Pettibone's versatile New Railway Crane Handles Multiple Tasks

Updating the innovative design of the industry’s original do-it-all rail crane, Pettibone has introduced the versatile Speed Swing 445F. Designed to handle multiple railroad service applications, the 445F offers precise hydraulic engineering and ample power to lay rails, set ties, and perform many other tasks.

Powered by a 163-hp. Cummins QSB4.5 Tier 4 diesel engine that uses up to 10% less fuel than the previous model, the Speed Swing 445F also features a Dana T20000 3-speed transmission that delivers exceptional torque and has an easy-to-use twist-grip electric shift control. The machine has an impressive front-load capacity of 10,000 lbs. and side-load capacity of up to 8,000 lbs.

Operators can move the Speed Swing between jobsites quickly, traveling at 25 mph on Hi-rail and 20 mph with all-terrain rubber tires. The tires – along with four-wheel drive with a rear-wheel disconnect – also allow greater maneuverability 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. 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 machinery components. An engine block heater keeps the machine working reliably in cold weather.

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 rear-view 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 extendible boom, fork frame, backhoe, brush cutter, snow plow, and many more.