Baumann’s new sideloader cabin boosts visibility
01 March 2017
The panoramic cabin has been introduced by Italian manufacturer Baumann as standard for its award-winning range of sideloaders.
Following two years of trials and six months of rigorous testing, the cabin has been redesigned to strengthen the framework, simplify access and allow central side struts to be removed.
“Our previous cab improved visibility to the front corners but our continuous development ethos meant we still aimed to improve,” says managing director, Klaus Pirpamer. “The continuous glass side panel on the new cabin now means the driver’s view has been significantly improved from both sides. Access is more open and the response from operators and owners has been superb.”
Changes in materials and advances in toughened glass also allowed the Italian sideloader manufacturer to reconfigure the panoramic glass panel on the new cabin. An extremely thorough testing process requires major structural improvements, such as new cabins to be tested to destruction, with the results held in storage for at least a decade.
“The new design was tested by applying large amounts of pressure to the roof,” explains UK managing director at Baumann, Jason Reynolds. “The aim was to provide an improved view and outstanding protection without sacrificing the build quality and durability that the brand is renowned for. Operators can spend the majority of their shift inside the cab, unlike perhaps forklift operators, who are more likely to be off and on, so getting the interior right is a must.”
For the majority of the range the cabin will be standard in the UK. It’s also available as an option on the smaller, three and four tonnes machines.
The 2016 FLTA Innovation award winner produces equipment up to 50 tonnes capacity.