Austrian transport and lifting specialist Felbermayr recently added a new Scania P 450 5-axle truck to its fleet. The company, which offers moving and lifting services for out-of-the-ordinary tasks, will use the truck in conjunction with a Ruthmann Sky platform, which offers a maximum reach of 42 metres and a maximum height of 90 metres.
Felbermayr has already used the truck for a few select jobs that it is uniquely qualified for, including wind turbine repair and servicing petrochemical facilities, and so far the firm’s drivers are happy with the vehicle’s performance. Felbermayr driver Stephan Lux says, “The first impressions of the vehicle are absolutely positive, and the driving characteristics of the Scania P 450 are also great.”
Fulfilling A Need
The Scania truck and Ruthmann Sky platform are a powerful combination; the truck can perform jobs that would otherwise require specialized equipment and transport permits. Felbermayr is able to bypass the permit process because the Scania P 450 is a road-approved truck.
“We already have about 2,600 work platforms in our fleet, but we were still looking for a solution with a higher lateral reach,” says Thomas Daxelmüller, manager of Felbermayr’s facility in Lanzendorf, Austria. “With the Ruthmann telescopic boom, it is not only possible to achieve better rigidity, but to also save weight. This is the first time that a platform with a similar performance has been mounted on a vehicle with a 48-tonne maximum gross weight. With Scania, we have found the right partner as it is the only manufacturer of a five-axle chassis delivered directly from the factory.”