German manufacturer Kramer, part of the Wacker Neuson group, has presented new telescopic handlers and wheeled loaders at a dealer and customer event at is factory in Pfullendorf, Germany.
New machines included additions to the company’s 5 Series economy all-wheel drive compact wheeled loader range. The new 5075, 5085, 5085T (where ‘T’ signifies a telescopic boom) and 5095 models featured bucket capacities from 0.75 m3 to 0.95 m3, boasting 55 kW engines that Kramer said offered 17% higher torque than previous models.
The Kramer 5 Series comprised seven models in total with bucket sizes from 0.35 m3 to 0.95 m3. A new cabin layout has also been developed across the range with a greater emphasis on comfort and ergonomics. Kramer said the new wheeled loaders would be available from March 2015.
Karl Friedrich Hauri, Kramer managing director, said the 5 Series machines were particularly well-suited to the rental market, with their simplified and robust designs.
“The Rental market is a very important customer segment for us,” he said. “It is also a growing customer segment, with different growth trends in terms of machinery depending on national cultures. The trend is for growth in both Eastern and Western Europe.”
The manufacturer also introduced its new premium series of wheeled loaders - formerly the 80 series, and now known as the 8 Series – which featured seven models from the 8075 (with a 0.75 m3 bucket capacity) to 8115 (1.15 m3).
The smallest 8075 premium model was powered by a 35 kW Yanmar engine, while the six larger models – the 8085, 8085T, 8095, 8095T, 8105 and 8115 were equipped with a 55 kW Deutz engine.
Kramer said around 10% lower fuel consumption could be achieved with this engine, compared to its previous set-up, as well as 17% higher torque.
The premium line machines offered high-performance Powerflow hydraulics as an option, as well as optional all-wheel, front-wheel or crab steering.
Meanwhile, the manufacturer’s latest telescopic handlers were also presented. These included the new 3007 and 3507 telehandlers with lifting heights of up to 7 m and payloads of 3 tonnes and 3.5 tonnes, and the new 4407, 5507 and 5509 models with lifting heights from 7 m to 9 m and payloads from 4.3 tonnes to 5.5 tonnes.
Kramer said the new models boasted all-wheel steering, among many other features, with tight turning radii from 3.75 m to 4.35 m.
Stage IIIB flexibility
All the new wheeled loaders and telescopic handlers met EU Stage IIIB exhaust emissions laws – the regulations that started coming into force in 2012.
A new set of even stricter off-highway diesel exhaust emissions laws, known as Stage IV, started to come into force at the beginning of 2014, but Mr Hauri said the company was taking advantage of European flexibility allowances to introduce the its new Stage IIB machines.
These legal provisions allowed manufacturers to continue to place a certain number of machines powered by older engines on the market.
“We are using the flexibility rules,” Mr Hauri said. “The emissions laws have placed a lot of strain on manufacturers – an enormous capital drain. The flexibility laws mean that we don’t have to offer Stage IV machines straight away.”