G&Z introducing new slipform paver
The new S400 shares similar design features with the larger models in the G&Z slipform paver range
A new and more compact slipform paver is being introduced by Guntert & Zimmerman, widening the firm’s range of models. The company has been known in the past for its large slipform pavers used in road and airport runway jobs but in recent years has developed smaller and more compact units. The S400 shares many of its features with the existing S600, which was previously the most compact model in the line-up. The firm’s German representative, Peter Hedke said, “It’s the smallest machine we’ve ever built.”
This new unit has been designed to combine versatility with productivity and Hedke said, “It’s an entry level machine for contractors or a machine for existing customers to widen their fleet.”
As with other slipformers in the G&Z range, the new S400 can be used in combination with machine control technologies from different suppliers. The new S400 retains the same novel turnbuckle design that allows fast width changes and according to Hedke, this is a key feature as it ensures the machine is highly versatile, as is required for slipformers in its class. He said, “It’s a single lane machine and a smaller version of the S600. It can be used for offset paving, fitted with molds to slipform New Jersey barriers.”
The S400 is also designed to cope with tight curves such as kerbs in parking areas or for roads linking to housing developments and Hedke added, “It can be used to pave roundabouts.”
The firm offers a wide array of molds to suit different applications and the S400 can be configured in a wide range of ways, as required by the needs of a particular jobsite. High visibility is claimed from the operator platform, ensuring more consistent paving results according to the firm.
Power comes from a low emission Cummins diesel that meets the Tier 4 Interim emissions requirements and is also said to be highly economical on fuel, as well as being quiet in use, allowing operation in urban areas.