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20 March 2008

Bil–Jax will have its first ‘European’ version trailermounted platform at Bauma –located on the larg

Bil–Jax will have its first ‘European’ version trailermounted platform at Bauma –located on the largedemonstration area being run by the InternationalPowered Access Federation (IPAF).

If the Bauma Guide in our March issue was the main course, consider this to be the dessert– a choice selection of some of the just announced new products that you will be able to see at Bauma.

We can't promise to have got every detail of every new machine –some companies treat Bauma like a military campaign, with no advance notice divulged –but seeing something unexpected when you arrive at the showground is one of the reliable pleasures of any exhibition. It would be boring otherwise.

Big truck mounts will inevitably grab a lot of the attention, with Bronto's 101 m machine being a particular highlight. But its German rival WUMAG will do its best to compete with its massive new 70 m platform. The 70 m working height WT 700 is an updated version of a previous model, and now incorporates H–configuration outriggers, and maximum outreach has risen to 35 m.

Of course, the company is also making headlines at the moment because it is developing a +100 m model, the WT 10000. That machine won't be at Bauma, but you will be able to get technical details on WUMAG's stand.

The big news on CTE's stand will be a new version of its popular Z–20 truck mounted platform on a 3.5 t GVW carrier. Look out for fly jibs and slightly more working height, in a configuration that the company clearly hopes will become a new industry ‘standard’.

Fellow Italian truck specialist, GSR, exhibiting with German dealer Rothlehner, says it will show several new truck mounts. The E290PX ‘sigma style’ machines with 29 m working height and mounted on a 7.5 t MAN TGL8.180 chassis; the 20 m telescopic E200T; the 16 m telescopic with Jib D162TJ fitted on MB Atego 818; and a new 17 m model, the E179T, fitted on a 3.5 t GVW VW Crafter.

Lionlift, meanwhile, uses only its second appearance at Bauma to show 3.5 t GVW truck mounted platforms with new, fully hydraulic controls: these will be the telescopic GT 21–10 and the articulated GX 19–10. The GX 23–11, on the other hand, is using “new generation electro hydraulic controls, more sensitive and precise”. The company also shows a crawler mounted GS 18.11.

We have previously reported on the most important new products being shown by JLG, Haulotte and Genie Industries, but there will be plenty more to see from other self–propelled specialists. The UK's Niftylift, for example, will be present at Bauma and shows two new platforms among the ten on display. The novelties are the Height Rider 15 Narrow LPG, the first LPG fuel version of the HR15N, which will now be capable of working fume–free indoors. Also recently introduced is the 4x4 version of the Height Rider 18 (HR18), an articulated boom “aimed squarely at the construction industry and an ideal tool for steel erection or similar tasks.”

Italian scissor specialist Iteco, meanwhile, fleshes out its new range of scissors with the launch of the IT 12151, a 14 m working height model drivable at full height, and the 1000 kg capacity IT 15230, a 16, 9 m working height diesel scissor. A “very new novelty”, however, is the IT 12180, a diesel or diesel–electric model with a working height of 14 m. Also new is the 6,5 m IT 4680 M, a scissor with a 0,36 m lateral deck extension, which looks like being a genuine innovation in the scissor sector.

One thing to look out for on the IPAF demonstration area is the European introduction of Bil–Jax's first CE–marked trailer mount. This model is the T–134/98, the metric equivalent of the 3632T, which has a maximum working height of 13,4 m and outreach of 9,8 m. This machine will be going on a demonstration tour after Bauma, including an appearance at the UK's SED show (see previewthis issue).

Other new trailer mounts will include Dinolift's new 120T, a simple, low–cost model that will replace the 105 and 125 models currently in production (see Dinolift interview in this issue). Notable features on this machine include an aluminium, one person basket and the ability to propel the platform from ground controls located at the rear of the unit.

Telehandlers will also be a much sought after item at Bauma. Liebherr's long–heralded entrance to the sector is one of the highlights here, although there will be plenty more to see on other stands, including Merlo, JCB, Genie, JLG, Caterpillar, Faresin, Kramer and Dieci. The latter, for example, will show the new Pegasus 60.16, powered by a Perkins 4 cylinder 106 kW diesel engine. Featuring 360° continuous rotation and four, hydraulically activated stabilisers, it is both an aerial platform and a crane. Maximum reach is 15.9 m with extendable arm, while maximum capacity is 6 t.

Bauma sees several rental software, fleet management and equipment tracking companies exhibit. InspHire will be co–exhibiting with its Netherlands company InspHire BV, and US rental management specialists SmartEquip and Qualcomm are also exhibiting. SmartEquip has been buoyed recently by the news that United Rentals is investing in its complete e–Procurement system, while Qualcomm is one of the foremost equipment tracking specialists.

For rental companies visiting the show there is the opportunity to meet some German and French counterparts – Loxam, MVS Zeppelin and Streif Baulogistik are all exhibiting at Bauma, as is the European Rental Association (ERA).

So, an awful lot to digest. Enjoy the meal!

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