With »STEPSTAR« and »ADDrive«, Goldhofer is presenting flexible, multifunctional and cost-effective transport solutions
The new self-tracking semi lowloaders in the »STEPSTAR« series offer top quality engineering, high payloads combined with a low dead weight, and an innovative load securing system. An intelligent loading area design and the »MEGA« loadable gooseneck are the key to optimum utilization of the overall vehicle length. Goldhofer’s tried and tested »ADDrive« is an equally uncompromisingly application-focussed solution. It combines the advantages of a towed and a self-propelled heavy-duty module. Such flexibility avoids the need to transfer the cargo from a road transport vehicle to one or more self-propelled transporters, which may be necessary more than once on certain routes. “After such a long period with no major trade shows, we are very much looking forward to once again presenting our transport solutions face-to-face and holding interesting discussions”, says Robert Steinhauser, Sales Manager Europe / North Africa at Goldhofer.
»STEPSTAR«, a universal and flexible workhorse
The »STEPSTAR« series introduced in 2020 comprises three- to five-axle self-tracking semi-trailers with an intelligent load securing system. The new generation of ramps, which has been specially developed for vehicles with low ramp angles, combines convenient operation by radio remote with fast attachment and removal. The extra-long and wide excavator arm recess is integrated in the load area and open to the rear so that excavators with bigger booms can also be easily moved. The series includes versions with one or two pairs of wheel recesses plus an extremely low – and therefore loadable – »MEGA« gooseneck. In addition, the entire loading area can be fitted with the hard-wearing TraffideckGO polymer covering co-developed by Goldhofer. This not only saves weight but also reduces loading height compared with conventional wood or rubber flooring and at the same time offering the same high friction coefficient. “The »STEPSTAR« is the perfect response to our customers’ expectations: top quality plus intelligent details at a competitive price. Many customers particularly appreciate the fact that the 3-axle versions can be used for permit-free transport operations throughout Europe with payloads of up to 26.3 t and a gross combination length of 16.5 m,” says Robert Steinhauser
»ADDRIVE« – a talented allrounder
Wherever in the world heavy loads need to be transported over challenging routes and to difficult-to-access locations, Goldhofer’s »ADDrive« is the equipment of choice. Based on the Goldhofer SL family, users can operate this intelligent transport solution not only as a towed heavy-duty module but also as a self-propelled transporter. This avoids en route transloading, so that transport operations can be handled much faster and, above all, more economically. With the mechanically disconnected drive system, the individual modules can be towed like conventional heavy-duty modules without heat build-up in the oil in the drive system. On inclines, bridges, confined sections of the route, and at loading and unloading points, on the other hand, the ADD mode comes with the tractive power for maximum performance in the train. In many cases, this eliminates the need for additional tractors or pushers, which greatly simplifies route planning and on-site maneuvering.
Flexibility is also the name of the game with regard to the combination options. At the trade show, for example, Goldhofer will be presenting a 280 hp »ADDRIVE« that offers enormous power in the combination of hydraulic and three driven axle lines. Also, thanks to its multi-combination coupling it can be combined with most Goldhofer heavy duty modules that are common in Europe and can naturally be used with various dropdecks and long-load turntables. The result is the ultimate in flexibility – for every operator’s fleet. With the help of »ADDRONIC«, a new synchronization software specially developed by Goldhofer, »ADDRIVE« can also be operated in combination with other self-propelled transporters and modules.