ReachMaster Now Distributes Galizia Industrial Cranes in North America | Construction News

ReachMaster Inc., Kingwood, Texas, has introduced Galizia walk-behind industrial cranes to North America.

ReachMaster announced during last week's ConExpo 2014 trade show in Las Vegas, Nev., that it is now the exclusive Galizia crane distributor for North America. ReachMaster displayed a Galizia model G20 in its exhibit at the show.

According to Ebbe Christensen, president of ReachMaster, his company elected to offer the G20 first because the crane’s 2-ton capacity, compact size, and maneuverability fit well in a wide range of uses.

Other Galizia models can lift up to 45 tons, and ReachMaster plans to offer additional units based on customer demand. ReachMaster key account sales manager Stephanie Gunther says the company is already seeing inquiries for the next larger Galizia model, which can lift 7,700 lbs.

Two features that set the Galizia G20 apart from its competitors are that (in North America) it comes standard with brakes on the two front wheels and that all of the travel and boom-operating controls are located in the steering handle. The convenient control locations let an operator simultaneously travel, steer, raise the boom, and extend the boom while keeping his or her hands in one place.

The built-in LMI, which is standard, graphically shows load radius, boom-tip height, capacity, as well as diagnostic messages.

The chassis measures 79 in. long, 36 in. wide, and 65 in. high with boom stowed. The wheelbase is 63 in., which together with 180° steering of the rear tire gives the G20 a 71-in. minimum turning radius. The complete crane weighs 4,409 lbs.

The telescopic boom has one fixed section and two extending sections. The top section of boom is pulled out and locked manually, and the middle section extends hydraulically.

The G20 is powered by a 24V, 320-Ah battery system that drives a 2.7-hp electric motor for each front wheel and a hydraulic pump that powers the boom.

Capacities range from 4,409 lbs. at 1’6” ahead of the front axles, to 551 lbs. at 11’5” of forward reach. The maximum boom tip height is 16’6” at a forward reach of approximately 5 ft. At that position, the G20 can lift 661 lbs.

Christensen says he expects key initial applications to be in curtainwall installation and maintenance, handling of pumps, molds, dies, and other heavy industrial equipment, handling heavy statues and exhibits in museums, and other uses that require handling heavy components in tight spaces.

Christensen also said that customers can count on excellent parts and service support from ReachMaster's well-trained staff of service technicians, who are experienced in supporting several types of specialized lifting equipment.