Ridgeons invests in Baumann sideloaders14 December 2018
Ridgeons Timber and Builders Merchants has improved efficiency by upgrading its fleet with Baumann sideloaders.
The move comes after independent builders merchants Huws Gray completed an acquisition of the business (TTJ November 2018).
The handling fleet now includes two new Baumann GX50 sideloaders, complete with the Archimedes outreach system, ensuring fine control for the operator. Hydraulic cylinders traditionally drive a sideloader outreach system (the method by which the forks reach out to the load and return it to the load bed) by applying pressure to opposing rollers that slide along their respective channels, in a pantograph-style mechanical linkage.
The new Baumann GX Series utilises the direct drive Archimedes screw and sliding blocks, to extend the fork carriage, whilst preventing horizontal movements and eliminating unnecessary stresses. Baumann UK general manager, Mark Bann says the GX is a good fit for the Ridgeons.
“The operation here is great, with very well set out cantilever racking and a big site with long runs, which the GX50 is superb at,” he said.