Ranger to sell Giraf Track telehandlers

22 February 2010

Giraf Track TM lifting steel roof trusses into position.

Giraf Track TM lifting steel roof trusses into position.

UK access specialist Ranger Equipment has been appointed the dealer for Giraf Track in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Giraf Track is a crawler mounted telescopic handler from Belgium manufacturer TDL (Testcentrum De Ville). The machines are based on Caterpillar excavator tracks and a Merlo 16.0m telescopic boom, a combination, which is designed to provide the stability and all-terrain mobility, even when loaded, of an excavator crane with the flexibility of a telehandler.

Giraf Track is available with a range of work attachments including very large, high capacity platforms. The 16.5 t machine weight and a very low centre of gravity mean that no outriggers are required.

The Giraf Track can drive on steep inclines and can work on slopes up to 70 as standard or greater with the use of VBLADE slope compensation and anchoring blade

Customised baskets which provide extra capacity and space, plus rotation are designed for specific construction tasks. For example a 7 m - extending to 13 m - wide basket giving 500kg payload plus 250kg personnel capacity is designed for horizontal panel cladding, this can be quickly changed for a 2.5 m long basket with detachable overhead gallows and 500 kg winch, for vertical panel application. For glass and heavy panel installation, there is the option of a 2.5 m long basket equipped with an independently rotating, telescopic overhead lorry crane with 950 kg payload.

Other attachment options include pallet forks, winches, jibs and buckets, as well as more specialised attachments for underbridge inspection, rail and highways applications such as slope anchoring.

Giraf Track has a maximum lifting capacity of 3.8 t, maximum horizontal outreach of 16 m, and maximum working height with basket of 17.8 m (20 m with basket on jib). It is currently available as the GT580B model with standard base or model GT580-3C with driver cab, both operated by remote radio control.

Ranger Equipment's managing director, Steve Hadfield, said, "The Giraf Track fits Ranger's offering perfectly, adding another specialist high tech, high spec solution to our access portfolio. It takes us into applications where conventional access platforms have insufficient size and capacity, especially in the industrial, construction and utilities sectors."

Ranger Equipment also distributes Teupen tracked spiderlifts, Aichi tracked and wheeled boom lifts and scissors, as well as PB Lifttechnik industrial scissors.

The company is planning to show the Giraf Track at UK access and lifting show Vertikal Days in June.

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