’re keeping your employees, customers and visitors safer.

You’ll also be protecting the investment you’ve made in your building and business. The cost of making repairs following an earthquake is substantially greater than the cost of a Bay Area seismic retrofitting project.

And if earthquake damage renders your building uninhabitable, you’ll not only have to worry about the cost of repairs, you might find yourself searching for a temporary space and paying for those costs as well as any normal businesses expenses.

Bay Area Seismic Retrofitting from Sheedy Crane

Although we’ve made a name for ourselves as a leader in cranes and hauling, Sheedy Crane is also an expert provider of seismic retrofitting.

We have been instrumental parts of several key Bay Area seismic retrofit projects, including San Francisco’s City Hall, the largest building in the world ever upgraded with seismic base isolators. We also installed what were — at the time — the largest friction pendulum isolators on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge.

Some of our other projects include:

  • Pasadena City Hall, Pasadena, CA. Completed in April 2007, this project involved the installation of 238 friction pendulum isolators, column loads up to 450 tons.
  • Oakland City Hall, Oakland, CA. Completed in 1994, this project involved the installation of 113 isolators, column loads up to 1,900 tons.
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center, Long Beach, CA. Completed in November 1994, it involved the installation of 113 isolators, column loads up to 1,900 tons
  • UCLA’s Kerkhoff Hall, Los Angeles. This project, which concluded in December 1995, involved the installation of 128 isolators and 36 sliders, column loads up to 281 tons
  • Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. This project was completed in May 2002, with the installation of 196 rubberized isolators. Column loads up to 600 tons

When you work with Sheedy, you’ll get:

  • Complete column base isolator, slider, and flat-jack installation services
  • Column isolation, temporary support, jacking system installation, and load transfer engineering
  • Complete project management and engineering services performed directly by Sheedy Drayage Co. personnel

Contact us today to learn more about our Bay Area seismic retrofitting services.


April 9, 2020by Sheedy Crane0

Construction is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Solution

When it comes to doing good work and planning a successful lift or job, deciding which equipment you should use is a high priority. Many OSHA violations and jobsite accidents can come from the fact that a worker or operator has erroneously decided to solve a problem using the wrong equipment. This can be something as simple as using a winch to lift something far too heavy for the load bearing capacity. Two common pieces of equipment that serve similar functions are the “boom truck” and crane. The only real question is, when should you use each?

What is a Boom Truck?

If you have worked in construction, it seems to be a silly question to ask. However, the term boom truck is often used interchangeably for several mobile vehicles with lifting capabilities. Basically, any vehicle that can move and has a crane atop it can be considered a boom truck.

Best Jobs for Boom Trucks

The biggest advantage that boom trucks have is that they can maneuver quite easily around a jobsite. Construction workers know that regardless of how well laid the plans are for a job site, as well as lift planning, a construction site is still a hectic place to get around in. If it wasn’t, OSHA would not be so strict on safety protocols involving personnel wandering around the lift area.

While a boom truck can lift heavy loads of several tons with stability, it’s not the prime choice of machinery to use with heavy duty lifting. The chief benefit of using a boom truck is the versatility it offers in handling a variety of smaller jobs around the site. A lot of times, equipment or materials need to be hoisted onto an elevated part of the jobsite, and a boom truck can very efficiently handle this task.

A cherry picker is a great example of a type of boom truck which has a loading basket fastened to it. This is a crucial tool for maintenance workers who often need to stop and go to various places and reach inaccessible heights.

When Should You Rent a Crane?

Cranes are best utilized for lifting extremely heavy loads which will require counterbalancing and more stability than a truck can offer. The vast majority of sites will require a mobile crane instead of the many other types of specialty cranes. Mobile cranes are most often used for moving equipment and materials that are too heavy for a boom truck or other smaller equipment to move.

There are many different steps involved in a successful construction job. When you think of a construction site the first thing you may think of is a crane. However, newly hired construction workers are surprised to find out that using a crane is only a small part of doing a majority of jobs. Before that time comes, there is a lot of planning, resource allocation, and set up involved at the site. Smaller equipment such as boom trucks can help facilitate that process and speed it up.

It is for this reason that companies like us at Sheedy Crane provide our cranes for rental. Ultimately, businesses operate on fine margins and are always looking for cost-effective solutions. While access to a crane is critical for completing many if not most big jobs, you will find it is much more effective to simply rent the crane for the period in which you actually need it.

This puts an even greater importance on planning your lifts and project management.

Bay Area Crane Rental

A crane is an essential piece of equipment in construction work. While there are many different tools and equipment available to do similar jobs, it is an irreplaceable aspect of getting things done on site. Whether using a boom truck or a dedicated crane, they are the prevailing tool for resource allocation and site management that allows projects to go smoothly, and safely.

Contact Sheedy Crane for all of your crane rental needs.