You don’t always need to run large equipment when you are setting your trusses. Using your skid steer to raise and place truss booms make the process much simpler.
A truss boom is a light weight, fixed or adjustable length arm that is used to lift roof trusses into place during construction. A truss boom built for a skid steer will either have a skid steer quick attach mount or fork slots to couple it to the host machine on one end, and a pintle hitch on the other end to lift the load.
Typical skid steer truss jibs won’t have hydraulic moving parts, so they can remain light weight and reliable.
Fixed length skid steer truss booms can be purchased in several different sizes, typically 6, 9 or 12 feet.
Shorter booms will have higher lifting capacities because they create less leverage on the skid steer. For example, Haugen’s 6 foot Skid Steer Truss Boom has a 2000 pound capacity, while the 9 and 12 foot models have a 1,000 pound capacity. Always check the manufacturers recommendations for your boom.
If you are planning on using your truss boom with other machines that don’t have skid steer quick attach mounts, then fork slotted may be the better option. For example, some customers may want to use their truss jib with a telehandler when working on larger structures, in this case a fork slotted truss jib would be a better option.
If you need a high lifting capacity, or an adjustable length boom, then you might be best to look at an adjustable jib instead.
One Industrial Jib that we offer from Blue Diamond offers a 6000 pound lift capacity at 78” and 3000 pound capacity at 143.25”.
Skid Steer Industrial jibs may have an “eye hook” rather than a pintle hitch. Regardless of the hook/hitch set up, both will require outside help when lifting or lowering loads.
The Hook or hitch one your Truss Boom should be rated for a higher overall capacity than the rest of the boom. Many manufacturers put 5 Ton hooks on Truss boom that are only rated to 2,000 pounds.
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