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Major ram issue on MEWP

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Was having a thorough check over my MEWP this afternoon to prepare it for loler ticket, spotted a hairline crack at mounting point on one of the Rams, waggled a screw driver about and the end of the ram came off! It's obviously been cracked for a long time but has been lolered, just a heads up to really keep up with personal checks!ImageUploadedByArbtalk1461343975.326816.jpg.7e9c7a5b31a2b12aa8eec431fe04d5a1.jpg

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That's bloody frightening, well done spotting it, I would be having a chat with the loler inspector asap!

 

 

It hasn't had a ticket on it for a couple of years but has done very little since its last one, that crack has been there for a long time judging by the state of the metal! It was quite hard to spot but you'd like to think an inspection would be meticulous

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There doesn't look to be as much metal around the pin hole as I would have expected. Presumably the hole is the original size?

It wouldn't have been enlarged to take up wear in either the bracket or ram.

Is the pin a good fit in what remains?

If the answers are yes no yes then I would be talking to the manufacturer.

 

Just had another look and the hole looks uneven/ worn, pictures can be deceptive though

Edited by cornish wood burner

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The break/wear pattern looks like its been caused by excessive lateral movement at the other end of the ram. It may be worth checking it out, if its not I would be changing that pin end to a spherical rod end. Just thoughts

 

Bob

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that looks like a very poor design i would think it would be better with a boss with a dx/du bush in it and a grease nipple what kind of mewp was it. cheap and nasty design springs to mind

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Was having a thorough check over my MEWP this afternoon to prepare it for loler ticket, spotted a hairline crack at mounting point on one of the Rams, waggled a screw driver about and the end of the ram came off! It's obviously been cracked for a long time but has been lolered, just a heads up to really keep up with personal checks![ATTACH]203329[/ATTACH][ATTACH]203330[/ATTACH]

at the top left hand side of the first picture is there a crack on that web

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Re: Safety Rope for MEWP

A dozen possible reasons for needing the fast rope technique.

 

1. A gang of yobs tie up your groundie and start to have some fun with the controls.

2. A gang of yobs start hooning their cars around where you are set up, lose control and crash into a leg

3. There is a mechanical failure which causes the machine to topple but leaves enough time to grab the rope

4. There is a failure of the ground under one of the legs, perhaps an old manhole with a rusty lid then covered with tarmac but not apparent when setting up.

5. An electric cable which was well clear of where you are working is brought down and over by a vehicle running into it and the cable falls across the MEWP making it live.

6. A drunk driver ignores all the barriers and crashes into a leg

7. A stolen car chased by the police rams a leg.

8. A light aircraft with engine failure chooses to land in your vicinity and crashes into a leg.

9. A deadly poisonous snake had found its way into the box section overnight and suddenly appears in your basket.

10. The acetylene gas bottle you were using to do some cutting suddenly has a blow back and safety valve failure and starts to heat up.

11. The can of paint thinner tips over and there is a spark and the whole cage starts to burn.

12. Monica Bellucci walks under the MEWP and says that she will give you a freebie if you slide down the rope.

 

13.Major ram issue on MEWP

 

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