Chinese aerial lift manufacturer Dingli, has upgraded its 11.2 metre, mast boom with the introduction of the new AMWP11.5-8200AC.
The company shipped the first units of the current AMWP11.5-8100 mast boom in 2014 and has sold a good number of them in the nine years since then.
The AMWP11.5-8200AC looks very similar and appears to be the same structurally, with the same one metre overall width and 1.99 metre overall height, but it is 100mm shorter when stowed, although that is perhaps within the margin of error? The three metres of outreach at an up & over height of just under eight metres, 200Kg platform capacity and 345 degrees of slew remain unchanged. The overall weight is - on paper 20kg heavier than the old model at 2,970kg – but once again within the margin for error.
The key differences include full sealed AC electric motor wheel drive, compared to DC direct drive on the old machine, it also features maintenance free batteries. Other changes include a slightly larger platform at 690mm x 930mm compared to 620mm by 870mm, a full height entry gate for east access to the platform and faster lift and lower speeds – 42 seconds up/38 seconds down, compared to 70 and 60 seconds on the old model. The fork lift loading pockets have also been changed to dedicated brackets on the top of the chassis, rather than simply placing the forks under the chassis, allowing dramatically improved/safer fork lifting.
The current 11.2 metre model has been a success for Dingli, and perhaps played a part in expanding the mast boom market. Whether that extra 1.2 metres of lift height compared to the offerings from Haulotte, JLG and Manitou is required is debatable but there are few, if any trades offs involved and the price is likely to be similar.