Baumann launches largest sideloader ‘in history’

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Sideloader manufacturer Baumann has unveiled the GXS500, its new 50 tonne capacity model and the largest of its kind in the world. 

The GXS500 was delivered to fruit concentrates company Austria Juice earlier this year and launched at a gala celebration of Baumann’s 50th anniversary.

Designed to carry 40ft containers using inverted forks and a specially modified spreader beam, the sideloader also features a raised cabin to see over the top of containers, which tilts and angles forward to sit in front of the main deck. The technique was first used in Baumann’s GXS200 range and has proved extremely useful for providing clear views with and without loads.

Austria Juice turned to Baumann through their partners Kalmar Austria GmbH when traditional container handling methods proved unsuccessful. With space restricted and load capacities increasing, the company had discussed the sideloader option for a number of years before the final specification was agreed in 2018.

“This is the biggest sideloader that’s ever been made,” says Baumann technical director, Riccardo Bove. “Any machine this size comes with its own unique challenges. The total weight of the machine is in excess of 72 tonnes, the mast alone is 18 tonnes. That said, the basic design and specification of the truck is something that we are very familiar with and follows the same design principles of our existing ranges.”

As well as the new 50 tonnes machine, Baumann unveiled a new production hall and other additions to its recently launched GX range. The company discussed the trend towards electric models as well as an increase in the average capacities in the sideloader.

“We invited guests from across the world to celebrate with us and discover the latest developments at Baumann,” said managing director, Dr Klaus Pirpamer. “We are constantly striving to deliver high quality sideloaders and despite working in a relatively niche market, we have grown dramatically each decade. It’s fantastic to share our success with so many friends and colleagues.”

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