English - Nooteboom Giants on the Road Magazine English - Nr. 5 - 2018 - Page 39
Nooteboom has developed special ‘Heavy Duty’ ramps to load these
machines, weighing up to 80 tonnes, onto the load floor. Each of these
ramps separately can take a wheel load of 20 tonnes. The technical axle
load of a 6-axle extendible Manoovr semi low-loader, type MPL-97-
06(VU), is 75.5 tonnes. With these latest ramps the load capacity can be
used to the full.
Due to the clever design and shape of the ends of the ramps there is a
slope of just 10 degrees, which makes it much easier to drive the load on
and off the trailer.
THE 80-TONNE RAMPS
The maximum permissible weight of the 6-axle extendible Manoovr semi
low-loader with excavator trough differs per country. In the Netherlands
the rated load capacity is 75.5 tonnes at 80 km/h. In Germany, with a
§ 70 StVZO exemption, this is two tonnes less due to the restriction of
35 tonnes for a 4-axle tractor in Germany, resulting in a fifth wheel load
of only 23 tonnes instead of 25 tonnes. With a Category 3 exemption this
is 75.5 tonnes in France, the same as in the Netherlands.
FLOOR LOAD CAPACITY MANOOVR WITH
The load floor of the Manoovr is stronger than the floor of any
other semi low-loader. The extendible main beam of the Manoovr
is calculated per vehicle for the maximum load capacity. The
platform of the Manoovr can take extremely heavy loads and the
rear of the trailer can on each side be driven over or loaded with a
load of up to 30 tonnes. The coloured fields in the drawing above,
taken from the Manoovr manual, show the driver exactly what the
permissible load is in the various areas.
To make it possible to load these machines that can weigh up to
80 tonnes safely and efficiently onto the Manoovr semi low-loader,
Nooteboom has developed these Heavy Duty ramps and has also made
the rear of the Manoovr extra strong. On the left and right-hand side of
the excavator trough the floor can be loaded with 30 tonnes - 60 tonnes
in total. This on a surface of just 30 x 30 centimetres! Heavy Duty hydrau-
lic landing legs can be mounted underneath the rear of the trailer. These
also have a bearing capacity of 30 tonnes each, so 60 tonnes in total.
Here are a few examples of types of machines from the extensive
Caterpillar range that can be transported easily with the Manoovr semi
low-loader with excavator trough. Take the 336F, 352F and the heavy
374F. Until a few years ago the 39-tonne 336F was a standard load for a
semi low-loader. This machine is 3.16m high - up to the roof of the cab.
The total height was less than 4.20 metres. With a weight of 51 tonnes
the 352F is quite a bit heavier. Because this type is 3.37m high -up to
the roof of the cab - it is not possible to keep within the 4.25 height limit
if an older type of semi low-loader is used. Due to the low load floor the
Manoovr semi low-loader can transport this Caterpillar with ease. Even
with the widest tracks this machine will stay below 3.50 metres. Perfect
for a ‘normal’ 100-tonne annual exemption. But a Manoovr can even
carry machines that are much heavier than that. The Caterpillar 374F is
a mighty machine that weighs 73 tonnes. Thanks to the wide excavator
trough the 6-axle Manoovr can also load this machine and transport it,
while previously a 4-axle pendle axle low-loader and 2-axle were needed.
This shows how much progress has been made.
Innovation is often found in small changes. The new ramps, the ex-
tra-strong rear of the load floor and the hydraulic Heavy Duty landing
legs: they make the Manoovr with excavator trough the new benchmark
in this category. The new ramps are available for the 4-axle, 5-axle and
6-axle Manoovr with an excavator trough. ■