Since their debut in early 2014, FiberMax Crane Pads have revolutionized the crane & lifting industry by offering four distinct advantages over traditional steel and wooden pads. Traditional pads are heavy and difficult to transport. Wood timbers and wood pads can lack production consistency, have short life expectancies and require the use of a transition pad to spread the load to timbers not in direct contact with the outrigger float.
“We saw an opportunity to produce a lighter crane pad with similar strength and stiffness characteristics to wood and steel options but with a longer life span and consistent, verifiable properties,” says Kris Koberg, CEO of DICA.
FiberMax Crane Pads are engineered to optimize load distribution and minimize weight. They do not absorb water or chemicals, are easy to clean, and are simple to use. All pads are available in multiple lifting and stacking options to make handling and storage easier.
Advantages of FiberMax Crane Pads:
- Engineered Performance: DICA’s FiberMax Crane Pads are engineered for optimal strength and rigidity, resulting in maximum load distribution performance at the lowest possible weight. The bi-directional shear web design inside the FiberMax Crane Pads directs outrigger loads in all four directions. This proven design makes our crane pads superior in lowering overall ground bearing pressures compared to traditional crane pads and mats.
- Reduced Weight: FiberMax crane pads typically weigh 60 percent less than traditional crane pads and mats, potentially saving you thousands of pounds of trailer capacity. This savings increases trailer capacity or can eliminate the need for an additional trailer.
- Durability & Longevity: The FRP composite material used to manufacture FiberMax Crane Pads provides decades-long resistance to chemicals, liquids and corrosion and enables our crane pads to thrive in environments that more quickly degrade wood and steel.
- Lower Operation Costs: Decrease set up and tear down time with rigging-friendly hardware. Multiple lifting hardware options allow you to select the option best suited for your operation. FiberMax Crane Pads are also easy to clean and will not absorb moisture, bacteria or other contaminants, eliminating site-to-site contamination and rot or rust issues and concerns.
“We use FiberMax Crane Pads on our Liebherr and the operator and crew couldn’t be happier. They are easy to handle, we have confidence in the performance of the product, they look professional, and are going to pay for themselves in no time. We also like that they weigh half as much as our wood and steel plated crane pads,” said Joe Estep, Connelly Crane Rental.
With a projected 20+ year service life, these lightweight crane pads will safely support equipment, protect your people, cut operating costs, and provide you with peace of mind. FiberMax crane pads are a superior solution for 80–500-ton cranes that require a bearing area of 20 to 80 square feet.
DICA, Urbandale, Iowa, is a family-owned and operated company that specializes in building high performance engineered outrigger pads, crane pads, cribbing blocks and magnetic sling protectors that are lightweight, easy to use, and long-lasting.
DICA 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 products are proudly Made in the USA, ASME B30.5 compliant and used by operators on all seven continents and 50+ countries around the world.