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Q To what standards is the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE certified?

The PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE is certified to meet EN795:1997 Class B, ANSI and CSA standards.

Q Can the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE be used for lifting goods and personnel at the same time?

Yes…..But the use of the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE to lift both goods and personnel simultaneously should only be carried out if all other options have been eliminated and a hazard and risk assessment has been deemed safe to do so.  Please contact us to provide the best possible solution for you.

Q Can the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE arrest the fall of more than one person simultaneously

Yes, depending upon the model, the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE can safely arrest the fall of up to 3 people simultaneously.

Q What winches are supported with the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE?

The PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE can be supplied with a wide (and growing) variety of winches for both personnel and goods lifting use.  Contact Reid if you have a specific requirement.

Q What is the maximum load rating for the PORTA-QUAD?

REID Lifting have designed and manufacture a PORTA-QUAD WLL500kg and a PORTA-QUAD WLL1000kg.

Q Can I use the PORTA-QUAD with an electric chain hoist?

Yes, we supply a range of manual and electric chain hoists to be used with both PORTA-QUAD WLL500kg and PORTA-QUAD WLL1000kg.

Q Why are 4 legs better than 3 – PORTA-QUAD v TRIPOD

The PORTA-QUAD (four legs) is more stable than a Tripod (three legs), due its bigger footprint.

Q Can the PORTA-DAVIT 1000 be used with the same sockets as the PORTA-DAVIT 500?

No, the PORTA-DAVIT 1000kg must be used with sockets specifically designed for the product.

Q I have a confined area where there is limited space; can the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE be assembled using a smaller footprint?

Yes, there are alternative procedures that use a smaller foot print.  See the Operation & Maintenance manual (page 11) for instructions and illustrations on how to do this.

Q Can 1 person assemble and use the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE?

The equipment can be transported and assembled easily by one person.  It depends on your company policy and the tasks involved as to whether it should be operated by 1 person alone.

Please click on PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE to watch the assembly video.

Q How long does it take to assemble the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE?

With a little practice (2-3 times) 60 seconds or less to assemble the structure and a further 30 seconds for trolleys and winches.  The Assembly Video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHICPxjGBnY.

Q What tools are required for assembling the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE?

There are no tools required for assembly.  The PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE utilises the use of ball-lock pins and quick release knobs for assembly and adjustment.

Q Are there various height of lifts available for the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE?

Yes. The PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE is available with a height of lift (HOL) up to 2929mm.  Other sizes can be made to order to meet your specific requirements; please contact Reid Lifting to discuss. The differing beam lengths are subject to the capabilities stated in the table below.


WLL (Goods) kg

Fall Arrest Capacity

WLL (Personnel) kg

Up to 2050mm


3 persons


2051-2154 mm


2 persons


2155-2929 mm


1 person


Q Will the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE fit in my van?

The PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE has been designed to fit in most short wheel base vans.  The dimensions of the standard PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE when folded measure W 440mm x L 2190mm x H 415mm.


Q Can the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE be used on uneven terrain?

Yes.  The standard PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE can be height adjusted at each A-frame up to 200mm in increments of 100mm. Furthermore the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE can be supplied with adjustable articulation feet with fine adjustment.


Q Can the height of the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE be adjusted?

Yes.   The standard configuration has 2 x 100mm increments of height adjustment, the intermediate has 4 x 100mm increments of height adjustment and the tall gantry has 9 x 100mm increments of height adjustment.

Q Are there various beam lengths available for the PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE?

The PORTA-GANTRY RAPIDE WLL 500kg can be supplied with a standard beam length of 2000mm, 2300mm and 4000mm. Other sizes can be made to order to meet your specific requirements; contact Reid to discuss your requirements. The differing beam lengths are subject to the capabilities stated in the table below.

Beam Length

WLL (Goods) KG

Fall Arrest Capacity

WLL (Personnel) KG

Up to 2000 mm


3 persons


2001-2300 mm


2 persons


2301-4000 mm


1 person



Q Are the heights and beam lengths of the gantry range adjustable?

Yes by simply adjusting the position of a few bolts.

Q Is every gantry supplied with a trolley?

Yes – each PORTA-GANTRY configuration includes an unique captive beam trolley with manual locking mechanism. Additional trolleys can also be provided for multiple lifting points.

Q Are the beams interchangeable throughout that gantry range?

Yes, but that unit would then be rated at the lowest WLL component. Eg. a 3 tonne WLL beam on a 5 tonne WLL A-frame will be rated at 3 tonnes.

Q Is a test certificate provided with REID systems?

Yes, every REID lifting system is tested to 150% of the WLL rating and an individual Test Certificate is provided.

Q What user instruction is provided with the REID system?

An assembly and Operating Guide is provided with each system and also available on line. Training is also available at REID facilities or at the client premises, upon request.

Q What forms of payment do you accept?

Credit Card, Cheque & Bacs payments are accepted.

Q Do you provide customised units?

Yes – REID develops customised and bespoke systems to meet the most exacting demands. We also work with clients to develop “design in” solutions. The earlier the REID involvement – the simpler the solution.

Q Do you provide Overload Protection devices on REID systems?

Yes – REID Lifting strongly recommends Overload Protection on all lifts for the most effective use of the equipment and to further increase operator safety. We have partnered with a leading international chain hoist manufacturer of innovative hoists to provide low maintenance, lightweight, very easy to use and highly cost effective, flexible solutions (3m & 6m standard chain lengths and various chain lengths can be supplied on request).

Q What is the maximum Working Load Limit for the REID PORTA-DAVIT?

Max WLL is 500kg for our PORTA-DAVIT and T-DAVIT systems. As part of the davit crane range, we also offer the PORTA-DAVIT 1000kg.

Q Can REID supply systems across Europe?

Yes – Reid can support most geographic locations from our UK and French offices with local support from our partner network. REID has a network of distributors, resellers and direct points of sales & support in most parts of Europe as well as USA, Canada and parts of the Middle East.

We would welcome any interest in representing Reid Lifting in other geograpical areas.

Q What do I need as a base for the PORTA-DAVIT or T-DAVIT?

REID produces a range of integrated sockets for these davit systems, all tested to 500kg. We also produce a PORTA-BASE system family for the PORTA-DAVIT for use where sockets can not be installed or are not suitable.

Q Does the PORTA-DAVIT 500kg rotate through a full 360 degrees under load?

Yes-the Porta-Davit family is designed to easily rotate through 360 degrees under load, as is the new PORTA-DAIVT 1000 which has a WLL of 1,000kg.

Q Can you provide Davit systems with a radius of 2m?

Yes we can-our T-Davit 500 range of custom systems provides a radius range of up to 2m and provides a Working Load Limit of 240kgs at its full 2m radius of lift. Our NEW and UNIQUE PD1000 (our WLL 1,000kg Porta-Davit) will offer custom systems with a radius of 3m at a WLL of 300kg.

Q Do you have a presence in the USA?

We are always expanding our reseller base internationally and are pleased to have Thern, Inc as our N America and Canada distributor:


Thern, Inc. USA
5712 Industrial Park Road
PO Box 347
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507.454.2996 ext. 244
Toll Free: 800.843.7648 ext. 244
Fax: 507.454.5282

Q I have a very awkward lifting challenge. I need to lift, rotate & lower a 75kg pump in a very confined space. Can you help?

We will be pleased to visit the site and propose possible solutions with you. For such an application our T-DAVIT custom system may well be the answer. We have developed several systems with a “variable radius under load” that allows us to move the load along a variable radius arm.

Q I would like to use the PORTA-DAVIT systems across a Waste Water Treatment site but the concrete slabs have already been laid.

REID provides a range of fixed sockets which include the Flush Mounted Cast In Socket, but also the Flush Mount Resin Bond version where you core out and resin bond the socket, as well as Top Mounted bolted sockets, Side Mounted bolted sockets and Bridge Mount bolted sockets for walkways etc.

Socket extensions can also be supplied to increase the height of lift.

Q Can your Porta-Davit 1000 davit jib crane provide a reach of 1500mm to lift a pump of 700kg?

The standard PORTA-DAVIT 1000, with a WLL of 1000kg at 1200mm radius, can be customised to provide a radius of 1500mm to lift the 700kg pump. It will require the PORTA-DAVIT 1000 range of sockets to be installed.

Q Can you please demonstrate your PORTA-GANTRY and PORTA-DAVIT systems at our training session for our engineers?

REID Lifting will be pleased to demonstrate our products at your premises or at our Manufacturing Facility in Chepstow, where the kettle is always on for customers to call in. Just let us know when and where you wish us to present or demonstrate.

Q I am considering the PORTA-GANTRY 2000 system for a 1750kg lift, but need 5m Height of Lift that is outside the published range

We will be pleased to design a custom unit to provide this height of lift. We have provided such custom units to over 5.5m height of lift. If you contact us with the overall specifications we will be happy to provide a quotation and drawing of the proposed unit. We can also supply a range of trolleys that help increase the height of lift, as well as Wind Up Jack Legs that will help gain additional 300mm of height with an infinite adjustment for confined space or uneven ground use.