A Custom 80 ft PowerMast for Irwin Products and Innovative Masonry Restoration: Case Study

Since our founding in 1993, ReechCraft has set itself apart with innovative products and first-rate services. We are excited to share our product highlights and tips with you so that you can take full advantage of our American-made products. Today, we're eager to share a case study about a custom PowerMast used to restore the interior of a State Office building in Missouri at heights up to 80 ft!

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A Custom 80 ft PowerMast for Irwin Products

Background: In business since 1991, Irwin Products has continually grown due to their commitment to service and the ability to promptly supply the needs of local construction firms. As a distributor of construction materials, they carry a wide variety of supplies to meet the needs of the construction industry. Based in St. Louis, Irwin Products serves customers throughout eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. Irwin Products is a proud member of the American Subcontractors Association, the Mason Contractor’s Association and the St. Louis Concrete Council.

Innovative Masonry Restoration, based out of Prior Lake, Minnesota and Kansas City, Kansas, serves the entire Midwest with maintenance, repair, restoration and waterproofing for commercial, residential, government and historical properties. IMR had used Reechcraft equipment on other jobs and knew it would be a great fit for this job.Problem: The Harry S. Truman State Office building in Jefferson City, MO, was originally constructed in 1983; the building and grounds consume 53 acres. Since its construction, the decorative limestone panels on the interior of the building have started to deteriorate and fall apart. The limestone panels, some as high as 80 ft in the air, were in need of repair so they did not become a safety hazard to those below. The floor could not support a high load, so boom lifts could not be used. The building is being occupied with office personnel during the renovation period, so setting up scaffolding wasn’t feasible. Solution: ReechCraft worked with Irwin Products to design and build a custom Freestanding PowerMast Quad that could achieve the needed height while still being light enough that the floor could easily support it. The PowerMast system is highly versatile. It provided a safe working platform for restoration workers from Innovative Masonry Restoration without obstructing essential parts of the building so office personnel could continue working as usual. With a skilled two-person crew, the system was erected in two to three hours with a minimal amount of tools. Between every five foot mast section, the PowerMast Quad has a tie that clamps down, giving the system a sturdy structure. This way, workers can erect the system as they ascend, and there's space to carry additional masts within the platform. The base is connected to a stability system that helps workers to balance out the loads. The PowerMast Quad must start out being plumb, level and square; with the aid of a good level and a little training, the crews quickly mastered this system. 

Benefits: Vince Irwin Sr. from Irwin Products said, “The Freestanding PowerMast Quad is a perfect fit for this project.” Another great benefit is the ease of moving the system from location to location inside the building. When the time comes to move the Quad, the crew can simply lower the platform and easily move the whole system to the next location without having to disassemble the masts. Even fully assembled, it's so lightweight that it takes only two people to move! And, two of the Quad systems can link together with a modular stage to create a large work bridge to cover over 30 ft of work area. The PowerMast is powered by a gearbox and corded drills on a 120 volt system.

If you have questions about any of our products or have a custom application, don't hesitate to contact us today. Many thanks to Vince Sr. and the team at Irwin Products, Jim Dolby, Michael Mann and Wayne Thaxton at IMR and our Territory Manager, CJ, for sharing their pictures and story with us!

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ReechCraft strives to find new access solutions to meet the needs of every craftsman, and is reaching new heights to do so. If you have questions about any of our products, have a custom application, want to place an order or would like additional information about our dealer program, give us a call at (888) 600-6160 or visit our website.

ReechCraft is Committed to Safety!

Since our founding in 1993, ReechCraft has set itself apart with innovative products and first-rate services. We pride ourselves on our ability to respond to the market with our durable product solutions. Today, we are eager to tell you about ReechCraft's commitment to safety!

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Safety First with ReechCraft
The construction industry can often be full of hazards, caused by the use of heavy materials, working at great heights and a myriad of other factors that are just inherent with the job. That’s why ReechCraft strives to make our access products as safe as possible, making the good work you do easier and safer than ever before!

Part of how we achieve such a high level of safety standards is by following Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines to the "T". ReechCraft products all adhere to OSHA standards in order to create the safest working conditions possible for the people who use our products.

When it comes to our PowerMastPowerPole and Bronco, following OSHA’s scaffolding regulations is a priority. OSHA details protocols to follow for optimal scaffolding safety and ReechCraft attends to them all. These standards can be found in OSHA’s Safety and Health Regulations for Construction guide under “Subpart L” for scaffolds.

In addition, our PowerLifts are built to the OSHA standards for lifts. Details on this can be found in “Subpart L” in the section on aerial lifts. From weight capacity guidelines to quality of product construction, you can rest assured that our access solutions will keep you safe on the jobsite because of our innovative design and dedication to safety requirements.

To learn more about our commitment to safety, visit our website. You can also learn more about OSHA’s policies on construction on their website.

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ReechCraft strives to find new access solutions to meet the needs of every craftsman. If you have questions about any of our products, have a custom application, want to place an order or would like additional information about our dealer program, call us at 1-888-600-6160 or visit our website.

 

Why Does ReechCraft Use a Drill and Gearbox Instead of an Internal Motor?

Since our founding in 1993, ReechCraft has set itself apart with innovative products and first-rate services. We are excited to share our product highlights and tips with you so that you can take full advantage of our American-made products. Today, we are eager to tell you the answer to a couple of our most frequently asked questions!

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Why does ReechCraft use a drill and gearbox instead of an internal motor? 
For over 25 years, ReechCraft has been a top innovator in the access industry. We work hard to solve the most basic access problems with new and improved products. But, we're frequently asked why we choose to use a gearbox and drill rather than an internal motor.

ReechCraft components are made of lightweight, easily-portable aluminum and strong, durable steel. To keep the overall unit as light as possible, heavy batteries or motors were not an option. We knew a gearbox along with drill would provide a very reliable, yet lightweight option. Craftsmen are comfortable working with a drill, and this is a tool they likely already have on the jobsite.

Another big reason is maintenance. ReechCraft wants to create products with minimal regular required maintenance so you can spend more time on the job. Our gearbox doesn't have to be recharged or plugged in, there are no cables to clean and there's no battery acid to worry about, especially in extreme temperatures.

Finally, a gearbox is much more cost effective than an integrated motor. There are no batteries to replace or electronics to service. A gearbox using top-of-the-line internal components will last a very long time! In the event that a problem does occur, your gearbox can easily be serviced without having to replace or repair an expensive motor.

What type of drill does ReechCraft recommend? 
To power our PowerLift, we recommend a 18v–20v cordless drill with two 5AH lithium ion batteries. To power our PowerMast and PowerPole, ReechCraft recommends a high-quality, corded 120v hammer drill (with the hammer function turned off). Hammer drills are more powerful than standard drills, and will last longer.

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Visit ReechCraft at NFMT Baltimore 
We want to remind you that we'll be in Baltimore at the National Facilities Management & Technology Conference/Expo next week. The show, held at the Baltimore Convention Center, takes place on March 26-28. Visit us at Booth #1800 and experience our PowerLift in action. Stop by and chat with Will and Kyle. We'll be glad to show you how our equipment has increased productivity and efficiency while remaining extremely safe and portable!

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ReechCraft strives to find new access solutions to meet the needs of every craftsman, and is reaching new heights to do so. If you have questions about any of our products, have a custom application, want to place an order or would like additional information about our dealer program, call us at (888) 600-6160 or visit our website. And, don't miss our blog!

Headed to NFMT Baltimore? See you there!

Since our founding in 1993, ReechCraft has set itself apart with innovative products and first-rate services. We are excited to share our product highlights and tips with you so that you can take full advantage of our American-made products. Today, we are eager to tell you about our next tradeshow appearance!

Visit ReechCraft at NFMT Baltimore 
ReechCraft is excited to announce that we are bringing our innovative, lightweight access products to the National Facilities Management & Technology Conference/Expo in Baltimore. The show will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center on March 27th & 28th. Visit us at Booth #1800 and experience our PowerLift in action. Stop by, chat with Will and Kyle, and see for yourself how our equipment has increased productivity and efficiency while remaining extremely safe and portable!

The PowerLift is a triple threat: convenient, secure and easy to use. It provides additional security and safety, while still helping you gain access to difficult-to-reach indoor and outdoor spaces. One person can easily move and operate this equipment up stairs or inclines – it's the lightest low-level lift on the market.

Even more, PowerLift accessories like the convenient Hitch Hauler eliminate the need for a trailer – any vehicle with a type III (2 in.) receiver hitch can transport the PowerLift! The PowerLift can be loaded and secured in under 15 seconds, and no ropes, chains or straps are required. Since no trailer is needed, you can keep your storage space available in the vehicle.

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ReechCraft strives to find new access solutions to meet the needs of every craftsman, and is reaching new heights to do so. If you have questions about any of our products, have a custom application, want to place an order or would like additional information about our dealer program, call us at (888) 600-6160 or visit our website.

Get Fast Access up to 200 Feet with PowerMast!

Since our founding in 1993, ReechCraft has set itself apart with innovative products and first-rate services. We are excited to share our product highlights and tips with you so that you can take full advantage of our American-made products. Today, we are eager to tell you about our safe and portable PowerMast.

The PowerMast offers unmatched portability and simplicity for a wide variety of access needs, up to 200 feet for tied configurations and up to 80 feet when freestanding! The tools-free mast assembly is not only quick and easy to put together, it is so compact that a 100 ft twin system can fit in the back of your truck or van while being rugged enough to lift up to 1,500 lbs! Use a Single Mast or a Twin Mast system, depending on what components you need for your project.

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Show Special Reminder - Expires 2/28/19! 
Our limited-time World of Concrete show special is about to expire! ReechCraft is offering FREE FREIGHT on our convenient, easy-to-use PowerLift to WOC show attendees through February 28, 2019.* Contact us to get more details about this special pricing option and be sure to mention this offer with your order.

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ReechCraft strives to find new access solutions to meet the needs of every craftsman, and is reaching new heights to do so. If you have questions about any of our products, have a custom application, want to place an order or would like additional information about our dealer program, call us at 1-888-600-6160 or visit our website.

 

* This limited time offer will run through February 28, 2019 for 2019 WOC attendees. Non-transferable. Offer is subject to change without notice. No cash value. Offer is not valid with any other offer or discount on existing projects, quotes or prior purchases. Offer is only available in the contiguous United States.

Exterior Restoration with ReechCraft

Since our founding in 1993, ReechCraft has set itself apart with innovative products and first-rate services. We are excited to share our product highlights and tips with you so that you can take full advantage of our American-made products. Today, we are eager to tell you how our various ReechCraft products can help those of you who work in the exterior restoration business!

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Since we started the ReechCraft blog nearly two years ago, we've featured several case studies on exterior restoration projects. We invite you to click on over to see pictures and read the full case studies to learn more about ReechCraft's unique and innovative access solutions!

#1: Tuckpointing with PowerMast in Kansas City 
KC Scaffold, which has over 40 years of experience delivering scaffolding services & products, used ReechCraft's PowerMast to work on an upscale six-unit apartment complex that required tuckpointing. This was a project that required safe and easy access to these busy apartment buildings, which are located on a steep hillside. By using a PowerMast twin system along with standard scaffolding, workers were able to access all surfaces of the building’s exterior at a comfortable height and could keep all of their tools handy! Sean Connolly at KC Scaffold told us, "The ReechCraft Powermast worked out great for this application!" Click here to read the full blog!

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#2: Window Replacement with PowerPole in South Dakota 
Midwest Glass was looking for an easy, safe, and fast solution to replace 180 windows in a historic 1921 building located in Brookings, South Dakota. They considered boom lifts, scaffolding and other solutions, but ruled them out for various reasons. ReechCraft's PowerPole was a good solution because it provided a much faster setup time than scaffolding and made for easier access to the building. Not only did PowerPole prove to be safe for workers and easy to set up, it saved workers significant time and energy since it is a powered lift rather than a pump jack-style system. Jacob Mills, of Midwest Glass said, “The PowerPole is working out great on this project and I see us using it on many projects in the future!” Click here to read the full blog!

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#3: Window and Brick Restoration in Fargo, North Dakota 
Mid-Continental Restoration completed a maintenance and restoration project in Fargo, ND, repairing joints and caulking around windows and other exterior surfaces. Access had to be quick and efficient to get the project done promptly and safely, but rocks and bushes around the perimeter of the building limited access and created an uneven working surface.  Mid-Continental Restoration has been using the ReechCraft PowerPole system for a long time and knew it would be the right system to complete this project. The working height of this project was ideal for PowerPole, and the outriggers made positioning the system around the existing landscaping fast and easy. Foreman Jason Boehmer said, “I love the PowePole system and knew it would be a perfect fit for this job!” Click here to read the full blog!

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Also, we want to thank you for visiting ReechCraft at World of Concrete in Las Vegas last month! We were glad to connect with all of you great folks and to demo our BroncoPowerLift PL65 with Straddle BasePowerPole and PowerMast for you!

We want to remind WOC attendees that ReechCraft is offering FREE FREIGHT on our convenient, easy-to-use PowerLift for a limited time.* Contact us to get more details about this special pricing option and be sure to mention this offer with your order.

If you have questions, want to place an order or would like additional information about products or our dealer program, call us at 1-888-600-6160 or visit our website

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ReechCraft strives to find new access solutions to meet the needs of every craftsman, and is reaching new heights to do so. If you have questions about any of our products, have a custom application, want to place an order or would like additional information about our dealer program, call us at 1-888-600-6160 or visit our website.

 

* This limited time offer will run through February 28, 2019 for 2019 WOC attendees. Non-transferable. Offer is subject to change without notice. No cash value. Offer is not valid with any other offer or discount on existing projects, quotes or prior purchases. Offer is only available in the contiguous United States.

THANKS for Visiting ReechCraft at World of Concrete!

Thanks to all who visiting ReechCraft at World of Concrete in Las Vegas last week! We were glad to connect with lots of great folks, to share our innovative, lightweight and portable access products with so many new people and to demo our BroncoPowerLift PL65 with Straddle BasePowerPole and PowerMast!

As a leader in the creation of innovative access equipment, ReechCraft exhibits integrity throughout the entire business process – from manufacturing and distribution to superior customer service. Innovation, quality and our commitment to easy access are our core principles, and are an integral part of every product, service and opportunity we offer.

We are proud to support American industry by engineering, manufacturing, selling and servicing our products right here in the USA. We create quality jobs within our company, and through our high-quality access products, we help business and workers throughout the nation to complete their jobs more efficiently and safetly! Our growing international presence is a testimony to the trusted quality of American-made products.

ReechCraft product development puts particular emphasis on portability and ease of use. Our values and passion influence the distinctive, quality products we offer and our unparalleled customer service. At ReechCraft, we work every day to provide access products that make a project or job easier for our customers.

Also, we want to remind WOC attendees that ReechCraft is offering FREE FREIGHT on our convenient, easy-to-use PowerLift for a limited time.* Contact us to get more details about this special pricing option and be sure to mention this offer with your order.

If you have questions, want to place an order or would like additional information about products or our dealer program, call us at 1-888-600-6160 or visit our website.

 

* This limited time offer will run through February 28, 2019 for 2019 WOC attendees. Non-transferable. Offer is subject to change without notice. No cash value. Offer is not valid with any other offer or discount on existing projects, quotes or prior purchases. Offer is only available in the contiguous United States.

Visit ReechCraft at World of Concrete in Vegas on January 22-25!

Since our founding in 1993, ReechCraft has set itself apart with innovative products and first-rate services. We pride ourselves on our ability to respond to the market with our durable access solutions.Today, we are eager to tell you about ReechCraft's next tradeshow appearance and our exclusive show special!

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Visit ReechCraft at World of Concrete 
ReechCraft is excited to announce that we are bringing our innovative, lightweight and portable access products to the 2019 World of Concrete Expo, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 22nd to 25th! Visit us at Booth #C3414 and experience our Bronco, PowerLift PL65 with Straddle BasePowerPole and PowerMast in action. Stop by, chat with us and see for yourself how our equipment has increased productivity and efficiency while remaining extremely portable!

Making its World of Concrete debut, our PowerLift PL65 with Straddle Base is sure to turn heads! The straddle base allows you to work over any obstacle, even on uneven ground. It is an incredible addition to our PowerLift line!

For a limited time*, ReechCraft will be offering FREE FREIGHT on our convenient, easy-to-use PowerLiftContact us to get more details about this special pricing option, and be sure to mention this offer with your order.

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If you have questions, want to place an order or would like additional information about products or our dealer program, call us at 1-888-600-6160 or visit our website. And, don't miss out on our blog!

 

* This limited time offer will run through February 28, 2019 for 2019 WOC attendees. Non-transferable. Offer is subject to change without notice. No cash value. Offer is not valid with any other offer or discount on existing projects, quotes or prior purchases. Offer is only available in the contiguous United States.

Get Fast Access to Low Rise Jobs with ReechCraft's PowerPole

Since our founding in 1993, ReechCraft has set itself apart with innovative products and first-rate services. We are excited to share our product highlights and tips with you so that you can take full advantage of our American-made products. Today, we are eager to tell you about our versatile and portable PowerPole with basket attachment.

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ReechCraft PowerPole 
The PowerPole's modular design can help you get the job done safely and quickly with setup in just minutes. It’s the perfect piece of equipment for hard-to-reach spaces between buildings and on rooftops. With incomparable setup costs, portability, lift-to-weight ratio and a landscape-friendly design, ReechCraft's PowerPole works at the ideal height and in tight spots. With multiple configuration options, you can choose a base, ties and a basket or platform to best suit your job.

 

Save money and time: order the PowerPole for your next project!

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Visit ReechCraft at World of Concrete 

We are headed to Las Vegas later this month for World of Concrete. Stop by Booth #C3414 on January 22-25 to visit with our team and learn more about our safe and convenient access products! We invite you to see for yourself how our equipment has increased productivity and efficiency while remaining extremely portable.

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ReechCraft strives to find new access solutions to meet the needs of every craftsman, and is reaching new heights to do so. If you have questions about any of our products, have a custom application, want to place an order or would like additional information about our dealer program, call us at 1-888-600-6160 or visit our website.

ReechCraft Helps Prepare the North Pole for Christmas Season: Case Study

Since our founding in 1993, ReechCraft has set itself apart with innovative products and first-rate services. We pride ourselves on our ability to respond to the market with our durable access solutions. Today, we are eager to tell you how a custom machine helped a well-know celebrity prepare for Christmas.

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ReechCraft Helps Prepare the North Pole for Christmas Season 
Background: Mr. S. Claus, a long time ReechCraft customer, is a well-known celebrity, hailed as a hero to children worldwide. With a robust group of employees, a variety of manufacturing equipment and a unique fleet of reindeer-based transportation, Mr. Claus uses his ever-growing collection of ReechCraft equipment throughout the year. His job can be high stress, and it is critical that everything works as expected, even in extreme weather.

Problem: After purchasing a Freestanding PowerMast to use for reindeer flying lessons last year, and several PowerLifts that are used throughout his manufacturing plant and storage facilities, Mr. Claus asked if we could work on a custom machine that would aid his small employees in tree decorating. The trees around the North Pole are especially tall and his employees are especially short, so you can imagine the difficulty they had! In years past, a complicated system of ladders, rigging and rappelling from flying reindeer helped to accomplish the task. This was dangerous though, and frequently resulted in tangled ropes and broken ornaments.

Solution: We spoke with Mr. Claus regarding his access needs and several of our team members were able to make a site visit last spring. The best solution was a Twin Freestanding PowerMast with a custom wrap-around platform. The aluminum equipment is light enough for even the smallest elves to haul and assemble. The versatile adjustable outriggers mean PowerMast can be set up even in tight spaces. The platform allows access to all tree branches and can even be used to place the star at the top of the tree. This year, decorating time was down 48% and injuries were reduced to zero!

Benefits: "We've been decorating trees up here at my workshop for millennia, and it has never been faster or easier! The elves have more time to focus on making toys for all the good boys and girls throughout the world and we don't have to worry so much about injuries!" said Mr. Claus. The easy-to-use machine has proven itself over and over again!

We are so glad to have been able to work on this custom machine, and we look forward to working with the Clauses again in the future!

From all of us at ReechCraft, we wish you and yours
a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!