Haulotte has unveiled an all new 46ft all electric articulated boom lift, the Sigma 16 and Sigma 16 Pro (Sigma 46/Pro in North America).
The company says the machine is the result of a totally new ‘white paper’ design, and while some factors have a typical/classic Haulotte look, the configuration truly is all new.
The machine uses a dual arm sigma type over centre riser, topped by a two section telescopic boom and jib with 130 degrees of articulation. The jib on the Pro model also offers 110 degrees of horizontal rotation - 55 degrees either side of centre. Its working height is 16.1 metres and it has an unrestricted platform capacity of 230kg. The standard platform is 800m by 1.2 metres with the option of a 1.5 metre wide alternative. Dual side and front entrances are also available.
The long, horizontally stowed riser arms create something of a battering ram look at the front – but they provide a very useful 7.6 metres of up & over height when fully elevated, with zero tailswing or forward projection beyond the machine’s 1.75 metre overall width, while offering a perfectly vertical lift, from a height of two metres.
Maximum outreach at the 7.6 metre up & over height is 8.35 metres – 8.05 metres on the Pro due to the different configuration of its rotating jib. Lift speed from the ground to full working height is 90 seconds when operating two functions simultaneously. Overall stowed length is 6.6 metres, with an overall height of two metres. Slew is 355 degrees.
Drive is direct AC electric wheel motors powered by a 48 volt system with eight 435Ah six volt lead acid batteries. Haulotte’s Activ Energy Management manual or automatic top up system is available as an option. The Activ Screen with remote diagnostics is standard, while a new Sherpal real time telematics suite is optional. The control box is similar to that used on Haulotte’s RTJ range with the company’s Activ Shield secondary guarding system. Other features include the Activ Lighting System for safer work at night, especially when loading on a trailer.
So how does it stack up?
On the whole pretty good, in an increasingly competitive field. Most of its key performance related features are at or near the top of the class, such as outreach which is only topped by Niftylift’s HR15N – but it is a little short on all key height comparisons and is heavier – but narrower. When it comes to up & over height it is only topped by Dingli and Sinoboom, although the latter has less outreach. In terms of the overall width and weight combination Haulotte’s Sigma is class leading, as is the jib configuration on the Pro. Overall the specifications are as good or better than most of the machines that it will come up against.
The following video highlights the key features and benefits.
This is a another really good looking new model from Haulotte, packed with features, while the performance is first rate across the board.
Designing a brand new machine for a crowded marketplace is inevitably a compromise – the secret is selecting the combination of key performance criteria that hits the market’s sweet spot and appeals to the maximum number of buyers. Haulotte has done a very credible job indeed at reaching this point with this new model.