Blog articles relating to the heavy construction industry

Kenco Multilift and Hershel “Woody” Williams

The Kenco Multilift has become a staple in setting these Gold Star Memorial Monuments. This project takes place in Frankfurt, Kentucky.

Quarry Rock Sizing

Quarry rock is used in a multitude of projects – from landscaping to erosion control. But which size should you choose?

Standoffs for Keyway-Style Precast Blocks

The Kenco Multilift can be fit with standoffs to work with keyway systems on precast blocks such as eco blocks and retaining wall.

ConExpo-ConAgg 2020: Come Visit Us

ConExpo is the premiere location to show off new technologies…

Kenco Lifters Hoist Massive Rocks at Quarry

Removing, loading and transporting of these pieces has been greatly improved by use of the Kenco Rocklift…

Hooked on the PH9000 Pipe Hook: Atlas Services at the Bailey Mining Site

Atlas using the Pipe Hook

Sometimes we get a little bit lucky here at Kenco and don’t have to drive far for great jobsite footage. This particular jobsite is in our neck of the “west” woods of Pennsylvania at the Bailey mining site, part of the PA mining complex. A quick background on the PA Mining Complex … it is several times larger than the island of Manhattan and the largest producing underground coal mining operation presently in North America with an annual production capacity of 28.5 million tons of coal. (Coal-tastic!)

But this story isn’t about the mines in PA, but rather Atlas Services, who connected with us here at Kenco for a solution to set 8-ft joints of 36” reinforced concrete pipe.

Certainly that’s something we can handle! We were able to not only offer them one but TWO solutions – the PH9000M Mechanical Pipe Hook and the PH9000 Self Leveling Pipe Hook. Both Kenco pipe hooks have a 9,000 pound capacity and can move/set 12” to 48” RCP. There are two distinct differences and often it comes down to the contractor’s preference on which to use.

The Mechanical Version of the Kenco pipe hook allows the user to choose a specific angle the pipe will rest at in order to set it. It uses a slide mechanism that can be moved from one tooth to another to either increase or decrease the angle of the pipe. It is easy to adjust; just relieve the tension on the sling that the hook is attached to and move the excavator arm forward or back to find the wanted position.

The second option and the one that Atlas found to be most fit for their project, was the PH9000 Self Leveling version. This Kenco pipe hook uses a specially-designed, pre-charged cylinder that levels the pipe based on its weight to achieve the proper set position. It requires no adjustments to level the pipe and is as simple as hooking it up to the sling/shackle assembly. As you can see from the video footage and multiple photos we obtained, the hook gave Atlas an upperhand.

They were able to set pipe in much less time that straps would have provided. They also remain safe during the entire procedure, which is something Kenco REALLY likes to see. See it for yourself on YouTube!

Thank you to Atlas Services for sharing your job story with us and welcome to the Kenco Workforce!


Contact/Company Name:

“Bucky” Watters | Atlas Services | Eighty Four, PA

Featured Project Detail:

Setting 36” RCP Pipe at the Bailey Mine Site

Equipment Used:

PH9000 Self Leveling Pipe Hook


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Cast in Gold: The Kenco Rocklift on Gold Rush White Water, Discovery Channel

Kenco was contacted awhile back by Discovery Channel’s ‘Dakota Fred’ Hurt of Gold Rush. Fred was looking for a safe and effective way to move boulders from beneath the rushing torrents of McKinley Creek in Alaska. He said they were in search of gold, but in a way never seen before. Quite intriguing, as our […]

Dry Stone Build with Throughstone Group of Truckee, California

Often times we cannot put into words the satisfaction our customers have with our concrete lifting clamp products.. So why not let them speak for themselves! Take it away Jon … “The only way to make a blog about a Kenco Multilift interesting is to be honest and a little, necessarily, self-effacing. Last year, I […]

Carving the Crazy Horse Memorial

We’re thankful to be a part of the quest to carve the Crazy Horse Memorial! CBS recently wrote an article on their efforts. You can read the CBS article here –

Featured Project – Town of Parker, CO and the Barrier Lift

Today, our featured project takes us to Parker, Colorado, a small “town” located at the southeastern most corner of the Denver Metropolitan Area. The municipality uses barricades mostly for road closures but also for the separation of debris and aggregate piles. In the past, they have used forks which “beat up the barricades.” They also tried straps with a screw-in eye bolt but the “hole would fill with dirt or ice.” More so, Keith states, “(these) methods are not as safe.” And this couldn’t be more true. Safety should always be of utmost concern, especially when moving something of this size.

As promised, their new KL9000 arrived in record time and went immediately to work. And it of course, performed just as they had expected. (In fact, this lifter was a repeat order.) Loading and unloading of the barriers went smoothly which further expedited the process. Keith also made a valid point in stating that “it can be used with minimal manpower.” Smaller municipalities obviously have smaller work forces and this is where the barrier lift can really become a life (and back) saver! Besides, wouldn’t everyone rather stay in the cab on a cold or rainy day?!

Thank you Keith Wittlieff of Parker PW for sharing your story. Welcome to the Kenco Workforce!


Contact/Company Name:

Keith Wittlieff    |   Town of Parker Public Works    |    Parker, CO

Featured Project Detail:

General road closure and debris separation using concrete road barriers. 

Equipment Used:

Kenco Barrier Lift: KL9K6T24V1

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