Utility supplies: Interlocking cribbing product simplifies setup for utility crews

Utility vehicles: DICA’s new engineered cribbing product simplifies setup of boom trucks, aerial lifts, and digger derricks. ProStack Cribbing provides utility crews and municipal fleet operators with a ready solution for operating in uneven ground conditions.

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Utility supplies: A new engineered cribbing product from DICA simplifies setup of boom trucks, aerial lifts, and digger derricks. ProStack™ Cribbing provides utility crews and municipal fleet operators with a ready solution for operating in uneven ground conditions.

DICA introduced the utility industry to this new cribbing product during the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference, June 4-7, in Williamburg, Va. Working along sloped roadsides or against curbs, utility crews are often faced with setting outrigger-enabled equipment on sloped or uneven ground. ProStack™ Cribbing has been developed with an interlocking design that safely provides additional height under outrigger floats when setting up in uneven ground conditions.

ProStack Cribbing has three basic parts; a base outrigger pad, interlocking cribbing blocks and a high friction top grip pad. The base ProStack Outrigger Pad is manufactured with a pyramid-shaped surface that interlocks with the cribbing blocks. On top of the base pad, operators stack layers of (2) 6”x12”x24” cribbing blocks with the pyramid-shape surface, that lock into the base pad. Lastly, a ProStack Grip Pad is placed on top of the stack to protect the pyramid surface on the cribbing blocks and provide a high friction surface for the outrigger foot.

“The ProStack system is designed to provide height for operators in environments where there are significant changes in grade. The system is designed to be used under boom trucks, digger derricks, and aerial bucket trucks, or any equipment with outrigger loads that do not exceed 110,000 pounds,” says Kris Koberg, CEO. “Typically, an operator’s job-site options are limited to stacking timbers or some sort of wood that they can find on site to provide height. Wood is inexpensive and convenient, but it’s porous and fibrous structure has inherent disadvantages that include unknown strength and rigidity properties that can result in cracking, breaking and splintering when exposed to the concentrated loads exerted by heavy equipment. ProStack cribbing solves this problem in a dependable and engineered way.”

The ProStack product line boasts benefits that are hallmarks of DICA products: Strong and ergonomic, impervious to environmental conditions, manufactured from quality engineered materials and specifically suited to the job.

“ProStack cribbing locks together to create a more secure set-up under the outrigger foot” says Koberg. “The more load you exert on the set-up the more it locks together,and the more it locks together the safer your set-up.”

ProStack™ is available in three Cribbing Kit Options that include either a DR36-2, DR42-2 and DR48-2 base outrigger pad, along with 4 cribbing blocks and 1 grip pad. ProStack individual parts also be available for purchase, including Cribbing Wedges, which can be used on sloped surfaces to establish a level foundation under the ProStack Outrigger Pad.

About DICA
DICA, Guthrie Center, Iowa, has been specializing in building a better outrigger pad since 1988. By creating engineered solutions for improving equipment stability and ergonomic safety, DICA is leading the way in product innovation for outrigger pads, crane pads and cribbing.

DICA outrigger pads and crane pads are used in 38 countries and on 6 continents around the world in construction, maintenance, electrical utility, oil and gas and tree care as well as local, state and federal government agencies.

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