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2250 MAX-ER Does the Job

Bigge, once again, makes a complicated lift at a power plant look routine by hoisting and setting generators that weighed up 218,000 lbs.

For the project we provided a Manitowoc 2250 MAX-ER 2000, configured with 160' of main boom and 462,000 lbs. of MAX-ER counterweight. The 2250 was picking the 218,000 lbs. pieces at a radius of 90'.

Over the two-day duration of the job, we lifted out the old generator and replaced it with the new one. Because of the tight space restrictions, making the picks required extensive planning and coordination between Bigge's crewmembers. After the 2250 hoisted the old generator, the crane was boomed up and walked back 100' before the piece could be set. Placing the new generator required a very similar process whereby the unit was hoisted, the crane walked into place, and the new piece set.

To find out more about Bigge's Manitowoc 2250 MAX-ER, contact us today at 888-337-2444 or

Bigge Pulls Off Amazing Downtown SF Lift

Bigge awed the Financial District as they lifted and placed a 26,650 pound generator up and over one office building to the roof of another on a tight San Francisco street. The job required the generator to be lifted over 300 feet and placed at the top of a building that couldn't even be seen by any crew on the ground. Not only did the job require the generator be lifted in one piece, but the location of the building was at Hawthorne and Harrison in San Francisco, a densely packed South of Market neighborhood. Because of the requirements of the job, the only crane that could make the lift would be a large capacity crawler, which is complicated to both assemble and operate on narrow downtown streets and relatively short city blocks.

Fortunately for the client, Bigge has a near century of experience specializing in these kinds of difficult jobs. To perform the lift, Bigge employed its newest Liebherr LR1300SX, along with three crews to make the most of the time we had to perform the lift. Friday evening, with the assistance of the SFPD, Bigge shut down Hawthorne Street for three blocks, while two assist cranes prepared and built the 330 ton crawler crane to make the pick. Bigge had an 80-ton RT put the treads and counterweight on the crane, while another 50-ton capacity RT laid out and assembled the boom and jib.

Once the crawler was assembled, a process taking nearly twelve hours, the slope of the street was leveled with crane mats, and the crane was walked forty feet to the site of the lift. Bigge's second crew worked all day Saturday performing the lifts, and the third shift dismantled the crane in less than eight hours, working through the night Saturday, which allowed the streets to reopen ahead of schedule Sunday morning.

Riding Heavy in SoCal

Once again, Bigge proves why it's the leading heavy transport company in the Country by handling over 500,000 lbs. of components over rail and from the port to a Southern California Power Plant project.

Here, Bigge is shown handling the massive load suspended on 16 lines of bolstered Dual Lane Goldhofer Trailer. The team had to work closely with local agencies and authorities for approval to transport loads of such magnitude in California. The transport was performed flawlessly, safely and on time, something Bigge prides itself with over 98 years heavy hauling experience. Just one of the many reasons Bigge Crane & Rigging Co. is the industry leader in California and across the country.

For more information about this transport or to inquire about using Bigge's services, please call 888-337-BIGGE or email

Port Work in Texas

Here's Bigge using its Kobelco CK2750G crawler crane for a job at a port in Texas.

The 275-ton crawler crane was assisting with the removal of an old rotor as well as the setting of its replacement. Each rotor weighed in at about 110,000 lbs. The crane was configured with 100' of main boom, full counterweight, and a working radius of 50' to hoist and set the units.

The signature feature of the CK-G series is that everything about it has been engineered to help conserve energy. Its winch allows for maximum speed even at low idle, saving energy. Its exclusive Auto Idle Stop (AIS) feature stops the engine when the crane is stopped, which lowers emissions. And of course, the new Tier IV clean diesel engine, which includes a new energy-saving assist system called the "G Mode", reducing fuel consumption by 30%.

To find out more about Bigge's selection of Kobelco cranes, contact us today at 888-337-2444 or

Bigge's Growing Fleet of Liebherr Cranes!

Bigge Crane and Rigging just commissioned its 25th Liebherr LR1300 crawler crane, giving Bigge the largest LR1300 fleet in the world.

Favorites of both Bigge and its customers, as of this writing Bigge has 100% utilization on these 330-ton capacity crawler cranes, deployed on jobs from Richmond, Virginia to the SF Bay Area. Bigge has anchored their fleet with the LR1300 because its flexibility, ease of assembly and transportation characteristics are all best in class. The Liebherr LR1300 also sports the best load chart in class, numerous configurations, and technological advantages such as a state of the art CANBUS electronic system.

To find out more about Bigge's wide selection of Liebherr cranes, contact us


Knowing what to do for an eye emergency can save valuable time and possibly prevent vision loss. Here are some instructions for basic eye injury first aid.

  • BE PREPARED Wear eye protection for all hazardous and work related activities.
  • DO NOT assume that any eye injury is harmless. See a doctor immediately.


  • In all cases, immediately flush the eye with water or any drinkable liquid for 15 minutes. Hold the eye under a faucet, shower or container, keeping the eye open and as wide as possible while flushing.
  • DOES NOT use an eye cup DO NOT bandage the eye
  • Seek immediate medical treatment after flushing


  • DO NOT rub the eye. Try and let tears wash the speck out or use eyewash. If speck does not wash out, keep the eye closed, bandage it lightly and see a doctor.


  • DO NOT wash out the eye with water or anything.
  • DO NOT try to remove an object that is stuck in the eye. Cover the eye with a rigid object without applying pressure. Cover both eyes (movement of uninjured eye will make other eye move)

If you have any questions, please call Perry Churchill in Safety at 510.846-7997

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