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Goldhofer’s big boy offers ease of transport

First publishedin World Highways
May 2017
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STZ-VP8 285
Goldhofer's STZ-VP8 285
Goldhofer’s latest addition to its STZ-VP family owes its name to 285mm tyres. The STZ-VP 285 is the company’s low-loader semitrailer with the highest load-carrying capacity. This STZ version, with the pendular axle technology, is available in configurations between three and 10 axles and a choice of decks - vessel bridge, crawler deck and flatbed. A technically permissible axle load of 16tonnes and a deck profile of just 200mm for the flatbed – the slimmest on the market – make this low loader unique, according to the company.

The STZ chassis features a combination of extremely wide excavator recesses and relatively short bogies. Goldhofer’s pendular axle technology provides precision-calculated geometry of the axle suspension for free oscillation of the wheelsets. The advantage is optimum distribution of the load to all the tyres and perfect levelling in uneven terrain. A steering angle of up to 65° rounds off the benefits with perfect manoeuvrability, the company said.

Axle suspension is available with tapered roller or compact bearings to meet requirements in terms of mileage and maintenance intervals. The excavator recess brings a reduction in overall load height. The use of the gooseneck with or without a front bogie and the option to combine the front bogies with the MPA-K family and the rear bogies with the THP family ensures versatility.

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