Leading Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) supplier, Goscor Hi-Reach, which is part of Imperial’s Goscor group, reports that there has been growing demand for its Genie GTH-5022R rotating rough terrain telehandler.
“Our recent delivery, through our Botswana distributor Gaborone Hose and Fittings (GHF), to a well-known Botswana diamond mine confirms the trend of a wide and varied interest in this very versatile machine,’ says Goscor Hi-Reach MD George Landsberg.
“In their case they were interested in, among other things, the specific height (22m lift height), weight and reach configurations of the 5022R. They also took various optional attachments including floating forks, hydraulic winch and a man-platform,” Landsberg said.
GHF’s Luis Santana says that the mining industry is showing particular interest in the machine because of its manoeuvrability, reach, ruggedness, and, most importantly, safety. “The Botswana mine in particular prides itself on high NOSA star ratings and its millions of incident free man hours and does whatever it can to keep this excellent record intact including buying equipment that emphasises safety,” says GHF’s Luis Santana.
He adds that the unique, key feature of being able to operate the unit from the man-lift basket overriding the main cabin on an either/only system makes Genie alone in this level of safety. “It has no rival in this area making Genie an outlier in the industry when it comes to safety standards.”
Santana agrees that the Genie 5022R is ideal for the robust mining environment. “It’s all about lowest cost of ownership over time, and this machine, because of its unparalleled efficiency, reliability and durability is proving ideal for the mining industry and others,” he said.
Santana said that efficient and comfortable operation, which has always, been a hallmark of Genie products is taken to new levels with the 5022R. “There are many features which help increase operator productivity including power assisted multifaceted, all-directional steering, comfort air-conditioning, windshield protection, fish-eye rear view mirror, adjustable spotlight on the boom, infra-red night vision camera, collision avoidance system, on-board fire suppression, on-board auto greasing system, keyless access control to operator cabin, lock-out station, emergency exits and deployable exit functions, safety barrier railing whilst in re-fuelling mode, fuel tagging monitoring system, and many others.
He added that one of the most important features of the GTH-5022R is the option to operate the machine via the remote control man-lift basket that overrides cab operations. “This is, of course, particularly advantageous in the more inaccessible locations.”
Other important features of the Genie GTH-5022R include:
• Lifting height of 22m
• 5,000kg capacity
• 19m forward reach
• 4×4 four-wheel drive with 3 steering modes including crab steer
• Hydrostatic transmission with variable displacement pump and motor.
• Two speed mechanical gearbox with electric two-mode switch
Integral to the stand-out successes of Goscor Hi-Reach is the support service that it provides through its large footprint of dealers throughout the region and, in Botswana, this is provided by GHF. “Our machines serve a critical function on mines and, in fact, wherever they work, so downtime has to be, as far as possible, eradicated,” says Santana. “We are therefore on call 24/7 in order to provide the right levels of service. This could not be possible without the outstanding support of Goscor Hi-Reach, which is a consummately professional organisation,” he concluded.
Meanwhile in February this year Goscor Hi-Reach celebrated the sale of the 1000th Genie machine in southern Africa. “The first one was sold by Neville Bell on 1 March 1999 and it’s been a success story ever since,” Landsberg said.
Operating from its headquarters in Alrode, Johannesburg, Goscor Hi-Reach also provides spares, ongoing maintenance and repairs as well as full refurbishment of machines for its customers across southern Africa.