LIFTING HARDWARE & ACCESSORIES
TESTIMONIALS & FAQs
We are using the FiberMax Crane Pads on our new Liebherr and the operator and crew couldn’t be happier. Their reason is that they are easy to handle, confidence in the product and they look professional. We also like that they weigh half as much as our wood/steel plated crane pads.
I will admit when I received the quote I was a little sticker shocked until I started to calculate what I have spent on the wood mats that last only a couple years, adding the steel plates and the labor to do so. The FiberMax Pads with their ease of handling, lightweight, professional look, confidence, and longevity are going to pay for themselves in just a few years.
The customer service you receive from DICA is outstanding. They are always there to answer any question you have. We also use their SafetyTech Outrigger Pads on some of our smaller cranes and the operators say they are outstanding. We will definitely be continuing our relationship with DICA. -Joe Estep, Connelly Crane Rental
Our operators love the crane pads! It gives us confidence and our customers peace of mind when we have to make a max pick. When we know the crane is setup on an engineered pad and solid ground the operator is not constantly watching his outrigger but can focus his attention on the lift taking place. This one set of pads has proven so valuable to us that we are looking at another 4 sets of crane pads. – Ronnie Wagstaff, Wagstaff Crane
We’ve used 4×4 crane pads and 6×6 timbers with steel plate on top. They got old and from being wet, started rotting in the center. FiberMax crane pads give you a lot of confidence. It makes you feel better when you’re up there and you’ve got a bunch of people down here counting on you. -JJ Southwest Industrial Rigging
FiberMax crane pads deliver exceptional performance not only because of their ground load ratings but also for their lightweight and ease of handling which equals lower transportation costs. – Maverick Black
The DICA crane pads are working great in our crane service fleet. They provide easy transport and storage onboard our cranes. Allows a quick set up in the busy West Philadelphia streets. – James Cassalia, CMC Equipment Rental
I recently received a new set of 4’x6’x4″ DICA crane pads. I will say at first I was unsure of the lightweight yellow pad. Prior to, I was using 5’x7’x8″ white oak crane pads. Wood was all we’ve ever used so I’ve never really given it much thought there could be something better. The biggest problem we had with the wood crane pads was the weight. A set of four weighs around 10,500 lbs. They were effective but heavy and hard to handle. When we received the DICA crane pads, I really felt they were too thin. Much to my surprise they turned out to be as strong as they are yellow. I quickly found my crane, once leveled stayed level. No more bowing or sinking on one side like when using wood pads. I’m sold on the DICA crane pads, a set of four weighs just over 6,400 lbs. The new pads have freed up more weight and space on my rigging trailer for other things I need. I am completely sold on these crane pads, thanks DICA! – Greg Ormund, Southern Crane
Q. What size crane pad do I need?
Please see our start your fitting page.
Q. Are there any chemicals to avoid when using FiberMax crane pads?
No. This is one of the significant advantage of fiberglass materials. These same materials are used in the most corrosive environments in the world and will outperform steel crane pads and wood crane pads in the most common situations. Nothing encountered on a typical job site will have any effect on the fiberglass materials used in FiberMax crane pads.
Q. What is the expected lifetime of FiberMax crane pads in a wet or dry environments?
Wet or dry environments have no affect on our fiberglass materials and will not limit their service life. The same material is utilized for applications in submerged salt water and extremely dry desert environments. The typical failure of these pads would be from damage during handling. You can expect 20+ years of service life from FiberMax crane pads.
Q. Are FiberMax crane pads susceptible to UV deterioration?
UV will not affect the structural integrity of the mats for at least 40 years. The resins in the crane pads have UV inhibitors that greatly slow UV degradation. We also apply a secondary coating that also has extremely good UV stabilization.
Q. What ability do FiberMax crane pads have to resist damage caused by point loading from rocks, crawler tracks or forklifts impacting the sides?
It’s best to minimize rocks on the crane pad surface or underside to prevent the potential for point load damage. To protect the pads from the abrasion of crawler tracks, we apply Matacyrl as a wear surface. The Matacyrl is made of aluminum oxide and is applied in a 3/8” thickness to the top surface of the pad. It has very good crushing resistance and holds up well to crawler tracks. A protective steel frame around the entire perimeter of the crane mat prevents forks from damaging or penetrating the interior.
Q. What is inside the FiberMax crane pad?
An internal bi-directional I-beam network encased in closed cell foam.
Q. What makes FiberMax crane pads work at such a reduced weight?
The solid laminate surface, internal bi-directional I-beam network and closed cell foam are the major components. They deliver the performance that allows the pads to weigh up to 60% less weight than wood crane pads or steel crane pads – while being just as strong. This technology was originally developed and used for vehicle bridges.
Q. Are additional lifting hardware options available for FiberMax crane pads?
Yes, Crosby® lifting points, D-rings, and stack & pin options are available in addition to standard J-Hooks.
Q. Will my FiberMax crane pads ship regular freight or flatbed?
We work with you to determine the best freight method for your shipment.
Q. Are all FiberMax crane pads individually load tested?
FiberMax crane pads have undergone extensive independent physical testing at North Carolina State University, the results have been built into our specific FEA models. Individual pads are not load tested as part of the manufacturing process.
Q. Can our company name be added to FiberMax crane pads?
Yes, your company name will be added to the rating plate on each FiberMax crane pad. Please call us for additional personalizations needs.
Q. What are the minimum and maximum temperature operational ranges of FiberMax crane pads?
-40°F to 131°F / -40C to +55C. FiberMax crane pads will work outside this range, but there will begin to be a reduction in performance. Please contact us if this is a concern for you.
Q. Are FiberMax crane pads subject to creep?
Fiberglass materials are typically not subject to creep unless under high temperature (much higher than the operating range detail) and high loads.
Q. Are there any grounds for replacement?
Yes, please see our warranty page for replacement information.