The payload-to-weight ratio of the Stepstar has been achieved through weight reductions in comparison with comparable vehicles, resulting in a higher payload of 1 t or more.
“With the Stepstar, haulage and construction companies now stand to benefit from significantly more efficient and economical utilization of their fleets,” says Rainer Auerbacher, head of transport technology, Goldhofer AG.For maximum service life, the new semi lowloaders are fitted as standard with rugged low-maintenance premium components, including low-maintenance axles and landing gear from BPW as well as tail support legs with convenient foot operation and automatic height adjustment, and an Ermax full LED lighting system for good vision and high visibility in the dark in bad weather. The high degree of standardization means that spare parts can be obtained quickly and easily if required.
The intelligent lashing system on the Stepstar semi lowloaders offers flexibility for securing loads in compliance with the most rigorous codes. It includes a large number of anchor points and lashing rings, not only on the frame but also in the excavator boom recess and on the gooseneck. In addition to Wader container pockets and drive-over recessed lashing lugs on the tail, the entire deck is also fitted with lashing rings (RUD Optilash Fix 10 t) that retract into the frame. As a special highlight, an optional extra is available in the form of pocket stakes on the gooseneck for form-fit load securing. Another useful accessory is the TraffideckGO deck covering, which combines enhanced load security with reduced lashing requirements.
Designed for flexible transportation to and from construction sites, the extra long and wide excavator boom recess on the Stepstar has no cross members and is open to the rear. This makes it possible to carry even bigger excavator booms while simultaneously reducing overall height, a big advantage on routes with height restrictions.
“The bottom line here is fewer hassles with permits and more cost-effective working,” says Robert Steinhauser, director-sales Europe / North Africa.
Loading and unloading are fast and simple operations as the new GoldhoferR semi lowloader comes with light and long ramps, which are suitable for almost all self-propelled cargos, with simple adjustment for increasing the width to 2,990 mm or sliding the ramps completely together. The advantages also include a low ramp angle and a ground-friendly lowering mechanism. The ramps, which can be retrofitted as required, also offer fast and easy mounting and removal for fuel savings on the return journey and flexible use within the Stepstar family.