Reynolds Transfer and Storage help install new 107-ton transformer

Apr 1, 2020
Posted by Patrick Haddad

Reynolds Transfer and Storage used Hydra-Slide hydraulic skidding equipment to complete the removal and replacement of a transformer at a utility company in its home city of Madison, Wisconsin.

The multifaceted project involved the removal of the existing 237,000lb (107t) transformer, which was installed by Reynolds in 1984, and installation of a 170,000lb replacement, which was redundant but in working order at another site.

Integral to safe completion were a 300USt capacity HT300 heavy track hydraulic skidding system and a 10ft x 10ft, 500USt capacity turntable, both chosen for their lightweight and suitability to the substation environment. A telehandler was used for moving equipment around the site.

Thomas Reynolds, president at Reynolds Transfer and Storage, explained that “the move occurred within a substation so that the existing pad could be removed and replaced with a design that is consistent with current standards. We then moved it to a remote site by sliding over 1,000ft. The 20ft and 10ft Hydra-Slide track lengths were leap-frogged ahead to provide for continuous movement with less total track length.”

The majority (700ft) of that ground was covered in a single day with three changes of direction and a 90° turn to get through an opening with only ft of clearance.

Onsite, Reynolds was represented by up to six people at any one time, sourced from a heavy rigging team of 16. Inevitably, the project involved street occupancy permits and road closures.

Source: Cranes Today

Photo (for illustrative purposes): Substation / Th G / Pixabay / Free for commercial use


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