The DECKHAND product line brings a new standard of safety and efficiency to job sites around the world by keeping ground crews further away from danger zones.

Rather than requiring personnel to manually position pipe or be in potentially dangerous proximity to moving equipment, the excavator mounted DECKHAND can safely and efficiently load, unload and position a variety of drill rod, pipe, poles, road mats and other materials.


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LaValley Deckahnd LogoThe excavator’s auxiliary hydraulic circuit powers the DECKHAND even in the most adverse weather conditions and 360-degree continuous rotation, tilt, and shift functions deliver unmatched load control and placement. The convenient in-cab display and joystick controls allows the operator to safely operate, monitor and adjust all functions from inside the excavator cab. Load locking valves insure that the load in never dropped regardless of hydraulic pressure. Additionally, an optional stick mounted camera allows the operator to see in even the most difficult spaces.

DECKHAND’s modular design makes it easy to change out arms to accommodate different diameters and types of material. DECKHAND can grip the load securely from an off-center position allowing for more control in areas with tight accessibility.

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DECKHAND is manufactured in several sizes allowing it to be easily used with any brand of excavator ranging in size from 19 to 75 metric tons.  Based on the specific model, DECKHAND can lift up to 50,000 lbs and has been designed to meet ASME below-the-hook lifting standards with a 3:1 safety ratio.

“It has been really satisfying to see so many different industries embrace DECKHAND as their preferred solution to material handling. We work with contractors everyday handling everything from drill rod to flexible pipe, mainline pipe, utility poles and more” says Jason LaValley, president and founder of LaValley Industries. “That said, I grew up in the HDD industry and originally invented DECKHAND after witnessing one of my friends be injured on a jobsite while working as a human ‘deckhand’. Give DECKHAND a try and I promise, you will be loading drill rod faster and safer than ever before.”

SOURCE — LaValley Industries

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