Realising the potential of the UK arable and livestock sectors, German loader manufacturer Kramer has announced three models specifically designed for the UK market.
Aiming squarely at the straw handling market is the KT429, capable of lifting 4.2 tonnes to 8.75 metres. This machine shares many components with the larger KT559, but sees the removal of the rear counter weight, and the fitting of lighter axles, engine and gearbox to weigh in some 1,000kg lighter than its big brother.
Andrew Dixon, dealer development manager for Kramer UK says; “We have a big demand from customers handling a lot of straw for a high reach, but lightweight machine to make stacks in fields without making too much mess.”
The heavy-duty chassis remains the same and features a boom cradle at the front of the machine to eliminate any twisting or bending of the boom during pushing duties. Mr Dixon describes this heavy-duty range as ‘telehandlers with wheel loader capability.’
Power comes from a 3.6-litre Deutz engine, producing 136hp, mated to a GKN manufactured hydrostatic transmission. Two transmission options are available, including the firms ecospeedPro system, said to allow for good controllability and high tractive force, with infinite adjustment up to 40kph. Partnered with the transmission, intelligent engine management sees engine speed reduce to 1,550rpm at maximum road speed, claimed to reduce fuel consumption and in cab noise.
Axles are sourced from Carraro. Kramer has been using these axles and transmission for some years now, and is said to be confident of their durability, from the Claas Scorpion days.
Full availability will be in spring 2019. List prices for the UK spec machine, which typically includes a pick-up hitch, air conditioning and 40kph transmission start at £143,044, but expect an ex-yard discounted price nearer £80,000. As strategic alliance partner to John Deere, the new loaders are to be sold through the firm’s dealerships throughout the UK.
Also new for 2019 is the compact KT407. Based on the smaller KT357, 230kg of extra weight has been put at the back of the machine. As the model number suggests this enables it to put four tonnes to seven metres.
The KT407 also features the 3.6-litre 136hp Deutz powerplant, mated to the firms ecospeed hydrostatic transmission.
The KT407 comes with several aids to keep operator fatigue and safety in check. For tasks such as stacking straw, or loading lorries with grain, Kramer has developed various modes including automatic boom retraction and a feature that keeps the load rising on a vertical line rather than an arc. Hydraulic flow is 140l/min.
As with all Kramer machines, a range of headstocks can be fitted, including Kramer’s four pin design, as well as JCB’s Q-fit and cone and pin. Price for this model starts at £125,900, but with discount will be nearer the mid-70s.
Also available in 2019 will be the KL55.8T. This telescopic wheel loader uses Kramer’s signature four-wheel steer, said to be more stable and manoeuvrable than a pivot steer, and is aimed directly at the likes of JCB’s TM320s and TM420 models and Manitous new MLA533.
It can hoist 4.2 tonnes to 5.2 metres and can be specified with either the 136hp Deutz engine or the 156hp 4.1-litre block also from Deutz. EcospeedPro transmission is also an option on this model. Hydraulic capacity is up to 180 l/min.
As the steering is done by turning the wheels rather than pivoting, which allows for three steering modes as found on a side boom machine. Kramer says because of this steering setup, maximum payload can be lifted even when at full lock.
Prices for this 10 tonne machine are yet to be announced.