10 J Jeff Baker describes his entry into the crane business as accidental but in a way he was following the age- old path to business successfind a need and offer services to fill that need. I needed a crane for a project but I couldnt find anyone locally to provide one so I bought one Baker said. He purchased his first crane a 26-year-old Bucyrus- Erie truck crane in 1994. Soon other companies around Zanesville were asking him to provide crane services and his welding business became a welding and crane service company. In March 2015 Bakers Welding Crane Service took delivery of a Link-Belt ATC-3210 210-ton all-terrain crane the first of this new Link-Belt design to be delivered in Ohio. Baker purchased the ATC-3210 to replace a 1996 model Grove 5120 and There is no comparison between the two he said. The Link-Belt can be set up more easily and quickly than competitive models. The ATC-3210 also makes good time on the highway. The Link-Belt is far superior in convenience and ease of use both on and off the road he added. Baker is using the 210-ton crane for work including setting modular houses cell towers box culverts and bridge beams. Baker has 18 cranes ranging in size from a 3.5-ton carry deck up to the new 3210. The fleet includes a 1999 Link-Belt 8640 truck crane and a 2007 Link-Belt 8675 truck crane. I really like Link-Belt machines. They are dependable machines. We dont have issues with them he noted. Link-Belt and Columbus Equipment are a good fit Baker said. Dealer support is important for someone as small as we are and the service we get from Columbus Equipment is unbelievable. We have no mechanics so we depend on them and they have always been here for us. They are outstanding every day. They have always done a super job with parts service and sales. Baker has been a Columbus Equipment customer for about 15 years and he purchased several Grove cranes through the company when it sold that brand. He is slowly but happily transitioning his fleet to Link-Belt which he prefers over other brands. Lead Operator Jason Tom is also a believer and big fan of Link-Belts Pulse operating system which keeps him ahead of the curve in terms of optimal precise and most impor- tantly safe operation. I really like Link-Belt machines. They are dependable machines. We dont have issues with them. Jeff Baker Owner Bakers Welding Crane Service Bakers Welding Crane Service GROWING STRATEGICALLY AND LIFTING DIVISION Baker purchased his first crane a 26-year-old Bucyrus-Erie truck crane in 1994.