Material handler Construction equipment
Material handlers are a lot like regular wheeled excavators. The biggest difference lies in the length of the boom. Their longer boom allows them to bridge larger height differences during loading/unloading. The cabin of most material handlers also has an adjustable height. This improves the visibility of the operator. The best-known material handler manufacturers are Sennebogen, Liebherr and Fuchs. BAS Machinery always has a large selection of material handlers of different brands and age in stock.
Brands and options
In addition to Sennebogen and Liebherr, Atlas, Fuchs and CAT also manufacture material handlers. They can be equipped with an extendable boom, outriggers a blade at the front or rear. Material handlers can have tires or tracks in combination with support legs. The length of the boom can also vary. Different types of buckets or grippers can be mounted depending on the work. An electromagnet can also be used to move metal easily.
What are material handlers used for?
Material handlers are obviously most suitable for material handling activities. An example of this is loading/unloading raw materials onto an inland vessel. Material handlers are also widely used by recycling companies. Thanks to their long boom, the bucket can reach much further than a regular excavator. The adjustable cab also gives the operator considerably better visibility.
Types of chassis
Material handlers can have different types of undercarriages. Each type of undercarriage is better suited for certain work environments. The most important types of undercarriages are: street tires, tracks or a fixed chassis. In the recycling industry (e.g. a waste collection facility) a machine must work in different places. Tires allow the machine to move around quickly. Tracks on the other hand are suitable for places where mobility is less important. Material handlers are also widely used in ports or on ships. Here the machine does not need to move, which is why a fixed chassis is ideal as it is the cheapest.
How much does a (used) material handler cost?
The price of a material handler varies greatly due to the large variation in motorization and types. An old machine is also obviously cheaper than a brand-new unit. BAS Machinery always has a large selection of material handlers of different brands, types and age in stock. You can buy a used material handler from BAS starting at €65,000. The price of a new unit is a lot higher, with an average price tag of around €250,000.