What tools do Riggers use?

Most machinery movers use a variety off tools to relocate machinery. There are thousands of different types of machines. Many of the tools the are used to move them specialized. The machines are typically heavy and awkward. Therefore the tools being used are rated to accommodate these type of specifications. There are tools that are used to lift the machine up of the ground, or the place where the equipment is mounted. The machine can be lifted from the top or the bottom. There are specialized tools that are used to roll the machinery across the space where it is located. There are other tool required to level the machinery once its been installed. All of these steps require tools specifically designed with this industry in mind. Other tools that Riggers use are you typical mechanic and construction type tools. The following are examples of each category.

Specialized Tools


Lifting:       Jacks. This is a simple tool with many forms.

Simplex-RJ84A-Steel-Mechanical-Ratchet-Jack-5-Ton-Capacity-with-7-StrokeThere are mechanical jacks also known as railroad jack. These work by moving the jack handle up and down delivering a racketing action where the jack is either raised or lowered.



31Q7EFFQpFLThere are hydraulic jacks. These work similarly to mechanical  jacks. The difference is that the ratcheting action is replaced by a smoother hydraulic cylinder that is raised up and down using hydraulic pressure. Jacking up increases pressure and opening the relief valve reduces pressure.



Enerpac-P-141-Single-Speed-Hand-PumpHydraulic pump & cylinders. Otherwise referred to as a ports-power. This works like an hydraulic jack. The main difference is the the jacking cylinder is separate from the pump. The cylinder is connected by a hose and offers more manoeuvrability. The cylinders are also interchangeable offering many size and capacity options.



Rolling:    Dollies and Skates


Vestil-VHMS-15-Swivel-Top-Machine-Roller-Iron-Body-with-Steel-Bearings-15000-lb-Capacity-4-78-x-5-34-x-10-12Tank skates. Just like the name suggest these skates look like a tank. They have a solid constructed frame and the rolling action comes from a tank like tread system. The track and bearing system has been used for years. It works well in both clean and rough areas. They tend sit at a higher profile than other type of skates.


41i68gxvoSLMachinery skates with rollers. These are typically solid steel frames that employ many different size wheels made from a variety of materials. depending on the type of surface your working on the wheel may be made of steel, nylon, or some other type of composite. The materials used to make the wheels offer non-marking materials to reduce marking up finished floors. Steel wheels may scratch or gouge finished floors.

Steerable skate systems. This is a combination of 3 or more of the 2 types of skates described above. There is a steering dolly is the movable part of the set up. It acts much like the steering in a car or truck. The other 2 skates are fixed. These would act much like the rear axle of a car or truck. When they are set into place and the machine is being moved the steerable dolly can be moved left or right to change the direction in which the machine will travel.


Hand tools


These are typical tools used by mechanics and construction tradesmen. The include:

  1. wrenches
  2. screw drivers
  3. pliers and cutters
  4. pipe wrench
  5. socket and ratchet sets
  6. drills
  7. impact and air tools
  8. electrical tests
  9. fuse pullers
  10. hex wrenches (allen wrenches) …..to name a few

Each one of these tools provides a piece of the process that it takes to move a machine. How and when they are used will determine the success of the move. Even though these tools don’t necessarily require special training to use they will require some guidance on how to apply them in the situation regarding machinery moving. If you would like some help in this area feel free to contact us at any time. We’d be glad to help.