September 2018

  1. Quick Ship: Get What You Need When and Where You Need It

    Whether you are working on a tower, wind turbine, solar panels, or in a tree, the gear you need to get the job done and stay safe is important. Having the gear you need when and where you need it is the difference between a job being done on time and pushing your entire schedule back days or even weeks. Here at GME Supply we know that time is money and getting your equipment on time is a priority. That’s why our Gear Experts® are going to talk about our commitment to shipping.

    Why is Shipping Important?


     

    We know that a new job can come up at the drop of the hat. While you may have most of the equipment you need to complete that job, there may be specialty equipment that you need to order and have ready on the job site within a few days. For example, if you just accepted a job where you are going to need a selection of tower consumables from Izzy Industries like zip ties, compression lugs, coax block hardware kits, stainless steel hose clamps, coax support blocks, and heat shrink sealers – you probably don’t have all of that just laying around. So, you need to order it, and have it delivered to your hotel – and fast! If not, it could cause delays that lead to lost profits or worse.

    Introducing Quick Ship!


     

    In mid-2018 we introduced a new feature called Quick Ship. Quick Ship products are represented by this logo and can be seen on any product that qualifies for our Quick Ship program. Our Quick Ship feature is a revolutionary program that allows you to know which items are available to be shipped out from one of our warehouses same day as long as the order is placed by 7 pm EST. The Gear Experts® here at GME Supply work hard every day to make sure that our most popular and commonly used items are in stock and ready to ship with Quick Ship as soon as you make an order.

     

    What You Need. When and Where You Need it.


     

    Quick ship isn’t our only shipping feature or perk, either. We’ve got a whole range of shipping options and services to ensure that you have the equipment you need, when and where you need it. Be sure to check out our shipping policy to learn what products qualify for free shipping. Beyond that many of our items have multiple shipping options like next-day air, Saturday delivery, and more. For a complete list of available shipping options simply go to your cart and enter your shipping location.

    Here to Help!


     

    We don’t take the title of Gear Experts® lightly. It is our promise that we will give you professional, courteous, and prompt service and that your order will be shipped in a timely manner, error-free, every time. We do not process orders during the weekend, so be sure to factor that in when selecting your shipping method.

    If you have questions about shipping and shipping times, click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    And, to learn more about our selection of tower consumables from Izzy Lugs and Izzy Industries, be sure to check out this video ↓

    Tower Consumables from Izzy Industries:


     

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  2. 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner Care & Inspection

    Over the past few months, we have talked a lot about the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner. We outlined what the aligner is and how it works here and a broke down each accessory and how it works here. This week, our Gear Experts® are going to break down how to care for the antenna aligner and what steps you need to take to make sure that your aligner stays accurate.

    Tough as Nails


     

    As we mentioned in our 3Z RF Vision Antenna Alignment Tool Buying Guide this tool is built to last. It features an all-weather enclosure designed to withstand everything mother nature has to throw at it. The strengthened polycarbonate hard plastic and protective bumper make it pretty much impact resistant. Not to mention the body is heat resistant too. As a tower climber, you know that weather can be unforgiving – this rugged tool can handle it.

    Impact Resistant Display


     

    When you see touch screens, the first thing you think of is probably how easy it will break. 3Z knew that to ensure this tool could stand up to the tough job, the touch screen had to be tough. The display features chemically strengthened glass intended for rugged use. The chemical treatment makes the screen resistant to scratching, cracking, and breaking.

    Calibration


     

    While this device has a rugged design and is built to handle the toughest of situations, it is always a good idea to make sure that it is performing up to standards. Over the course of using the tool, the sensitivity can be affected which means that reading can slowly become less accurate. Every two years the RF Vision should be sent in for calibration. There are two different calibration options available: Standard and Premium.

    Standard Calibration

    Standard calibration includes a full internal calibration, firmware/software updates, tune-ups, cleaning, and a systems test.

    Premium Calibration

    The premium calibration includes everything listed in the standard calibration plus a full body replacement with sealants.

    For more information on how to get your 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner calibrated contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see the 3Z RF Vision Antenna Aligner

    Click here to see our full selection of 3Z accessories

    Click here to see our previous 3Z blog posts

    The Importance of Antenna Alignment: The Video


     

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  3. Must-Haves: Tower Climber Edition

    As a tower climber there is a ton of different gear to choose from and sometimes weeding through everything can take way too much time. This week our Gear Experts® are going to break down the must-have gear you need to get the job done and stay safe.

    The Gear


     

    So, what are the essentials needed for tower climbers?

    Harness 

    Let’s start with the most obvious: a harness. Your harness is the focal point of all your gear, but which harness is the best? Well, that depends on some factors about what job you will be doing. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. You can click here to check out our Ultimate Fall Protection Harness Buying Guide for details on how to pick the right harness for you.

    Helmet

    The next intricate piece is a helmet. Protecting your dome is important and picking the right helmet ensures that your noggin will go uncracked. Picking the right helmet involves a little bit of knowledge about the job at hand. Check out our Safety Helmets 101 blog post where we take you through the what’s what when it comes to keeping your noodle safe. You can also download our free Safety Helmets 101 pdf from our Knowledge Base.

    Twin Leg Lanyard

    Once you’ve got your harness and helmet covered, it’s time to look at a shock absorbing lanyard. Twin leg lanyards are diverse. They come in a range of styles and lengths for a range of specific applications (like foot level tie off or tie-back) and with a ton of different connection point options.

    Cable Safety Sleeve (Cable Grab)

    Chances are, a tower you encounter will have a cable climb system which means you will need a way to securely connect your harness to that system. In fact, nearly every telecom tower in North America has a cable climb system of some sort. So, your gear list isn’t complete without a cable grab. While the basic function of cable grabs are pretty much the same – there are subtle differences in each.

    Pass-Through Sling (Pass-Through Web Anchor)

    Sometimes you will run into a situation where you need to make your own anchorage point. Having a pass-through anchor in your gear list will give you the ability to produce that anchorage point.

    Positioning Lanyard

    You’ve made it to your destination on the tower, but now you can’t quite work where you need to because the cable climb system isn’t in the right spot and you need both of your hands to work. That’s where a positioning lanyard comes in. Using your twin leg lanyard to move safely to your working location you can then position yourself and work handsfree with your positioning lanyard.

    Bolt Bag

    You’ve only got two hands (us too, unfortunately) which means that carrying nuts, bolts, and small tools up the tower while your climbing isn’t possible. That’s why a bolt bag is on our must-haves list.

    Carabiner

    At least one carabiner will make your life and the job so much easier. We recommend at least two typically, but one will get you by. Carabiners have a ton of different applications but using one to connect your bolt bag to your harness isn’t a bad idea. Find out more about carabiner gates with our free downloadable pdf from our knowledge base.

    Separator Bar (Spreader Bar)

    Sitting or leaning while positioned on the tower can place a lot of pressure on your waist and hips. It’s hard on your body and uncomfortable. Especially if you’re in that position for an extended amount of time. Using a separator spreader bar helps relieve that pressure and keep you feeling great.

    RF Monitor

    Not all dangers can be seen with the human eye and RF frequencies are one of them. Ensuring that you are not overexposed to RF waves is extremely important to your safety and the FieldSENSE 2.0 Personal RF Monitor has you covered. For more information on the FieldSENSE RF Monitor check out our blog post.

    Duffle Bag

    You’re loaded up with all the must-have gear for climbing the tower, but now you’ve got one little problem – you can’t carry it all. Did we mention having 2 hands isn’t enough already? A duffle bag fixes that problem. Fit all your gear neatly organized in one single, easy to transport duffle bag.

    All-In-One Solution


     

    We’ve covered a lot of information in this blog post – and sifting through all of the different options for each of the must-have pieces of gear takes time. Because we know that your time is precious our Gear Experts® have put together an Essential Tower Climbing Kit that includes all of the equipment we discussed in this blog post (except for the RF Monitor). It also includes a variety of upgradable options (like the RF Monitor).

    We have a variety of different kits assembled by our Gear Experts® for a range of different applications.

    Need help finding the perfect kit? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®.

    Click here to see our full selection of tower climbing gear

    Click here to see our Essential Tower Climbing Kit

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

    Tower Climbing Kits: Video Edition



     

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  4. Product Spotlight: The Sterling Pocket Hauler

    Certain situations call for a single person or team to lift an object or person that they normally wouldn’t be able to lift. That’s where mechanical advantage comes in. This week our Gear Experts® are going to talk about the Sterling Pocket Hauler and how it can provide a mechanical advantage for a range of applications.

    Mechanical Advantage


     

    First things first, let’s talk a bit about mechanical advantage. Mechanical advantage is “the advantage gained by the use of a mechanism in transmitting force; specifically: the ratio of the force that performs the useful work of a machine to the force that is applied to the machine”. Basically, mechanical advantage is the number of times the device multiplies the force you apply. Need to lift 60 pounds but only strong enough to lift 30? A device with a 2:1 (2 to 1) mechanical advantage will help you achieve that lift.

    The Pocket Hauler


     

    The Sterling Pocket Hauler is a small, lightweight, simple to operate system that provides a 4:1 or 5:1 mechanical advantage. This device makes lifting extremely easy for use in rescue, adjustable directional, tensioning, or a number of other rigging needs. The Sterling Pocket Haul System comes with everything you need to get the job done. It includes:

    → (1) 50’ 8 mm Rope with a Sewn Eye;

    → (2) Aluminum Mini-double Pulleys;

    → (2) Aluminum Auto lock Carabiners;

    → (1) 6 mm Prusik Cord; and

    → (1) Screwlink Carabiner

    **The pocket hauler does not come pre-rigged. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. You can check out our video on how to properly rig the Sterling Pocket Hauler Below.

    Save Energy


     

    To prove how much energy the Sterling Pocket Hauler’s mechanical advantage can save you, we did an experiment. In our experiment, we used a Rock Exotica Enforcer LC1 Load Cell to test the loads. We had a volunteer rig up to the haul system and used the Load Cell to show that he was 182 pounds. The next step was to change the configuration of the Load Cell to allow it to measure how much force was required to lift the volunteer using the haul system. In the 4:1 configuration it took 50 pounds of force to lift 182 pounds of weight. In the 5:1 configuration it only took 40 pounds of force to lift 182 pounds of weight.

    See the full experiment in the below video.

    Looking for more information about mechanical advantage or the Sterling Pocket Hauler? Click here to contact one of our Gear Experts®!

    **The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.

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    The Sterling Pocket Haul System: Video


     

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