Schaffer targets artic expansion
German firm to extend latest telehandler to the Irish and British marketsSchaffer targets artic expansion
Published 03/05/2011 | 05:00
Visitors to the Grassland and Muck event in England later this monthwill see perhaps one of the highest capacity artic steer telescopic handlers launched on to the market. German firm Schaffer manufactures a broad range of artic steer telehandlers and shovels. Most of these would tend to be smaller machines in both shovel and telescopic configuration.
The demand for larger machines in the very early days of artic steer telescopic handlers was largely filled by Matbro, with Sanderson, Manitou, JCB and Redrock all developing machines for this niche market. Currently, JCB is the only manufacturer to still offer this type of machine, with Manitou having exited the market a couple of years ago only to stick its toe back in recently with the purchase of the design rights of the Redrock machine. We saw the Manitou redeveloped Redrock machine at the recent FTMTA Show in Punchestown.
Originally previewed to the public at Agritechnica back in 2009 to gauge reaction, the 9380T is only coming to the market now, and with increased capacities and engine power since the preview machine. The traditional market for this type of telehandler has always been in Britain and Ireland, with demand elsewhere being small. This appears to be changing though, with the introduction of the German-designed and manufactured Schaffer pivot steer telehandler.
James Ashworth is the business development manager for Schaffer loaders in Britain and Ireland for importers Cyril Johnston & Co Ltd in Northern Ireland. Mr Ashworth says the machine has been developed for large-scale farming and contractors.
Outside of regular farming activities, he adds: "There has been a big demand in Germany for this type and size of telehandler in the biogas plant sector for handling maize. Germany is leading the field in biogas facilities, which has driven demand. There has also been a demand among recycling operations as well for this type of loader."
Weighing in at 15t, the new Schaffer 9380T has a tipping capacity of about five tonnes, according to the firm. In comparison to rigid chassis, four-wheel steer telescopic loaders, the artic steer machines have always lagged behind in terms of reach and reach height because of the much shorter front-mounted boom.
Schaffer has addressed this by fitting a two-stage telescopic boom to their 9380T giving it a lift height of 6.9m.