Italian spider lift company Palazzani has entered the spider crane market with its new Palcrane range.
The first model in the range is the 2.9 tonne RPG 2900 which features a five section, 8.7 metre main boom, with a maximum tip height of 10.3 metres. It can lift 1,700kg on full boom to a hook height of 9.3 metres or take 200kg at its maximum radius of 8.7 metres. An optional three section telescopic hydraulic jib has a maximum 800kg capacity and takes the maximum tip height to 13.5 metres. An 818mm manual extension can also be added to the jib.
Weighing just 2,300kg - or 2,740kg with the extension - it has an overall stowed width of 730mm an overall height of 1.5 metres and a total length is just over three metres. It has classic spider type outriggers providing narrow jacking and additional lift/levelling. Each outrigger leg has three different positions - including a 90 degree configuration – to suit various space requirements.
Features include 360 degree continuous slew, 30 percent gradeability, radio control with display, self-load/unload and the ability to level on ground on ground with up to 21 percent variation. Power comes from a diesel engine while a single or three phase electric motor is available for indoor use.
Commercial director Paola Palazzani said: “The RPG 2900 has been developed after and detailed analysis of the market and the different needs of our customers. They were asking for a versatile and high performance product, equipped with specific attachments, therefore we decided to open a new division of products - Palcrane - the mini spider cranes that combine the characteristics of pick & carry with compact mini cranes.”
The company has also announced plans for a larger RPG 3700 model which - if the nomenclature is the same - will offer a lifting capacity of 3.7 tonnes.
Palazzani has long offered a winch or hook option on some of its spider lifts, but this is its first dedicated spider crane. Looking at the design and specification it looks very good, the proof though as they say is in the eating. We will do a full evaluation and comparison in the next issue of Cranes & Access.