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Bobcat + Boomlader - the perfect combo - Page 2 of 2

With the boom in the retracted position, at a maximum working height of 8 m, all movements of the Boomlader (including the jacking process) can be controlled directly from the working cage. It is easy to handle, saves time, reduces costs, and increases overall efficiency. All users, including the inspection team, can take full advantage of these enormous benefits.

It is also important that the telescopic handler’s multifunctional features are not compromised. Because of the quick release feature of the Bobcat system, the working cage can be detached in minutes and replaced with a fork or bucket, also included in the package.

In transport position, the working cage measures 2.53 m in width. At the jobsite, it can be extended to 4.2 m. The working cage can rotate 180° regardless of the extended width. It has a 320 kg load capacity – enough for three workers and tools. The Hetronic controls allow the Boomlader’s movement, steering, and boom movements to be controlled proportionately with the greatest of ease.

Breakdown for delivery

The Boomlader was delivered to the Unterbreizbach mine and put into operation at the beginning of this year.

Before the Boomlader could begin service however, Meis had to overcome a major hurdle. Because of its size, the telescopic handler could not be brought underground fully assembled The supply shaft was too small. Several components of the machine had to be lowered into the mine shaft separately and then assembled underground. After assembly, the machine was tested and put into operation.

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After only a few weeks of operation, users had already noticed the clear and obvious advantages. It is fast and safe, which greatly increases overall efficiency and minimizes operational costs.

With the boom lifted, inspectors can manoeuvre the telescopic handler from one hole to another, from anchor bolt to anchor bolt, without jacking. The tunnels are usually no more than 4 – 5 m in height. For greater distances, the operator in the cab can drive the telescopic handler rapidly in its base position. The unit in the Unterbreizbach mine is also being used for many other purposes.

Additional assignments include: repair and maintenance of cranes in the underground workshop, changing fluorescent lights, and installing mine safety nets in the roof above common areas.

In addition to the roof safety division, electrical engineers have now also shown an interest in its capabilities. Supply lines will need to be laid in the tunnels and electricians can now get the job done in the fastest, safest, and most efficient way possible. The supply lines are usually fitted in fixed cable ducts at the top of the tunnel walls.

Currently, the Boomlader is available for the Bobcat T40140 and T40170 models. Contractors World understands that the modifications are approved by Bobcat, but, with the modification, the warranty with Boomlader.

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