At top speed

20 June 2019

Baraga, Michigan-based material handling equipment manufacturer Pettibone/Traverse Lift has launched the Speed Swing 445F, updating the innovative design of the industry’s original do-it-all rail crane.

Designed to be versatile for multiple railroad service applications, the 445F offers precise hydraulic engineering and ample power to lay rails, set ties, and perform numerous other tasks.

Powered by a 163-horsepower Cummins QSB4.5 Tier 4 diesel engine that offers fuel savings up to 10% over the previous model, the Speed Swing 445F features a Dana T20000 three-speed transmission with twist grip electric shift control. The machine has a front load capacity of 10,000lb and side load capacity up to 8,000lb.

Operators can move the Speed Swing between jobsites quickly, travelling at 25mph on Hi-rail and 20mph with all-terrain rubber tyres. The tyres —along with four-wheel drive with a rear wheel disconnect—also allow greater manoeuvrability off the rails to simplify most jobs. Four-wheel outboard dry disc service brakes provide sure stopping power.

Providing 180° boom rotation, the 445F is primarily used to thread out old rail and thread in new rail. An optional magnet package quickly cleans up old plates, spikes and small pieces of rail. The unit can also tow rail carts, move rail cars and supply air or hydraulics for hand tools.

Durably built for the challenges of the railroad, the Speed Swing is designed to simplify service and maximize uptime. A ROPS/FOPS tilting cab and tilt engine enclosure provide direct access to service points and machine components. Additionally, an engine block heater keeps the machine working reliably in cold weather conditions.

The spacious, climate-controlled operator cab includes a digital IQAN display module, full instrumentation panel and precise, pilot-operated controls. Tinted safety glass and a rearview camera help ensure safe operation at all times.

The Speed Swing 445F can be built to meet customer specifications for particular applications. Common options and attachments include a tote boom, hydraulic tool circuit, magnet package, AAR coupler, track cleaning bucket, load bucket, 20- foot extendable boom, fork frame, backhoe, brush cutter, snow plough, and many more.

Pettibone/Traverse Lift is part of the Pettibone, LLC Heavy Equipment Group. Founded in 1881, Pettibone has been recognized as the industry leader in material handling equipment since the company revolutionised the industry with the first forwardreaching, rough-terrain machines in the 1940s. Apart from rail cranes, the company also produces rough terrain forklifts and telehandlers.

Pettibone’s Speed Swing 445F has a front load capacity of 10,000lb and side load capacity up to 8,000lb.