It’s a Tough Job – Gravestones and the Monument Lift


Selecting a monument is a demanding process within itself, so why should setting it in place it be? Most people probably don’t think much about what happens at the cemetery after you kick the bucket. Honestly, I don’t even want to consider any of the details! (Yikes!) Once you have been laid to rest, some type of grave marker needs to be placed to designate this new “home away from home” as your final resting place. Amazingly enough, it doesn’t magically appear there like elves hiding gifts. Sorry no elves here! Pardon me. Let me get serious for a moment. It is possibly the awkwardness of this discussion that is getting to me. So respectfully, I will move on…

Cemetery workers have the job of preparing and maintaining the memorial grounds where our loved ones have been laid to rest. They must mark each and every site with a grave marker or monument, often times without additional help. These granite monuments are heavy and often require more strength than a single person can muster. Kenco offers a couple of solutions. One is a smaller version of our well-established barrier lifter called the Kenco Monument Lift, while the other is our scaled down Multilift.

The Monument Lift has a 1500 pound capacity and can be attached to a mini excavator, skid steer or any other machine with lifting capabilities.  The granite can be moved from the delivery location to the grave site safely, with little interruption to the surrounding landscape. A grip range of 3 to 12 inches is suitable for the majority of typical monument sizes. Non-marring elastomer pads provide a secure grip on the polished stone. In addition, a rubber pad cushions the top of the stone.

Another alternative is the Multilift, which can be attached to any of those same machines. It boasts a 3000 pound capacity, plus the legs can be manually adjusted to grab from 5 to 32 inches in width. It also has the same non-marring elastomer pads to ensure a tight grip and prevent damage to the polished surface.

Either of these lifting products will streamline the process and allow a single person to do the job without worry of damage to the granite, therefore saving the workers’ back in the process.  


Which Kenco Barrier Lift do I Need?

Barrier walls come in a vast array of shapes and sizes. There are many different concrete barrier walls in use today. Some states share the same barrier wall design; other states use several different designs. Choosing the right concrete barrier lifter or jersey barrier picker is not difficult. Here are a few parameters that you need to know before choosing the correct Kenco Barrier Lift:

  1. The weight of the concrete barrier.
  2. The dimension across the top. To get this dimension, extend a straight edge up each side past the top of the wall (this will give the most accurate measurement, as most barrier walls have a small radius on the top corners), then measure across the top to each straight edge. You can use the print that is available from the manufacturer of the precast concrete barrier wall as well.

If there is any doubt to your particular barrier wall, send a copy of the print to and we will make the determination for you.

How do I determine the specifications of my current Kenco barrier lifter?

Kenco Barrier Lifters have a Serial Tag with information that includes the serial number, weight capacity and dimensional range. If for some reason the serial tag becomes unreadable, destroyed or is missing, the serial number is also stamped into the lift bail or a crossing member on the top surface of the barrier lifter, which we can use to track needed information. Feel free to call with any questions regarding the use of our barrier lifter.

What other considerations should be taken into account?

Remember, just because the lifter fits over the wall doesn’t mean it will lift the wall safely. It is up to the end user or operator to verify the correct sizing. For instance, if you were to use our old model KL9000 with a 6” to 9” range on a precast concrete barrier wall that weighed 7,200 pounds and correctly measured to 9-1/4”. The lifter may fit over the barrier and have enough capacity, but the problem is that the automatic actuator may not stroke far enough to rotate the correct amount to let it release. The barrier lifter may incorrectly pick up the concrete barrier wall, because the pads will rotate and cam them into the barrier. This will cause damage to the barrier lifter and it could possibly drop the barrier wall, which may seriously injure site personnel. In this case, the old style KL9000 with a 9” to 12” range was recommended.

Since 2014, all standard models of the barrier lift are manufactured with a 6 to 12 inch grip range, wider pads to increase total surface contact, a fuller pad angle rotation to accurately contour to the wall slope, and integrated handles on both sides of the lifter. The older models are now obsolete, though it may take some time, because some companies are still using Kenco jersey barrier pickers that were purchased over twenty years ago.

Pavement removal bucket

The Kenco Slab Crab is a pavement removal bucket specifically engineered to expedite the removal of asphalt, concrete roadway and bridge decking. The Slab Crab’s unique design allows the operator to have complete control over the slab during the removal and loading process. This pavement removal bucket has a flat bottom which allows the operator to remove bridge decking in tight quarters, and it allows for removal of road decking without disturbing the subbase.

The excavator operator is able to utilize a cantilever effect by tilting the Slab Crab which allows the slab to easily slide into the opening of this pavement removal bucket. The tapered opening makes it easy for the operator to acquire the slab and that same taper enables the Slab Crab to accommodate a great range of thicknesses. Once a slab is obtained, the operator can simply lay it on a flatbed, place in the back of a dump truck or stack it in a desired location. With contractors reporting that the Kenco Slab Crab increased productivity by 80% or better, it’s easy to see why this attachment should be in every company’s equipment arsenal.

Equipment used to lift pipe

Kenco offers a variety of pipe lifting equipment. Whether its concrete, ductile iron, pvc, corrugated, steel, terracotta or the like, Kenco has you covered. The Pipe Lift’s design allows each model to handle multiple pipe diameters. Not only does it safely lift but the operator can use it to push the pipe together. Since the Pipe Lift is automatic, there is no need to have a laborer in the ditch to disengage the lifter from the pipe once the joint is installed. Now that’s productivity.

Say you have pipe dimensions that fall outside our standard models. No worry, Kenco’s engineering department is second to none and will gladly design the lifter you need. From standard models starting with 4” pipe and the largest to date being a custom model for 142”, the possibilities are endless. Looking for another option to move pipe? How about the Kenco Pipe Hook. This pipe lifting attachment basically looks like an elongated “C” or its sometimes referred to as a hairpin. Regardless of the analogy, the design is simple and very effective. The operator slides the lower section into one end of the pipe and lifts. To make the process easier on the operator, our clever engineering staff has replaceable polyurethane pads on all “Pipe” contact areas. Each model of Pipe Lift has a very generous range. The smallest starting at 10” and the largest exceeding 60000 pounds. Safely increase productivity.

Seriously, what’s not to like here. Well, Kenco also offers a Super Lift, that when equipped with the correct bolt on tine set, can move just about anything. Rocks, logs, brush, barrier, block and you guessed it, Pipe. Each Super Lift model offers 3 pipe tine sets that cover just about anything. If not, let us know what you have, our engineering staff is up to the challenge. When it comes to equipment used to lift pipe, Kenco has you covered.

How to Lift Precast Concrete

There are many construction companies that use a precast concrete system instead of pouring concrete on site. Production of precast concrete is used in a wide range of applications including architectural panels, free-standing walls, landscaping blocks, capstones, security walls, barriers, and pipe. Forming the precast concrete is completed on the ground level, which increases safety during the process. There is more control of the quality when the system can be completed in a precast plant rather than on a construction site. Also, the forms that are used in a precast plant can be reused many times over, which allows for lower cost of formwork when compared to that of casting at the job site.

Lifting, moving, and positioning the precast concrete systems can be quite cumbersome due to the weight, size, and shape of the object. Maneuvering a concrete pipe or panel to attach the lifting straps can be just as burdensome. Fortunately, there are other options available for contractors who prefer a more productive method when handling these materials.

Kenco Corporation manufactures a wide range of precast lifting devices and attachments that are specific to the needs of the precast concrete worker. A wall system can be transported to the job site in a horizontal position, lifted off vertically and then placed into position using the innovative Panel Clamp. A Pipe Lift can be used to grab, lift, and set concrete pipe directly into the trench. Jersey wall and other security barrier wall systems can be easily moved using the Kenco Barrier Lift. Many of these actions can be accomplished with just one machine and one operator. These are just a few of the precast lifting devices that Kenco has designed and engineered to enhance the capabilities of the precast contractor.

Kenco prides itself on making the job of contractors who use precast concrete easier, more productive, and more cost effective.