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Palfinger-Epsilon extends reach with new crane prototypes

At Elmia Wood Palfinger-Epsilon unveiled a prototype of its new Q-Series cranes for timber haulage trucks and revealed a new prototype S-Series boom specifically designed for forwarder OEM's.

Austria-based Epsilon Kran Gmbh, a wholly owned subsidiary of global material lifting and handling equipment compatriot Palfinger AG unveiled a prototype of its new Q-Series timber haulier crane at the Elmia Wood forestry trade show in Sweden.

The new Q-Series is based on the strengths of the its “NEXT EPSOLUTION” M-Series timber haulage cranes. It has the longest reach of its class at 11 metres, and its speed has been increased by 15 percent thanks to higher hydraulic pressure and new cylinders and is fitted with LED lighting.

In addition, the company also revealed a new prototype of its heavy-duty S-Series crane specifically designed for forwarders. It is a complete boom unit including the hydraulics, all ready for installation by forwarder OEM’s.

Palfinger’s prototype boom for forwarders shown in cross-section. All electric and hydraulic systems run inside the crane (photo courtesy Elmia).

Palfinger’s prototype boom for forwarders shown in cross-section. All electric and hydraulic systems run inside (photo courtesy Elmia).

Common to both prototypes is that they are fabricated out of high-tensile steel making the crane lighter than predecessor series, up to ten percent and eight percent respectively. However, another key feature in common is hydraulic hosing and electrical cables are built in, which in the case of the S-Series boom unit for the forwarder is a significant advantage as it reduces the risk of damage in the forest.

All the electrics and hydraulics run inside the crane. Nothing hangs outside but it’s easy to access all the cables and hoses if you need to replace anything, explained Markus Prenninger, Sales Manager at Palfinger.

It’s a pitch that has seemingly already been picked up on by forwarder OEM’s as Swedish forest machine manufacturer, Rottne Industri showcased several forwarder models at the show with the new Palfinger crane boom.

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