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Executive Report : Bauma beckons
This year’s Bauma construction equipment exhibition in Munich will be bigger than ever. Nick Johnson gives a glimpse of some machine launches relevant to EHN readers.
Whilst the annual Executive Hire Show is obviously the must-attend event for hire professionals in the UK, the world exhibition for construction equipment is Bauma, held in Munich every three years. Running from 6-14 April, this massive event will see 3,500 exhibitors from 60 countries occupy 614,000m2 at the city’s exhibition centre, 9,000m2 more than 2016.
Amongst a new generation of quiet, fume-free electric machines on show will be the production version of Bobcat’s 1.0-tonne E10e. This zero tail swing (ZTS) mini excavator has a maintenance-free Lithium-Ion battery pack and an advanced management system.
Volvo plans to unveil an electric-hydraulic mini (together with an electric-hydraulic compact wheel loader) as the first stage of its plan to introduce a range of electric compact machines. Also tipped to be showing a new electric mini is Komatsu, with a 3.0-tonne prototype from Japan likely to be revealed.
Doosan will launch new Stage V emission-compliant minis. Fitted with Kubota diesel engines, they comprise the 2.7-tonne DX27z and 3.5-tonne DX35z zero tail swing models made in the Czech Republic.
Hyundai will highlight its 1.0-tonne HX10A mini and the 8.5-tonne HX85A CR midi excavator which has a Stage V engine. Two next-generation midis will be shown by Kobelco: the 7.5-tonne class SK75SR-7 with a fixed monobloc boom or offset boom, and the 8.5-tonne class SK85MSR-7 with either a swing monobloc boom or two-piece boom.
Kubota will introduce its new 3.7-tonne KX037-4 mini. Featuring a Stage V compliant engine, a roomier cab and a digital display panel, it replaces the KX101-3α4, the last of the old-style designation models.
Yanmar Construction Equipment Europe will preview its ViO23-6 zero tail swing mini. To be made in Japan, this 2.3-tonne machine will fill a gap between the ViO17 and ViO26-6. It should be available from October 2019.
A new, and significantly larger, compact wheel loader called the 860i will be launched by Avant Tecno. Weighing around 2,550kg with ROPS safety frame, it provides a maximum capacity of 1,900kg and a lift height of up to 3.5m. The machine has a Stage V Kohler KDI 1903 TCR common rail turbocharged diesel engine rated at 42.0kW (57hp).
The Dutch machinery maker Tobroco-GiANT will present its first fully electric loaders, the G2200E and G2200E X-TRA, each with a 48V Lithium-ion battery pack and two separate electric motors. The G2200E provides a maximum lifting height of 2.85m and capacity of 1,650 kg, whilst the X-TRA variant can lift 2,200kg, with a maximum lift height of 2.45m. This manufacturer will also show a new G1500 X-TRA compact wheel loader that has a Stage V 19.0kW (26hp) Kubota diesel engine and four Poclain hydraulic wheel motors. Tipping load capacity is 1,663kg.
Ausa is expected to highlight its progress in developing an electric version of its 1.0-tonne capacity high-tip D100AHA compact site dumper. However, its big Bauma reveal will be the new 10-tonne payload DR1001AHG articulated site dumper with a reversible seat and controls. Scheduled to become available later this year, there will be a fully enclosed cab option.
Amongst eco-friendly initiatives from Hinowa will be an electric version of its 700kg-payload HS701 tracked mini dumper. The HS701E utilises a 48V, 200Ah Lithium battery and two CTE2010
48V DC traction motors. The machine weighs 590kg and is 750mm wide.
For buyers of lightweight tandem vibrating rollers, Mecalac will reveal its new-generation TV1200. This machine does not have a steering wheel, with all movements controlled by a single joystick. Losing the traditional steering column and angling the sides of the superstructure on the front frame has helped improve the view to the front drums and aid operator access.
Bomag will show a new LPG-powered version of its 1,200mm drum width BW120AD-5 lightweight tandem roller. The company will also highlight a new cab and heated seat option for its 1,380mm drum width BW138AD-5 tandem roller.
Light compaction equipment on the Ammann stand will include a new line of APH hydrostatic vibratory plate compactors with ACE compaction technology and triple-shaft exciter systems.
Atlas Copco will launch a new Lithium-ion battery-powered LED lighting tower. The HiLight Z3+ pallet light has four 160W LEDs carried atop a telescopic vertical mast that extends up to a maximum operating height of 8.0m.
The German compressor maker Kaeser, which celebrates its corporate centenary this year, will introduce a new M59 two-tool portable air compressor. Fitted with a Stage V Hatz engine, this 177cfm machine replaces the M50.
Doosan Portable Power (DPP) will show the new 7/53R portable compressor. This 177cfm machine can be supplied with either a steel canopy or a ‘Tough Top’ polymer version.
A new electrically powered micro scissor lift will be introduced by Genie. Designated the GS1330m, it weighs 885kg and offers a capacity of 227kg on its platform, which provides a maximum working height of 5.9m. The 780mm-wide machine incorporates the Genie Smart Link control system. •