The Good Life Men's Magazine - November/December 2019

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“EVERY JOB IS DIFFERENT. IT TAKES

DIFFERENT RIGGING AND DIFFERENT

SETUPS. IT’S A DIFFERENT CHALLENGE

EVERY TIME.” – TODD BREIDENBACH

hanging off the end of your crane. MRI machines being

placed inside hospitals, for example, back in the day were

million dollar picks.”

Getting His Start

As one might imagine, Breidenbach didn’t just one day

wake up and decide to climb into “the upper” of a crane —

the control seat of the crane itself, vs. “the lower” where,

on a truck-mounted crane, you actually drive the crane

down the road to the job site. He worked his way up,

gaining experience on job sites, learning how to maintain

the cranes and set up the rigging required to operate a

crane and safely get the job done.

“I wasn’t really interested in cranes at first,” Breidenbach

admits, “I was actually working at the penitentiary in Sioux

Falls, S.D., as a stepping stone into a law enforcement

career. But I happened to see an ad in the paper for a crane

company and decided to apply for a rigger roll. Later on

the company announced that they needed a driver, and I

had a CDL, so I started helping move the cranes around…

eventually I started doing maintenance on the cranes, and

soon enough I started the process to become a certified

crane operator.”

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Fast forward 20 years, and Breidenbach knows the

whole process start to finish and continues to do his

own maintenance on his fleet of truck-mounted cranes,

which range from the 50-ton crane he started his

company with, all the way up to his largest crane which

is a 265 ton.

On the Job

On any given day, Breidenbach and his crew from High

Power Crane can be found moving any number of large

items, including ethanol plant equipment, rooftop

heating and cooling units, trusses for new commercial

construction, large propane tanks, hot tub and even

pools.

“We’ve moved some crazy stuff,” Breidenbach said with

a chuckle. “Typically, a contractor calls us up because

they need something fairly heavy moved on a job site

and there’s usually some elevation involved, so they

need a crane to move it. A lot of the contractors when

building apartment, they’ll call us to set the trusses on

top of the building. A lot of heating and cooling guys will

call us to set their units on top of the roofs… take old

ones down and put new ones up.”

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