An arborist of 25 years, Connally utilizes a variety of rigging gear and tools, including his Palfinger knuckle-boom crane and wanted to add greater strength to weight ratio to Craneva’s pruning or felling applications with the Crosby G2140 alloy bolt type shackles, available in from 2t to 175t. His shackles range from 13t and 15t capacity.

The shackles will be used with a 26,000-lb. capacity Crosby Straightpoint Radiolink plus load cell and a 60kN capacity load pin from the same manufacturer.

“I wanted to move to a nutted and pinned set-up for safety, and the reduction in weight was appealing. The nut and pin allows an additional safety aspect that is critical in my line of work. The streamlined set-up and the additional level of safety is worth it on any project. The shackles were supplied with bolt, nut and cotter pin,” sad Connally.

Other features include; similarity to the G2130 version but superior alloy steel construction for maximum capacity versus physical size; the anchor bow style accommodates loads or pulls from multiple angles, ideal for installations where the load may slide causing the pin to rotate and all sizes are individually proof loaded to two times working load limit.

Connally is a National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) certified crane operator and has been using cranes in arboreal applications for 25 years. His team is fully trained in arborist rigging and technical rescue rigging operations and Connally is also an instructor at the Crane Safety Climber School, a class for arborists working with cranes for tree work.