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Palfinger Crane Helps Keep Building in the Family

Mon July 25, 2011 - Midwest Edition
Kristie Pohlman

When retired finish carpenter Cletus Kummerer, spent time working with his grandson, Brian Kummerer, in his little wood shed, he never could have imagined the impact he had made. Within those four walls, he took time to work with Brian and taught him the trade that supported the Ohio family for so many years.

Years later, Cletus passed away and Brian decided to relocate the shed to his property 15 mi. away.

He wasn’t sure he could make his dream a reality with the building being so old along with other challenges in making the move. He also had to deal with the fact that his grandfather’s shed was in Tiffin, Ohio, while his home was 15 miles away in Fostoria. Other potential issues included rigging the building so that it remained stable, the tight working area where the shed was located, ground conditions at both locations and overhead utility lines.

He was able to rent crane services from Tiffin Loader Crane who consulted with him and scheduled the move. Personnel from TLC came out to assess both job sites to determine if and how the lift could be made. Cletus lived in an area where the houses were close together with narrow driveways. However, the back yard was relatively free of obstructions with access to the neighboring street behind the house. Miles away, Brian’s property posed no need for concern as it had wide open spaces. With everything evaluated, there was no reason why the building couldn’t be transported.

Brian enlisted the help of his father and a good friend, along with a few guys from Tiffin Loader Crane to start the project. His flatbed gooseneck trailer was positioned in the backyard close to the building. Out front, TLC easily backed the truck in the driveway to give the rear mounted

Palfinger crane optimal reach and operator visibility.

“The PK 40002C with a PJ 080 jib attached has the potential to lift 2,000 lbs. at a reach of 72 ft. horizontally” said Jason Smith, sales representative of Tiffin Loader Crane.

He went on to explain that this particular model would have no problem making the pick. In fact, the 4,500 lb. building was only moved half that distance at any point during the move and placement. Once the shed was placed on the back of the flatbed trailer and secured, they proceeded with caution to their destination.

The transport and arrival of the shed was uneventful most likely due to the lack of traffic on unoccupied rural roads.

“You couldn’t ask for better conditions, the roads were empty and the sun was out,” said Brian.

With the weather cooperating, the ground was in perfect condition to handle the weight of the shed laden trailer as well as the Palfinger crane.

Once the vehicles were situated, placing the shed was executed seamlessly.

“That little shed means the world to me,” Brian said once the project was complete.

For more information, contact Palfinger at 800/567-1554 or visit

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