What are the components of a crane access trestle?

A crane access trestle is a type of framework used to support a crane over a body of water. This framework allows cranes to operate in areas that are hard to reach or environmentally sensitive, such as rivers, lakes and wetlands. Most commonly, crane access trestles are used as an alternative to mounting a crane on a barge, or dredging a body of water to allow the crane access.

Crane Access Trestle Components

Typically, a crane access trestle is comprised of driven pile bents spanned by wide flange beams, which carry the load weight. Some trestles are bolstered by bulkheads on either end to prevent shoreline erosion. Crane mats are also used with crane access trestles to provide a stable base for equipment and prevent damage to the trestle.

Crane Access Trestle Pipe Piles

Steel pipe pile is an essential component for the foundation of most crane access trestles. The pipe piles are usually between 24” and 36” long, though they can reach 40’ and beyond. The working surface of a crane access trestle is usually between 30’ and 40’. The size of piling in terms of both thickness and length depends on how much support the crane access trestles need to provide. This is based on factors like the weight of equipment as well as the soil conditions (i.e. whether the soil is soft, rocky, underwater, etc.). Once the trestles are constructed using these individual piling components, they frequently span several hundred or over a thousand feet.

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Crane Access Trestle Bulkheads

Sometimes crane access trestles are bolstered by bulkheads, which helps prevent shorelines from eroding. The bulkheads serve as walls that keep the soil back and prevent it from being carried out into the water. This ultimately aids in stabilizing the shore that surrounds the trestles.

Crane Mats

Crane access trestles are often used in conjunction with crane mats (also known as timber crane mats and timber mats), which are mats made of heavy-duty wooden planks placed underneath the trestle to provide a stable platform for the machinery to function. Crane mats also protect the steel of the crane access trestle by creating a barrier between the trestle and the equipment it supports.

Crane Access Trestle Size and Location Configuration

Crane access trestles can support cranes and equipment weighing more than 250 tons. These trestles often lower the number of trucks that have to travel through construction areas. Once installed, crane access trestles are only accessible by boat. A typical installation of crane access trestles might extend 1,000 feet from the shoreline and is situated parallel from the marine structure under construction.

Selling a Used Crane Access Trestle

There are many good reasons to sell your crane access trestle when you no longer need it: you can recoup some of your original investment, save storage space, and help other contractors who are looking to purchase their equipment used. Used crane access trestles hold their value, which makes reselling them a smart choice. Eiffel Trading’s online platform makes it easy to list and sell your used access trestles.

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Buying a Used Crane Access Trestle

Buying a used crane access trestle can help you save both time and money, since used trestles are more budget-friendly than new trestles and can often be attained more quickly than those shipped from a manufacturer. Eiffel Trading’s online platform makes it easy to find and purchase used crane access trestles at a competitive price.

Common Sizes for Crane Access Trestle Steel Beams

Steel beam used for crane access trestles must be large enough to support the weight of the crane. Some common steel beam sizes used for these trestles includes:

W24x55, W24x62, W24x68, W24x76, W24x84, W24x94, W24x103, W24x204, W24x117, W24x131, W24x146, W24x162, W24x176, W24x192, W24x207, W24x229

W27x84, W27x94, W27x102, W27x114, W27x129, W27x146, W27x161, W27x178, W27x194

W30x90, W30x99, W30x108, W30x116, W30x124, W30x132, W30x148

W33x118, W33x130, W33x141, W33x152, W33x169

W36x135, W36x150, W36x160, W36x170, W36x182, W36x194, W36x210, W36x232, W36x256

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