We are delighted to be supplying bespoke versions of our latest side loader forklift for use by safety barrier installers on UK motorways.

At one time, eagle-eyed MHE spotters were used to seeing sideloaders alongside motorway maintenance crews. Baumann sideloaders have the unique ability to manage long loads over uneven ground and long distances. The safety feature makes them highly suitable to the task.

“We are especially pleased to be working with our distributors,” says Baumann UK managing director, Mark Bann.

“They helped us identify opportunities with leading barrier providers. A host of modifications make these GX70 trucks ideal for the job. Front and rear camera systems, advanced joystick controls and high reflective decals are ideal. We also know they offer the best levels of control, comfort and productivity on the market.”

Baumann GX SideloaderWith changes in motorway technology, the sight of a side loader forklift has become less common.

Special attachments for barrier handling enables installers to once again get the benefit from these high specification machines.

Side loader forklift wih VRS is UK First

These new Baumann models are amongst the UK’s first 7 tonnes capacity trucks to include Variable Reach System (VRS). VRS builds on our award-winning Archimedes outreach method, adding further control and durability for demanding applications.

Baumann’s first prototype of the earlier direct drive Archimedes screw was developed in 2011. It featured a sliding blocks method of extending the fork carriage.

The first UK deliveries occurred in 2015. The worm gear system was the first major development in side loader forklift outreach design in over 40 years.

Well received by customers, it allows highly accurate control and the maximum working speeds. Unnecessary stresses and power demands are eliminated, with overall truck productivity improved.

A bespoke valve block, modified chassis and additional guide bar to increase inertia resistance provided further benefits.

Baumann doubled the Archimedes spindle thread size and corresponding number of bearings. The pressure required between the two is therefore halved. The result it even greater accuracy and the ability to seal the spindle head to prevent contamination.

The new range also features changes to the chassis, Tier 4 Deutz TCD 3.6 diesel engines, automatic deck levelling, refined ergonomic cabins and new joystick controllers, offering what the company believes to be the highest levels of durability, productivity and control in the market.