ready to start also helped he reckoned. Landing the ark project provided an excellent reason to acquire the 100-ton Link-Belt Domaschko said. He had purchased a used Link-Belt HTC-8690 from Columbus Equipment Company about two years ago and we liked it so much it motivated us to get another one. Wed gotten dependent on having a big crane and couldnt do without one while it was tied up on a project for six months. The 86100 is an extremely operator-friendly crane he said. It also has a very strong chartthe strongest in its class of 100-ton truck cranes I think. We can set it up fast break it down fast and move on to the next project. It also goes down the road good and rides nice which makes the operator more comfortable and allows him to do more. D-Crane owns eight cranes ranging in size from a 23-ton boom truck to the 100-ton truck crane. Before he bought the Link-Belt truck cranes the biggest crane in the fleet was a 70-tonner. Naturally we can do a lot more with a 90- and 100-ton crane than with a 70-ton crane. Weve gone from being able to work 200 feet up to 230 feet up and from a 150-foot working radius to a 200-foot working radius. In our business higher is better and out is betteryou can do more work and be more versatile Domaschko said. Despite the increase in size and range the new HTC drives down the road like a 70-ton and sets up like a 70-ton but it can do a lot more than a 70-ton. The purchase of the 86100 was the first time Domaschko bought a new crane and Columbus Equipment Company made the process painless he said. Bob Weber head of Columbus Equipment Companys Lifting Division and Roger Reese sales representative really explained it well to me. I didnt even know if our credit was strong enough to do it but they helped me believe in myself. He has had good experiences working with the parts and service departments at Columbus Equipment Company too. They are eager to help. Ive never had a problem getting ahold of someone and Ive never had a problem getting a part. Everyone has done all they can to make things happen. Domaschko started D-Crane in 2003 as a one-man one-crane company. He learned to run a crane in the Navy and worked for other crane rental companies for about a dozen years before starting his own firm with a used Grove crane. The recession years were lean but D-Crane survived and now has 10 employees. Domaschkos son Rob Jr. joined the company in 2011 to handle sales and marketing. D-Crane operates mostly in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky typically providing services such as setting struc- tural steel setting mechanical equipment and lifting heavy machinery. The company has worked on several power plants and also does work for aggregate plants in the area. As the company has added equipment it has taken on some high-profile jobs. For the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Cincinnati we set the structural steel for the new scoreboard with the HTC-8690 Domaschko said. That was a national event and was pretty cool. But building the ark might just be cooler he added. 5 The 86100 is an extremely operator-friendly crane. It also has a very strong chartthe strongest in its class of 100-ton truck cranes. Rob Domaschko Sr. Owner D-Crane Rental LLC Lead Framer Eli Stoltzfus right of Highline Construction manages what may well be the worlds largest puzzle.