“Bulk Handling Today” set off in March to see SA French’s self-erecting crane and the GJJ hoist in action. Contractors wanting a quick, easy and efficient solution to their lifting and moving requirements on smaller building sites, and perhaps even the larger ones, appreciate the Potain IGO crane’s significant advantages.
Now available in the rental fleet of SA French, South Africa’s Potain distributor, the IGO boasts superb ease of movement and simple erection, making it an easier and less expensive option than a conventional tower crane.
With capacity to lift a maximum of four tonnes, and one tonne at 40 metres, the Potain IGO crane can be dismantled, erected and commissioned in just six to seven hours. The installation of ballast does not need to be performed by a mobile crane, as this can be done independently by means of a frame beam.
The IGO is particularly popular for lifting applications at projects such as small apartment blocks, and supplementary lifting on construction projects such as shopping centres. It isn’t even necessary to employ a truck crane to move the crane around a building site; an ordinary freight truck will do the trick, thanks to its compact size. The crane can also be used as an auxiliary unit on high-rise projects.
The crane places materials quickly and accurately, giving contractors and builders the opportunity to utilise their site storage more efficiently. The level of health and safety on site is also improved, as there is less movement of wheeled equipment on the ground with its risk of man-machine collisions.
Arranging the crane into operating position takes only 10 to 15 minutes, saving substantially on working time on site and it requires only one operator with a remote control to assemble the crane and move cargo.
The IGO’s compact footprint needs only a 4,5 metre by 4,5 metre base, and there is no need to prepare a special platform for the crane; it can even be installed at a height of several floors.
The jib of the IGO crane can be shortened or luffed, should the need arise to do so which allows it to neatly bypass obstacles it may encounter. When dismantled, the crane takes up even less space, with dimensions of 2,5 metres wide by 3,5 metres high (maximum).
SA French, Quentin Van Breda,
Tel: (011) 822-8782, www.safrench.co.za