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Cooper to make debut in materials handlers

Cooper Specialised Handling in the British Isles has announced its entry into the mainstream materials handler market with the launch of the Sany SMH48WG5 range of material handlers.

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Sany already supplies Cooper SH with a range of mobile port equipment, including reach stackers and empty handlers.


“Sany is the be the world’s largest manufacturer of excavators, producing more than 100,000 units annually, which represents one in every six excavators sold in the world,” stated Cooper SH. “Sany moved last year from seventh to fifth position in the famed yellow table of global construction machinery manufacturers.”


The new materials handler entry model consists of a nominal 48t machine and is available in wheeled or tracked versions, with a 30t model expected to follow in 2021.


The SMH48WG5 is powered by a Cummins 8.9-litre Euro Stage V engine developing 252 kw @ 1,800 rpm and, importantly, 1,526 Nm of torque @ 1,400 rpm.


Drive is through a Dana 360 hydrostatic transmission which powers through prop-shafts to Dana front and rear axles. All hydraulic pumps are sourced from Kawasaki.


A key feature of the new range as it enters this highly competitive market is the physical size, with a smaller wheelbase than other machines in the same capacity range. Cooper SH said this size does not impact on its capacity and, indeed, the capacity is claimed to be greater than its peers.


“Importantly, the new Sany machine provides, as standard, a variable steering platform allowing the operator to select from either front, wheel steering, rear wheel steering or all four wheels orientating in opposite directions for maximum manoeuvrability,” said Cooper SH.


“Crab, or diagonal, steer is available for times of extreme need and the machine is configured with two-speed drive for precise movement. There is no steering wheel with all steering modes preselected by push button and joystick steer control as standard.”


Chris Barnes, sales director of Cooper SH, commented: “We are delighted to launch this new range which opens up a whole new market involved in scrap, recycling and aggregate industries.


“These machines have significant heritage based on huge experience in the global excavator market with the backing of huge manufacturing facilities and using mainline and globally respected key components.


“The fact that it is a large capacity unit, with a small wheelbase is further enhanced with a choice of steering modes will offer arguably the greatest size and manoeuvrability package in its class on the market today.


“This addition to our range is fully complementary and an extension to our range of Mantsinen equipment that start at 60-tonnes all the way through to 400t-plus. However, we will continue to differentiate the Mantsinen machines as hydraulic cranes rather than mainstream materials handlers.”


The new range is available from February 2021 and Cooper SH advised that the business model will be one of its ordering stock machines, thus facilitating shorter delivery times than the industry standard.


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