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.
The boom operates in stages instead of in unison, as is the case with many rigid-chassis, two-stage telescopic boom loaders. The first part of the boom gives a lift height of 5.75m, the second stage only comes into play if it is required, to give the max height of 6.9m.
There are two engine power options for the 9380T, both options are from a water-cooled Deutz engine which is turbo-charged and features common rail fuel injection to develop 180 or 210hp (132 or 155kW). As standard, the engine cooling system is equipped with a reversing fan to facilitate trouble-free operation in dusty working conditions.
Matched to the engine is a hydrostatic transmission which Schaffer says has been designed specifically for the high demands of agricultural applications. This new STS or Schaffer Triple Speed transmission is, as the name suggests, a three-speed transmission and the firm says that changing between ranges is possible while travelling in forward or reverse and under load, without loss of traction force.
Two hydraulic motors provide the drive to the front and rear axles. When travelling at higher speeds along the road, one of the motors is disconnected automatically to save fuel. Top speed is 40km/h.
Visibility is naturally good on these types of machines where the cab is in the middle of the machine and the boom is centrally positioned. The firm claims that its 'SCV' cab (Silence/Comfort/View) is one of the most spacious and comfortable cabs in this sector. All hydraulic operating functions and the direction control are located on the adjustable, seat-mounted joystick. Air conditioning is standard on the 9380T.
Load-sensing hydraulics provide up to 195l/min of flow for boom and steering functions. The 9380T is equipped with 650/55R26.5 tyres, which are available in agricultural or industrial profiles.
Retail prices for the 9380T are €143,842 for the 180hp machine and €149,812 for the 210hp unit, all plus vat. For more information check out www.schaffer-loaders.co.uk or if you are going to Grassland and Muck 2011 you can see the loader on stand 409.