Dingli is to launch three new telescopic boom lifts, which take it towards the top end of the self-propelled boom lift market. They are the 112ft BT36RT, the 129ft BT41RT and 139ft BT44RT. The BT44RT has already completed its test programme and is enroute to Germany where it will be displayed on the Dingli stand at Bauma. The smaller derivatives are currently on test in China.
Each model is available in three power variants - Lithium all Electric, Hybrid with a range extender diesel generator and straight Deutz diesel - for a total of nine new models. Maximum outreach on the BT44 is 27.2 metres with 300kg in the platform, while the 454kg maximum capacity can go to 24.9 metres.
Until now the top end of the manufacturer’s range has been the 93ft BT30 models. The units were designed at its German R&D centre that opened in 2020 in co-operation with Teupen after it acquired a 24 percent stake in the German company. They also follow Dingli’s modular design concept first conceived by the Magni engineers at the Dingli Italian design centre and share concepts with the new link all electric models launched in 2020.
Features include a new swingout axle extension system that the company says can be carried out with the machine stationary without causing excessive tyre scrub. It takes the overall width from 2.45 metres to a maximum working width of 4.15 metres. Four wheel drive and steer is standard, and all units have been designed to be transported in standard containers, albeit with the standard wheels replaced with loading wheels. Total weight of the BT44RT is 22 tonnes depending on power source. Overall length with regular tyres installed is 11.93 metres with a stowed width of 2.45 metres and an overall height of 2.82 metres.
The BT44RT has a five section telescopic boom and heavy duty articulating 4.2 metre fixed length jib with 240 degrees of articulation, that looks like it has been conceived to take a telescopic inner section at a later date - possibly to create a 150ft model? Maximum platform capacity is 454kg.
A full comparison will be published in the next issue of Cranes & Access magazine.
Dingli has clearly looked at the two main competitors - the 135ft models from Genie and JLG - and a key feature might well be the fact that it can fit into a container? But it also offers a metre more working height, a competitive outreach and platform capacity and greater jib articulation. However the fact that a practical all-electric model is available could prove to be the winning fact for many buyers.
Demand for boom lifts of this size has been growing over the past year or two with more rental fleets extending into this market. 'The proof, of course, will be in the eating'.