Rated lifting capacities

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by treadlite, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. treadlite

    treadlite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    Just curious how realistic the operating capacities are as stated by the machine manufacturers.

    My Cat 226B3 is rated for 1600lbs and I have to lift some equipment on pallets onto my equipment trailer using the pallet forks. The stuff weighs around 2000 to 2200lbs... wondering if I'm going to have problems or not.

    Any opinions??
  2. Brodie

    Brodie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    There are usually safety margins factored in meaning that they under-rate the lifting capacity.

    Having said that they have come up with the safe lifting capacity for a reason. Ive seen guys try to lift loads that are too heavy and it limits control and you will end up lifting wheels off the ground.

    Just my opinion but always best to stay with manufactures specs.
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,137

    It won't do it unless you like staring at the ground. You can always buy a bunch of weights from a gym weight training kit and chain them to the rear of the machine, or duct tape a bunch of fat kids to the engine cover for extra counterweight.
  4. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,168

    ROC is determined by cutting the tipping capacity in half. So if your ROC is 1600 you tipping is 3200. I would say with some finesse and depending on how the material is palletized, and assuming flat ground and that you some experience that you can lift that weight.
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,290

    My Toolcat is rated for 1500#'s and it'll lift a full pallet of fert or salt. That's 2400#'s.

    Picked up an 18' ProTech with my T190.

    I figure the worst that can happen is the bypass opens. lol Well, so far anyways.
  6. summitx

    summitx LawnSite Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 11

    My old 226b2 would lift 2200lbs of blocks, plus the pallet, plus the forks; off of a trailer, and into a backyard... very slowly and very low to not tip the machine. That was about the most weight without having the back tires come off the ground. hope this helps
  7. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    The rated operating capacity is 30% of the tipping load. They do this just to be safe.
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,290

    Only on tracked machines.
  9. SellingIron

    SellingIron LawnSite Senior Member
    from FTE
    Messages: 661

    Your ROC is 50% of your tipping load on Skidsteers (35% on Track Machines) . Also, when using pallet forks (42" or 48") they (Who is that) say you lose around 20% of your lifting since the material is further out in front of you.

    Just buy a bobcat and you can lift industry leading weight...:weightlifter:
  10. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,137

    And pay an industry leading price to a company that sold out to Koreans. :laugh:

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