Speedy Takes Delivery of New Reid Lightweight Gantry Cranes


Speedy Hire has placed an order for 20 lightweight gantry cranes from Reid Lifting’s new 1,000kg capacity Porta-Gantry Rapide range. Delivery is scheduled to take place during February and March 2019.

Speedy, which has a specialist lifting division that offers an abundance of equipment for material handling and other applications, will be the first company to offer the product, launched at last November’s LiftEx trade show in Milton Keynes, to the UK market.

The gantries will bolster Speedy’s existing Reid fleet, having placed an equally significant order for 75 units at the turn of the year. That order comprised 40 Tall Porta-Gantry cranes, 30 Intermediate Porta-Gantry systems (all 2,000kg capacity), and five 5,000kg Tall Porta-Gantry products. The new Porta-Gantry Rapide, meanwhile, is a higher capacity version of the manufacturer’s popular, 500kg capacity units of the same name. Each gantry offers three height and length options, meaning nine variations are available at each capacity; Speedy will take delivery of a variety of sizes.

David Underhill, business development manager at Reid, said: “The 1,000kg Rapide expands on an already renowned range, which brought a new level of portability and ease of assembly to the gantry crane market when it was introduced back in 2011. We have been finalising the design of the new version over a long period of time prior to its much-anticipated LiftEx launch, where it was well received by the marketplace. Full production began in January [2019].”

Underhill explained that the Rapide is both goods and personnel rated (tested for up to three people as a fall arrest system), further enhancing its versatility. He added: “Due to its portability and ease of assembly, it is often used as a safer alternative to a tripod for confined space work, but it has been used in applications as varied as art galleries, water treatment works, and solar panel installation on floating pontoons on a lake in Cumbria.”

The Rapide is perfectly suited to the rigours of the hire market and the original version has proved its durability in a myriad of applications for the best part of a decade. Additionally, the ability to rent a gantry on a short-term basis for such a variety of tasks creates great utilisation. As Underhill reiterated, one person can assemble the product in less than 60 seconds. The frames easily fold onto the beam, forming a compact, storable unit; a storage container keeps it safe during shipping and transportation to and from site.

Tom Patterson, supply chain manager at Speedy, said: “We’ve experienced the benefits of other products in the Reid range of lightweight gantry cranes and, as we continue to invest in the volume of innovative assets in this category, we’re pleased to offer our customers the option of the new 1,000kg capacity Porta-Gantry Rapide. The product boasts a number of features that will appeal to our customers and their varied applications.”

Underhill concluded: “Reid has worked closely with the hire industry for many years; the sector is often willing to embrace new product where there is a clear value-add on existing solutions. This investment further serves to illustrate Reid and Speedy’s successful partnership. Speedy’s willingness to invest in these new products shows that it is determined to provide the best possible products for customers. We know our equipment is among the top movers in the Speedy fleet and the 1,000kg capacity Porta-Gantry Rapide range will see that trend continue.”

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