Our 30' barge with hydraulic forks serves many purposes:

  • Transporting lifts, dock, and other equipment that can't otherwise be accessed by land
  • Installing and removing lifts
  • Installing and removing large equipment

In addition to making work much more efficient, the barge, or "Marge" as we call her, eliminates much of the physical strain on the bodies of the crew. Not only do we believe the benefits of the barge are reflected in the work that we are able to do, but also in providing a safe and comfortable work environment for our crew.

For those of you who have not seen the barge in action, here are some of the features and a brief explanation of how it works:

  • 28' Weeres pontoons
  • Pivoting "forks" operated by a hydraulic ram located in the middle of the pontoon deck
  • These forks telescope out from the bow an additional 16' and can be pointed up or down to pick lifts off the bank and be set in the water, or vice versa.
  • Hydraulic outriggers, or spuds as we call them, are used to keep the barge in one place while picking up or setting down a lift. They also hold the barge steady if working in the wind. When not in use they lay on the pontoon deck. When needed, hydraulic rams stand them up and hydraulic motors run the spuds down into the water until they hit bottom.
  • All of the hydraulic components run off of an 18-horse power Honda engine.
  • 150-horse power Mercury Optimax motor powers the barge. The motor was installed with a hydraulic jack plate that is used to trim the motor straight up or straight down.
  • Triple axle trailer that includes a hydraulic tongue jack and brakes. The wheels can fold up or down like landing gears on a plane to allow us to land the barge in shallow areas.