NZ Introduces First 24t Magni Telehandler

The new 24.11 fitted with customised forks in order to lift concrete pipes

Italian brand Magni has taken the telescopic handler industry by storm by producing some of the heaviest and most robust pieces of equipment since its inception in the year of 2013. The company has become the first choice for many construction organisations as they look for safer alternatives to using excavators for lifting loads that are too small for cranes.

The first 24 tonne Magni HTH 24.11 heavy-duty telehandler to come in New Zealand has been delivered to GAJV, a construction and infrastructure joint venture.

The 24.11, which was purchased through Magni dealer APS Equipment NZ, is now New Zealand’s largest telehandler, capable of lifting 14 tonnes to a maximum lift height of 10.50 metres or 7.2 tonnes to a maximum forwards reach of 5.5 metres. A Stage V Volvo engine, an RFID attachment recognition system and onboard diagnostics that displays the available lifting chart in real-time depending on the weight and attachment in use are the features.

The telehandler, which has a weight of 29.7 tonnes, will be used to unload and move concrete pipes with diameters of 2.5 and 2.8 metres as part of Watercare’s Central Interceptor project in Auckland. It came with a hook connection and a bespoke frame for the telehandler forks to protect the concrete pipe’s wall to prevent damage while being handled.

The new 24.11 is equipped with specially designed forks for lifting concrete pipes.

“GAJV has a very high focus on safety, thus the telehandler was chosen over a crane alternative so no one needed to climb onto the truck deck to secure or unsecure the loads as they arrived on-site with the pipes,” said Darren Boon, business development director at APS Equipment.

The largest telehandler in New Zealand next to a six metre/2.5 tonne Manitou MT 625

The Magni 24.11 telehandler also was the preferred option because of the safety features and the on-board diagnostics which show the position of the load in real-time making it easier and safer for the operator.”

GAJV is a joint venture between Ghella and Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure. Specialising in tunnel construction, it is currently responsible for delivering Watercare’s Central Interceptor which, once completed, will feature close to 20 kilometres of underground tunnels measuring up to 4.5 metres in diameter from Western Springs Grey Lynn to Watercare’s Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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