New Potain Igo in Italy

By Euan Youdale20 October 2008

Part of the Manitowoc stand at SAIE 2008 featuring the Potain Igo 30 self-erecting tower crane

Part of the Manitowoc stand at SAIE 2008 featuring the Potain Igo 30 self-erecting tower crane

Manitowoc introduced the Igo 30, its latest addition to the Potain range of Igo self-erecting cranes, at the SAIE trade fair in Italy.

The crane has a maximum capacity of 2.2 tones at 14.6 m. There is a 30 m jib version that lifts 900 kg at the tip, and a 28 m jib version that lifts 1 tonne at the tip. Height under hook is 20.5 m and the jib can luff to either 8° or 20°.

Vincent Milan, Manitowoc's senior product manager for self-erecting cranes, said the versatility of the Igo 30 would make it popular with both rental companies and end users.

"The Igo 30, with its ballast attached, has a total weight of less than 26 t, meaning it can travel with just one truck in many of its key markets, lowering transport costs. It is also very easy to move and erect," Milan said.

"Its flexible working configurations make it suitable for a variety of jobsites. It also has Manitowoc's strong reputation for reliability behind it, backed up by Manitowoc Crane Care for parts and service. When combined with the expected strong residual value that Potain cranes enjoy, it makes it an attractive option to both rental companies and contractors," added Milan.

The new crane features the SmartCom system that incorporates special sensors fitted around the crane to improve efficiency during folding and unfolding operations. For ease of set-up the crane has side ballast which means the counterweight does not need to move for folding and unfolding. This is especially useful on jobsites where ‘free slew' is not possible or where there are strict rules regarding the position of the jib during out-of-service operation, says the company.

All of the mechanisms are frequency controlled. Another feature is the radio remote control.

The Igo 30 is manufactured at Manitowoc's production facility in Niella Tanaro, Italy. The first production Igo 30 cranes will be with customers in February 2009.

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