Badger Takes New Cab-Down RT Models on the Road — and Rail

After re-entering the crane market last summer with cab-down style rough-terrain model, Badger Equipment Co., Winona, Minn., continues to answer the call from customers wanting cab-down RTs, especially discontinued Galions. Badger, a division of Manitex International, recently delivered 30-ton CD4430Rs to Amtrak, and a 20-ton CD4420 to Contractors Crane’s Houston, Texas, facility for work in refinery and petrochemical applications. Amtrak took delivery of three of the new machines outfitted with Badger’s own hi-rail gear.

According to Badger, these 30-ton RTs will do most of their work on Amtrak's rails as lifting cranes, and for maintaining their tracks as rail threader machines. Specially painted and equipped with Cummins Tier III engines, the cranes have all-wheel drive, all-wheel steer, a six-sided two-section boom with auxiliary winch and a roomy two-door cab with air conditioning, rear view cameras, and full glass protection. These machines also have an extra wide stance with wider rims, wider friction rail drives and wider fenders.

During an open house at the Contractors Parts and Supply facility in Houston, the model CD4420 was showcased by Badger as the first new crane of this kind to come to the refinery and petrochemical sectors in many years. Badger reports the new crane was met with excitement by a crowd of 65. Steve McReynolds of Groves Equipment, a major equipment supplier to refineries, commented "You have done your homework and you have hit the nail on the head!"

At press time, Contractors Parts and Supply of Baton Rouge, La., was to also host an open house with the new 20-ton RT, as the facility supports many refineries, petrochemical plants and contractors with parts and service on the older cab-down cranes in use today. The new crane, with 77 feet of reach, an available jib, and a comfortable cab, offers the latest in technological advances, and Tier III Cummins engines.