Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12designed for ease of tear-down and set-up, and its ease of transport is a huge benefit.” Crews use the 138 for pouring concrete, setting pipe and setting steel. “That machine has over 8,000 hours, and the only thing we’ve had to do is put a set of injectors in it. We do the maintenance on it as scheduled and we haven’t had any problems with it.” Shook purchased the crane to replace a much older 138 “that was a good crane, but it got to the point we couldn’t find anyone to run it,” Lykins said. For many years, the largest rough terrain crane Shook owned was a 50-ton model, but it has recently purchased 8065 models for two water projects. “We like the rough terrain cranes for the ease of movement. Work on a treatment plant is scattered all over the site, so we might use the RTC to pour concrete on one side of the site today, and move it to the other side tomorrow,” he commented. “Operators really like Link-Belts for the ease of operation. They are very comfortable and operator friendly. You don’t have to know how to work a computer to run it. They are simple to operate, smooth, quiet, a real nice machine,” Lykins added. Lykins started with Shook Construction 33 years ago as a mechanic, and he has been equipment superintendent for the past 23 years. His employer was doing business with Columbus Equipment Company long before he arrived, he said. “We have a lot of dealers close by, but Columbus Equipment isn’t your average equipment distributor. It’s very easy dealing with Mike Early and the guys at Columbus Equipment. Any branch we deal with, they do what they need to do to help us and get us out of a bind. If I need a piece of equipment quickly, they don’t have a problem find- ing it, even if they have to go to a different branch.” While Lykins has a crew of mechanics in Dayton, when his equipment needs work around the state, he knows he can call on Columbus Equipment Company. “We frequently use them in Cleveland, where we have several jobs. That’s a three-hour drive for us, and Columbus Equipment can get there quickly. Most of the equipment we own is Komatsu or Link-Belt, so whether we need service on either one, they can do it.” The Shook mission starts with “community.” By building schools, hospitals and water treatment plants, “we are fortunate enough to be a part of really creating the fabric of the community,” said Shook Construction President Bill Whistler. “Operators really like Link-Belts for the ease of operation. They are very comfortable and operator friendly.” Randy Lykins; Superintendent, Shook Construction CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT Shook’s Link-Belt RTC-8065 Operator Joe Carlone relocates a 4,500 lb. scissor lift at the Easterly Waste Water Treatment Plant in Cleveland, Ohio. The 8065 is rarely idle and has seen over 6,000 hours of action in less than four years at the facility. Easterly serves over 334,000 residents and businesses, treating more than 94 million gallons of wastewater per day. 7