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June 12, 2017

Encore Trucking was recently featured on the Fassi website for one of our girder crane lifts using our 70 ton knuckleboom. Read the whole story by clicking on the picture below.



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May 31, 2017

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Some Jobs Are Just so Complicated

April 3, 2017

Some Jobs are just so complicated; that the pricing is at best a good guess.  These are the projects we need good nerves to tackle.  If you try and price for the worst, your customer won’t be one for long.  If they sympathize with the site problems, that’s a plus, but don’t expect that to last long.  Be real, and deadly, honest.

When Target left town after a fast cup of coffee, they left a pile of trouble behind them.  We were asked to remove 4 escalators from one of their former stores, and replace two in another spot, same site.

Encore prides itself on being a specialized lifting company; and we are the real deal; doing lifts thru windows, into low doors, up into mezzanines, jack and roll, down stairs, lots of interior work.

But the most complex, confounding lifts are the escalators.  Long heavy beasts, with minimal head room and precise lift plans.  When Katz was building his hockey rink, we had 24 of them sitting in our yard.

They are a single piece unit, usually shipped in two pieces and we splice them together in our yard; but the install is invariably one long awkward, heavy piece.  Approximately 48 to 50 ft long and 17,000 lbs.  The setup is simple, lift lugs both ends, the upper end just a steel plate that rest on an upper beam.  The lower landing is dropped into a concrete pocket, exactly 4 ft deep.  So it has to be lifted 4 ft out of the hole.  Sounds so simple.  We can cope with the bottom lift, and usually have a separate and smaller unit lifting the low end.  Just lift it up 4 ft out of the hole.

That is the problem.  The concrete pocket is built to such precise measurements; to ensure correct height and angle of the stairway, the entire structure must be lifted 4 feet vertical. KEEPING THAT EXACT ANGLE.  If that angle is compromised, before the pumps, conveyors and stair treads clear the floor, the escalator jams in the hole.  Then you lower and try again, to coordinate the 2 cranes, the 2 operators, the riggers and the signalmen; to lift at the perfect speed.

We can handle this operations problem, it’s a matter of technique, but 50 ft away there ‘is’ a larger problem, above the top landing.  If you picture yourself heading up the escalator, above the top landing, its high, clear; lots of room.  Our cranes, massive folding models, have the capacity to lift this behemoth from the required 60 ft, that’s not the problem.

We’re sitting at the bottom of the stairs and reaching up.  The ceilings are rarely over 15 ft, there are usually columns scattered about the escalators, restricting the placement of our crane.  We invariably hit the roof beams with our cranes.

Our new cranes, and don’t even think of using a long straight boom, our large articulators, when they stretch out, the last section, or the jib will break the horizontal plane.  (we can go straight under a beam, or a wire, and then articulate up 12 to 15 degrees, a god sent gift in our business)

It’s still not enough angle to reach the top lift lugs.  The cranes are so big, the escalators so high and heavy, that we may be able to reach the top, but the 4 foot rule puts us into the beams above our crane.

We ‘have’ to lift at a mid-point on the escalator.  And of course once we have it lifted, make sure we have a spot to set this dinosaur.

It’s a Tylenol moment to plan these jobs, but we went down to check the site.  Pat normally checks the sites and he made the first visit.  It was a major.  Both senior partners, and our journeymen sons, Jeff and Pat went down.

At first we thought we could do the job, barely.  We took our measurements but the install was questionable; that side was still a hole and a pile of debris.  It was tight.  I sent my 30 ton specialist down, the distance was closer, the crane could lift it;  just could he get in there……..  He was sure he could hit it.  We had more questions.  Just to be sure we sent him back again………  And Yes we could definitely do it.    Good news.

Our large crane operator had some misgivings about our calculations for the removal.  Our preferred method had never worked before.  We sent him down to recheck.  ……….When he called in, there was no way we could reach the top.  We would hit the beam above the crane.  We took our measurements and graphed the whole lift out again.  It was close, too close to mess around on a good customer without knowing we could do the job.

We HAD to do a dry run and sent both cranes down to site, see it for real.  ……..  And we hit the beam.  We could not believe it……….But our crane operator is a clever fellow and Gary thought if we sat on a corner, reached kiddy corner across the other three escalators to the far side, check the photo, we would have more headroom.  My thought was, “No chance.”, …But, it is a game of inches, and as we sat on the corner, we inched closer to the upper beam, and that is a good thing.  The closer we got the higher angle we could build; but there was a column there to contend with.  We reached under the beam, cross the escalators to the far side, and this time reached higher on the escalator.  A lot higher. It looked good.  Gary said it was an easier pick, but still a body pick and not a top lift where the lift lugs are.  Never a problem before.  We thought we were set.

But our customer was nervous about even a high mid-point lift.  He nixed the whole idea.

We were done.

I sat on that for a couple of days knowing the TON of work involved in building gantries, using chain hoists and manhandling the scaffolding, the beams, the blocks, pushing the escalators around and tearing them apart.  A 2 week job in itself.

I phoned the foreman to express my sympathy and apologize for wasting his time.  He stopped me.  Said they were rethinking the mid-point lift.


Two days later we were offered the job.  But they did not want to remove the glass from the side of the escalators.  That’s a first, AND we had to install exhaust ventilation systems on our trucks.  Oh Boy.  Dual stacks with dunce caps and hoses, leading to a fan and suction system and 100 plus feet of hose, and possibly another fan; for 2 trucks.  We had one system, had to acquire the gear for the other.  We go tomorrow, the Monday; today Jeff and the riggers are loading the jack and roll gear, and the exhaust pieces are being fitted and tested.  Don’t think about charging for this, try and add it in the rate and remind the customer that it was their request.

Wish us luck.  Hope we don’t break any glass.

April 3, We’re done!!



Don Lucas


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Installation of a H03 Honomobo Container Home

February 8, 2017

Encore Trucking & Transport Ltd. recently had the opportunity to work alongside Engelman Homes on a Honomobo H03 installation. The H03 is a home made out of 3 standard shipping containers. After installing a 20′ I-beam across the garage foundation using a 45 ton knuckleboom picker, we placed the 3, 11000 lbs containers side-by-side. With power lines, tight access and pinpoint accuracy required, this was definitely a challenging and exciting lift for us to be part of.

With our experienced operators and specialized equipment, we are able to perform these types of lifts daily. We are the go-to company in Edmonton (and throughout Alberta) for these tricky and unique projects.

We hope to work on some more Honomobo installations in the near future as these new garage/garden suites become more and more popular.

See some pictures from the installation below. Click this link for more information on Engelman Homes. Click this link for more information on Honomobo.

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Largest Knuckle Boom Picker in Alberta

December 21, 2016

Encore Trucking has been using its 70 Ton knuckle boom picker for a few months now. This is the largest boom truck in Alberta with over 70′ of stick and the ability to perform very heavy lifts. Like our other knuckle booms, this truck does a lot of girder crane work, transformer replacement, vessel and equipment installation and even boulder moves. With some of the most experienced operators in the province, this new addition to the Encore Trucking fleet will allow us to continue being the go-to choice for heavy, technical and difficult lifts. Check out some of the recent work this knuckle boom has done and don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have a similar project on the way!

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Piano Movers

June 22, 2016

At Encore Trucking & Transport Ltd. we move, haul and install all types of commodities. You can now add piano to that list. Riley used one of our 25 ton knuckle boom pickers to lift a customer’s baby grand up to the second story of his home. Although not the heaviest pick (weighing in around 600 lbs), this piano still had to go up 20′ to the door, around 60′ from the truck. Riley also had to feather this in to a very tight spot where the installers could pull it into the upper floor. Overall, another very technical lift completed by one of our experienced operators.

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Commodity Hauling

May 10, 2016

Encore Trucking & Transport Ltd. is a picker company but we also haul all types of commodities all over Western Canada. One of the advantages of using Encore Trucking is that we can lift, load, haul and deliver almost all of our customers materials. We haul girder cranes, precast concrete, transformers & electrical equipment, reels, jersey barriers, artwork & sculptures, c-cans, shacks, skids, construction material and equipment, tanks, and basically anything else you can think of! Below are some pictures of our most recent hauls using our variety of trailers. Check out our Specialized & Heavy Haul Transportation page for more photos and to see our Trombones, Super B’s, Hiboys, Lowboys, Landoll Tilt, & Pintle Hitch trailers in action.

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The Largest Knuckle Boom in AB has Arrived

April 19, 2016

Unit #503 has arrived! This is our largest knuckle picker and the biggest in Alberta. For more information on it and a brief write up about the unit, you can check out our previous blog post. Take a look at some of the photos of its inaugural arrival at Encore Trucking HQ below.

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Oversize Shack Relocation

Encore Trucking & Transport Ltd. moves job shacks and skids all the time but this one was a little different. Weighing in at 20,000 lbs and dimensions of 16′ h x 13′ w x 24′ l, this shack was a big one. This required a double-drop trailer, multiple permits, 2 pilot cars and one of our most experienced tractor drivers (not to mention two picker operators just to load it). Our dispatch team sorted out all the details and permitting, including route planning around a railway crossing. Working alongside Fortis, we were able to get this shack moved for our customer quickly and safely. If you have something similar to relocate, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Check out some of the photos below (note: clicking on individual photos may take a moment to load).

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Unit #503 is Almost Here

April 5, 2016

Encore is excited to announce its newest addition to the fleet, unit #503! This will be the largest articulating picker truck in our fleet. Please take a moment to read a few words regarding this new crane from one of our directors, Jim Lucas.

We are in the process of mounting a massive Fassi 1950 articulating crane onto a tandem triple Western Star truck. This will be the largest crane of its kind in the country. Our Fassi 1500 has been in service for several years and has done a huge amount of work often performing lifts no other crane could have performed. Its reputation for performing  heavy and tight quarter lifts  has paved the way for this much larger unit. The Fassi 1950 complete with the Custom Encore dead stick (manual pullout) brings us a substantial increase in capacity. The chart is impressive, 40,000 pounds at over 23 feet of radius and 18,500 pounds at 50 feet of radius. It will add a new dimension to Encore Trucking & Transport Ltd that we know will be welcomed by our clients. Much of our success as a company comes of recognizing a need and addressing that need in order to better serve our clients. It is the kind of progressive thinking that keeps us ahead of the competition.   Thirty five years in business and we still have passion for work.  Admittedly, acquiring these big toys fuels that passion… the addition of this massive unit is especially exciting.

Make sure to give us a call if you have a project in mind for our new addition or if you just want to chat about its capabilities.

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