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Giben Icon Fast - Insustrial Panel Saw #2: big trucks and heavy skids

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 10-23-2019 03:48 PM 374 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s a bunch of pics from yesterdays fun….

We weren’t expecting two trucks… but that’s what we got. I’ve never seen this type of trailer before. They call them “Conestoga” trailers (apparently a not do the old covered wagons). One driver said the only problem with them was that once a customer saw one, they would never want a tarped load again.

This skid turned out to be the heaviest one of all. We tried to pick it with our 10K Heister and the rear wheels came off the ground.

Riggers had not troubles

Here’s where things got interesting. We have a shed along the back of this buidling, where we used to run a 100 HP 1960’s vintage Stenner band saw (with a 30’ x 8” blade that took three men to carry). We had 20’ wide doors in the gable end of the building and the shed to move cant stock and boards in and out. But we framed in the door at the end of the building when we ditched the saw… then years later we opened up the hole and the shed is now just an extension of the building… but they left 2’ of the door way framed in for some reason. Sawzall to the rescue…

We then cut ~18” off the end of the skid and tried to swing it in. We made it through the first door, but couldn’t get the approach angle needed to swing it in the second door.

So we had to put it on heavy duty rigger dollies and roll it in lengthwise.

Assembly is under way and making good progress. The tech is scheduled to be on site for 10 days and wants to work through the weekend, both Sat. and Sunday.

The only glitch so far is that we thought we were getting the automated label printer and optimization software with the machine and it is not here. So I’ve been reviewing our contract and yapping on the phone with the Giben peeps down in GA. Hopefully they can get one up here ASAP before the tech leaves.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam



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#1 posted 10-24-2019 03:53 PM

we get those kinds of trailers in our yard here in socal all the time,saves a lot of time time tarping and makes loading easy.thats one hell of a saw,what type of business do you guys do.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 10-24-2019 04:57 PM


what type of business do you guys do.
- pottz

We are an industrial packaging company and this saw is for our crate shop. We dice up a flat bed load of panels every two weeks and the business is growing. We have a hard time hiring capable people (who can pass a drug test and will actually work) so our strategy is to accommodate growth by making the people we have more productive.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#3 posted 10-24-2019 05:08 PM

our yard is in the process of do the same thing,machines that will do the work of 3 or 4 guys with one.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 10-24-2019 08:06 PM


our yard is in the process of do the same thing,machines that will do the work of 3 or 4 guys with one.
- pottz

With the labor market this tight (2.3% unemployment in our state…. and most of that group of people are the chronically unemployable) we just can’t find people. It’s either buy automation, or tell our customers we can’t help them.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#5 posted 10-24-2019 08:07 PM


our yard is in the process of do the same thing,machines that will do the work of 3 or 4 guys with one.
- pottz

With the labor market this tight (2.3% unemployment in our state…. and most of that group of people are the chronically unemployable) we just can’t find people. It’s either buy automation, or tell our customers we can’t help them.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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