Palfinger offers a new crane for forest machines

Cranes from the Austrian company Palfinger Epsilon are a common sight on logging trucks. But at Elmia Wood the company extended its reach into the forest in the form of a prototype specially developed for forwarders. 

Palfinger Epsilon launched its first forwarder cranes in 2006. At Elmia Wood the company’s red crane booms were visible on some of Rottne’s forwarders, among others.

During the fair the next stage was presented: a prototype of a complete unit including the hydraulics, all ready for installation by machinery manufacturers. The version shown at Elmia Wood is the S11F107. It has a reach of 10.7 metres and is made of high-tensile steel, making it up to eight percent lighter than comparable cranes. LED work lighting is built into the crane. The design of the telescopic extension makes it smaller in the transport position.

However, Palfinger’s sales manager, Markus Prenninger, says the crane’s design offers even greater benefits in the forest:

“All the electrics and hydraulics run inside the crane. Nothing hangs outside but it’s easy to access all the cables and hoses if you need to replace anything.”

Palfinger Epsilon also presented another prototype at the fair: a crane for logging trucks. This is a radical upgrade of the company’s existing Q series, which are intermediate-class cranes. The exhibited model is the Q14L. The crane is made of high-tensile steel, making it 10 percent lighter. It has the longest reach of its class at 11 metres, and its speed has been increased by 15 percent thanks to higher hydraulic pressure and new cylinders. This crane also has all its cables and hoses built in, giving it a sleek outer surface. Built-in LED work lighting is standard. 

Palfinger Epsilon’s crane boom shown in cross-section. All electric and hydraulic systems run inside the crane.
The world premiere at Elmia Wood for Palfinger Epsilon's new Q series upgrade. Made of high-tensile steel, it is 10 percent lighter than comparable cranes.