Remote mission for Austria's first Genie S-65 Trax
By Euan Youdale27 November 2013
HBV Arbeitsbühnenvermietung has acquired the first Terex AWP Genie S-65 Trax self-propelled telescopic boom in Austria.
One of its first tasks was to carry out roof repairs on an isolated mountain chalet. Situated beyond the bounds of GPS navigation systems and inaccessible for construction equipment by road or track, the steep slopes and generally challenging environment required a machine that could reach the site and provide the stability and long outreach required.
“Before repairs could begin, due to restricted access, the machine had to be unloaded in a meadow lower down the valley. Our customer needed a unit that could be driven directly up a 45% incline without damaging the landscape, and that would also be safe to drive on uneven ground,” said Christoph Nussbacher, responsible for sales and consulting at HBV.
“The chalet was built into a hollow in the slope - a common practise here that serves as protection against winter winds, rain and snow. A fragile glass conservatory attached to the front of the building also demanded a machine equipped with a long boom that could extend far enough to reach the chalet’s gables, in addition to requiring our customer’s team to work with extra caution,” explained Mr Nussbacher.
The 21.8 m working height S-65 Trax was set at a maximum boom length of 17.1 m to reach over the hollow and conservatory extension. Use was also made of the machine’s patented Genie Trax track drive and oscillating axle system. “It would have been impossible to handle conditions like this using a conventional machine on tyres,” added Mr Nussbacher.
The Genie S-65 Trax is the largest of four Genie S-Series Trax boom lift models. Gradeability is up to 45% (24 degrees). The track drive and oscillating axle system combines a 30 degree front steer angle and four independent triangular rubber tracks swivel independently up to 22 degrees.