Lamma always manages to provide food for thought and its array of loading machines and transport equipment will fire your logistics imagination.
Representing a complete redesign of the firm’s key models, Schaffer showed its latest 6680 T mid-size articulated loader.
With an operating weight of 5.6- 6.3 tonnes, the new 6680T is designed for tasks such as bale stacking at higher levels and loading large mixer wagons.
The firm’s High Traction Force drive system (HTF) uses a high-performance variable displacement pump with a higher operating pressure and improved efficiency - top speed is 35kph.
Power is supplied by a new-generation Stage 3b-compliant 75hp Deutz turbo diesel engine, using a diesel oxidation catalyst to eliminate the need for a diesel particle filter.
Maintenance-free articulated steering gives an inner turning circle of 1.75m, and the rear oscillating axle improves ground following and stability.
Maximum lifting height is 4.9m and the telescopic arm contains ‘Ferro-Form’ sliding elements said to be low-wearing and low maintenance.
The 6880T uses the ‘SCV’ (Silence / Comfort / View) cabin also used on the company’s the larger models and an optional higher version is also available.
Manitou Group previewed the Gehl 650 (pictured) and Mustang 708 articulated loaders, part of a four-model range to be launched in 2016.
The loaders are powered by Stage 3b compliant Yanmar 52hp and Deutz 55 63hp engines and are the largest models in the Gehl range. Weighing in at 4-5 tonnes, the Gehl 650 and Mustang 708 feature a digital instrumentation display, Power-A-Tach attachment system and a hand throttle as well newly designed canopy and cab operator stations.
Designed for demanding farm environments, the loaders are equipped with steel hydraulic tubing, a reversing fan, and heavy duty fenders. Options include high-flow auxiliary hydraulics and LED work lights.
Using selective catalytic reduction and external exhaust gas recirculation, all JCB Loadalls now meet Stage 4 emission standards.
Having planed the migration to cleaner emissions for a while, JCB has managed to lose the large, obtrusive diesel oxidation catalyst, which once stuck out the rear of the engine bay, and brought the whole clean-up system under the bonnet.
Bonnet dimensions do not change, and visibility to the right rear corner is much improved.
In addition to cleaner engines, joystick control is now mounted on the seat, allowing it to move with the operator.
Improving cycle times is a regenerative boom which lowers using gravity, rather than being driven down by hydraulics. Also included in the boom is end dampening.
Auxiliary venting is now standard, which allows pressure to be ‘dumped’ out of the auxiliary service lines, without having to switch off the engine.
Merlo continues to upgrade its telehandlers, and the latest arrival is the Turbo Farmer 30.9.
Taking styling cues from its larger brothers, the TF30.9 offers a three-tonne 9m lift capability, in a package that measures 2.24m high and 2.1m wide.
Power comes from a side-mounted, 120hp Deutz four-cylinder engine, driving all four wheels through a 40kph hydrostatic transmission. The TF30.9 features Eco Power Drive (EPD), which allows engine revs to be preset using a rotary dial. Once set, revs increase automatically with joystick inputs – releasing the joystick sees revs return to idle.
It is a system that enables the traditional throttle pedal to be used as a drive pedal, and as a result, Merlo claims a fuel efficiency increase of up to 18 per cent compared to traditional drivelines.
Merlo’s TF30.9 costs £67,500.
Kramer’s switch to a Kohler engine for compact telehandlers has brought about an engine warranty that extends to four-years, or 4,000-hours.
The 75hp four-cylinder power unit is being installed in the firm’s new 2706, a compact handler developed to replace the outgoing 2506 model.
While the new handler continues with the same chassis, cab and boom as its predecessor, but brings an increased lift capacity of 2.7 tonnes - up from 2.5 tonnes.
The cab benefits from a revised interior, and an uprated hydraulic system now delivers a flow rate of 110 litres/min, up from 80 litres.
Expect the Kramer 2706 to be priced from £43,000 when production starts in Spring 2016.
Bobcat showed the new TL358+ Agri and TL470HF Agri telehandlers, designated as premium versions for the agricultural market.
Both models are powered by Deutz TCD 3.6 L4 Stage 3b engines delivering 100hp and feature a 40kph transmission and 24inch tyres.
Maximum lift capacity of the TL358+ Agri model is 3t with a maximum lift height of 5.88m, while the TL470HF gets a maximum lift capacity of 3.5 tonnes and a lift height of 7m.
Cab comforts include air suspension seat, deluxe steering wheel and armrest, plus a roof window wiper and sun visor.
Versatility is increased with trailer brake valve, drawbar coupler tow hitch, front tow hitch and rear electric socket options.
JCB showed the latest Loadall 525-60 Agri Plus compact telescopic handler with a new Shear Grab, part of the improved JCB Agri Attachments range.
Available for the 525 to 541 series Loadalls, the shear grabs feature Hardox or KV tines and Hardox wear blades plus a heavy duty table.
The 525-60 Loadall has a heavy duty dual-speed hydrostatic transmission with Vari-speed option (forward speed independent from engine speed), 6m lift height and improved visibility to the rear three-quarters due to the low engine hood and boom pivot.