A CAT in the Sky

December 10, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

It's a bird! It's a plane! Wait no, it's a Cat TH514C Telehandler! 

Hello everyone! This blog is going to be focused on a spectacular piece of equipment. With a forward extension of 35 feet, a lifting height of 45 feet, and weighing around 24,000 pounds this Telehandler is built to get the job done. 

Now, I am familiar with several different types of equipment, but when I saw this I was asking some questions. It has a very unique look to it causing it to stand out amongst the different machinery. First of all, I noticed these massive tires on it. This gives the machine the ability to attack any kind of terrain out there. The thick layers of mud to get to the concrete were no problem either, it trudged on. It was a rainy day and trust me the ground was slippery and wet. This machine remained secure throughout the rain. Something I wish my boots would have done. 

The next standout to me was the boom. It kept going, and reaching, and stretching until finally it stopped at about 45 feet in the air. Everyone's head was pointed up at the sky while they worked. I bet there were some sore necks that night! Anyways, they kept a good spirit even though it was raining all day. They had been preparing to do this for several weeks now, so nothing was going to stop them! 

This machine made their jobs easier and safer. It handled the half ton steal beams as if they were toothpicks. Now, there was one more thing I noticed about this machine. As I was taking pictures and trying to fit all of the Telehandler in the frame, I saw the beginning of the Alphabet lettered onto the boom, A, B, C, and D. 

This caused confusion in my little brain. I thought long and hard about it but couldn't come up with a solution. Luckily I was around twenty other guys that did! I found out it was a guide to the operator. As the boom lifts and stretches out, it lowers the amount of weight it can hold on the forks. By having the letters as coordinates, the operator can look down at the guide in the cab and make sure the amount of weight is supported at that height. I thought that was one of the niftiest things I had ever heard! It is so convenient! Just another gem of knowledge to have. :) 

This piece of equipment captivated me with its unique look and way of operation. It was reliable and was perfect for the job that day. Although it was a rainy day I still had so much fun watching the building go up with the help of this machine. I hope you enjoyed learning about this machine as much as I did! Have a lovely week and I will be back to tell you all about mine! 


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