Worldwide attention will be focused on the Hammar stand when the first of a completely new type of sideloader custom-built trailer will be unveiled at THE Expo at Mystery Creek next March.
Details are still mostly secret, but Hammar New Zealand boss, Fred Sandberg, has provided some early information.
“We’ve been looking at a particular development of the very successful ‘step-over’ technology on our 155 model with a view to saving tare, but without reducing the 36-tonne lifting capacity or strength and durability that the Hammar is so well known for,” he says.
“All our customers love the combination of the Swedish quality and New Zealand workmanship with Hammar sideloaders, because they perform in all conditions over a much longer timeframe than typical competitors. The ability to carry significantly more weight, without reducing the quality and performance, will be the icing on the cake for them.”
Sandberg says people will be surprised at the tare of the new model when the covers are lifted in March, however it will still be a strongly built Hammar sideloader.
The new model will be just one of many interesting exhibits on the Hammar stand at THE Expo. There will be a complete line-up of sideloader models to highlight the comprehensive range and versatility of Hammar in the New Zealand market. These will include Hammar 130, 155 and 195 models that are very popular with many transport operators in New Zealand and Australia, along with the Hammar 140 ‘ClipOn’ model.
Demand for Hammar sideloaders has increased significantly and the company has extended operations in its Takanini workshop recently to increase production capacity.
“We are looking at investing in even more production capacity to help satisfycustomer demand,” adds Sandberg. “And for those who are desperate to own a Hammar, we can provide loan trailers with reasonable notice.”
Each Hammar sideloader model sold in New Zealand comes with a cable remote control as standard, and a radio remote control is also available. The operation is described as being very smooth, thanks to the advanced hydraulics and electronics, with a soft landing to ensure containers and any delicate cargo are not damaged.
Hammar builds only sideloaders and its concentration on making the very best products has seen it become the world leader, selling into more than 110 countries. New Zealand is just one of six countries outside of Sweden where Hammar manufactures its sideloaders locally from Swedish and New Zealand-made components.