Roller Homecoming

01 May 2008

The german town of sonthofen has made a gift of a 1952 vintage WDU 5 roller to the machine's manufacturer, BHS-Sonthofen, after a 53-year working life. The machine, thought to be one of only two still working, was used until recently for minor repair work by the municipality.

The company's archives show the machine has an operating weight of 6 to 8 tonnes and is powered by a 22 hp (16 kW) two cylinder diesel engine. Its three gear BHS planetary reducer gives it a maximum speed of 6,5 km/h in either forward or reverse. The WDU 5 was welcomed at the end of its final journey with a ‘welcome home’banner, a Bavarian brass band and a party of employees and guests.

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