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Bigge Goes Big...No, HUGE at CONEXPO

What a CONEXPO for Bigge!!! As one of the most talked about companies at the show, the Bigge Blue was everywhere, once again showing the growth and market presence of the company. As seen above, Bigge took ownership of Kobelco CK2750G, a 275 ton crawler and one of the most technologically advanced cranes in its class (chart). In a champagne ceremony, Kobelco and Bigge celebrated a continuing and growing relationship.

Oh but the fun wasn't over. Bigge also took ownership of two Tadano machines, the GR1000XL, a 100 ton capacity rough terrain crane (chart), and the GR150XL, a 15 ton rough terrain (chart). They were immediately put into Bigge's fleet and have already been busy on jobsites in Texas and California.

Bigge also placed orders for six new Manitowoc MLC650 crawler cranes (chart), a crane that is poised to change the lifting industry. The MLC650 is loaded with an array of innovative features, most notably the unique Variable Position Counterweight system (VPC). The VPC allows for MAX-ER type capacities without the need for a wagon, resulting in both less foundation preparation and lower ground bearing pressures. Bigge will be receiving machines early in the production cycle, contact us right away to have us help you engineer these cranes into your next large-crane requirement.

The Bigge blue could also be found at the Xtreme booth with the purchase of the entire 2014 Xtreme XR line, as well as at the Broderson booth on Bigge's new Broderson IC250. We are already looking forward to CONEXPO 2017, where we plan to be even Bigge, Better and Stronger!!!

Bigge Times Four

Bigge has been providing cranes for an ongoing project that, when complete, will bring four new buildings on a single city block to a major city in California.

So far, we have provided tower cranes and numerous mobile cranes for the project. These cranes have included our Terex T340-XL, our Link-Belt HTC 8675 Series II, and even our 600-ton Demag AC500. Recently, for a one-month duration, Bigge had two of our Liebherr LTM1220 all terrain cranes on-site, hoisting and setting panels and rebar cages as the site was prepared for construction of the buildings. These 265-ton cranes were configured with 171' of main boom and 163,000 lbs. of counterweight. They were making picks of up to 30,000 lbs (insert link to chart).

2013 saw Bigge begin its acquisition of more than a dozen new all-terrain cranes. With our extensive fleet of cranes, Bigge has been able to accommodate any sudden need for mobile cranes that have occurred throughout our coverage area.

To find our more or to speak with a Bigge representative today, contact Bigge at 888-337-2444 or

Bridge Lift

Here's Bigge lifting a pedestrian bridge in Southern California.

Bigge provided one of our 350-ton Grove GMK6350 all-terrain cranes (chart), configured with 124' of main and 220,400 lbs. of counterweight. The steel bridge was 170' long and weighed 115,000 lbs. Four lines of rigging were hooked onto the piece, and once it was hoisted our crew helped to guide the bridge into place.

Five-section and full power TWIN-LOCK boom and a 200' luffing jib. This crane uses Grove's MEGAFORM boom design which eliminates stiffeners between boom sections, increasing capacity and reducing weight. It's a reliable crane that Bigge uses often on our heavier jobs.

For more information on this job or our line of all-terrain cranes, contact Bigge today at 888-337-2444 or

Generator Switch-out

Here's Bigge at a power plant for a generator replacement.

The project took place over several weeks, with Bigge removing the old generator and installing the new one.

Bigge provided our Manitowoc 2250 MAX-ER 2000 crawler crane configured with 160' of main boom and full counterweight along with 462,000 lbs. of Super-Lift counterweight (chart). This MAX-ER attachment is supported on a carrier that trails the crane and increases this crane's 300-ton capacity to 500 tons.

The 2250 on MAX-ER was essential for this generator replacement, because of both the weight and distance of the picks. Our heaviest pick weighed in at 203,000 lbs., which we were lifting and setting at a max radius of 100'.

The Manitowoc 2250 was a solid choice for this job because the added counterweight gave the crane a high capacity but was still able to fit within the restricted footprint.

For more information on this job or for pricing on the Manitowoc 2250, contact a Bigge representative today at 888-337-2444 or

Bigge Ingenuity

Bigge has been an authorized dealer for Xtreme Manufacturing for over a year by now. These best-in-class forklifts are available from any of our locations nationwide.

Currently Bigge has four Xtreme models available for lease. We offer the High Capacity XR2045, with its 20,000 lbs. capacity and 45' maximum lift height, the Ultra High Capacity Forklifts such as the XR2450 with a maximum lift height of 50', the XR3034, with up to 30,000 lbs. capacity and a maximum lift height of 34', and the XR4030 with 40,000 lbs. capacity and 30' maximum life height. These forklifts have performed well time and again and continue to be in very high demand.

Xtreme Manufacturing machines have an excellent reputation for their dependability, rugged design, and their durable carriages. They have 360-degree operator visibility, a wide range of attachments and accessories, and many of the major components are covered under warranty. Xtreme Manufacturing forklifts benefit from a much more rugged design than their competitors without sacrificing flexibility or operator comfort. Xtreme also has one of the best warranties in the business, covering the frame and chassis for 10 years, the boom and rollers for five years, and the engine, electrical, transmission, drive axles and hydraulic components for two years.

Xtreme lifts are now available for lease throughout North America. To contact your local sales representative for price and availability, call or email Bigge at 888-337-2444 or

Be ready for the heat of summer

HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. These illnesses and deaths are preventable. As you plan your day, either for work or play, think about how you're going to stay hydrated so that you don't become a victim of heat illness.

What is heat illness?

The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn't enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if precautions are not taken. Heat illnesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention and can result in death.

  • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you're not thirsty.
  • Rest in the shade to cool down.
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
  • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.
  • Keep an eye on fellow workers.
  • Check the weather for the next day, if it's going to be really hot, hydrate the night before.

Remember these three simple words: Water, Rest, Shade. Taking these precautions can mean the difference between life and death.

OSHA has a great app for both iPhone and Galaxy that will tell you what the heat index is and what precautions to take for that temperature.

If you have any questions or concerns about heat illness, contact Perry Churchill, Safety Training Manager at 510-846-7997.

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