WASTE handling systems developer Boughton Engineering has announced what it describes as “a completely new range of skip loaders”, to be known generically as Power-Reach®.
The new skip loader is claimed to be the result of the first comprehensive ground-up design review for more than twenty years in this product category. And the package incorporates a fully integrated and patented automatic sheeting system, known as Intacova®. Both products will be available with a range of contract maintenance and service support packages.
Major emphasis has been placed on improving functionality, safety and serviceability in what is described as one of the most hostile operating environments in the transport industry. Significant features include extendable reach – the ability to lift from below ground level – and completely redesigned hydraulics.
The basic skip loader unit incorporates a forward sloping scow-shaped front bulkhead with the Intacova® auto-sheeter home position stowage tray mounted at the top, between optional guard protected work lamps. The floor of the skip unit incorporates multi-position asymmetric bin stops and guides both forward and across the width, to significantly improve bin location and stability in transit. The floor area also incorporates removable access panels for improved maintenance and access to key components such as the valve chest.
The rear of the skip loader has been significantly shortened compared to conventional designs, to aid manoeuvrability and reduce overhang. The assembly itself is a bolted construction to improve access for servicing and repair, and to provide simplified mounting options for the installation of towing hitches, rear-facing cameras and other equipment. This protected but serviceable approach has been carried through into the standard light cluster, with appropriate protective guards. The entire hydraulics system has been completely redesigned and simplified. The new generation controls are said to represent a step-change in ergonomics and operability, says Broughton.