New telehandler improves handling of specialist lining for liquid containment

Installation of specialist geosynthetic lining for the waste management, mining, agricultural, sewage and building sectors requires highly manoeuvrable, stable and powerful machinery.

Lining systems are designed to protect the environment and conserve water and are used in the construction of landfill cells and caps, irrigation dams and channels, tailings dams, sewage ponds, farm dams, fuel containment bunds, wetland areas and contaminated soil sites.

Lining Victoria, one of the biggest lining companies in the State, uses a range of geomembrane plastics, clay liners, geotextiles and Geonet linings for liquid containment.

Manager Adam Ward said rolls of plastic lining could weigh up to 1.5 tonnes and were carried on a spreader bar that weighed another 0.8t.

He said Lining Victoria had recently purchased a JCB 533-105 telehandler to improve its handling system for these heavy rolls of liners.

The 533-105 telehandler has a 3t lift capacity and a 10.5-metre boom for extra reach.

“It is the first JCB telehandler we have bought and it is about 20 per cent more powerful than the telescopic handlers we have hired in the past,” Adam said.

“It has proved to be an exceptionally versatile machine.”

He said Lining Victoria used the JCB 533-105 with front stabilisers for added safety and these were invaluable when working on angled and sloped areas, such as the sides of dams and channels.

“We can stabilise the machine at the top of the slope with the roll of lining and then pull the lining down by hand. It is a much safer way to handle the plastic rolls.”

Adam said the ability of the JCB 533-105 to manoeuvre sideways, or “crab-walk’’, was another excellent feature of the machine for accurately aligning adjoining strips of plastic.

“It allows us to line up our rolls more precisely, which makes the plastic rolling faster and more efficient, with less wastage,” he said.

“We used to use loaders for this job, but it was very easy to go off-course.

“With the JCB it has become a very precise operation that is much quicker.”

Adam said the 100-horsepower turbo engine with the 533-105 had proven to be very reliable and fuel efficient and provided a lot more power than other telehandlers.

He said power to the boom for lifting was exceptional and he had recently noticed other lining companies were starting to use JCB telehandlers because they were so well suited to this type of work.

Lining Victoria employs a pool of about 20 drivers for its fleet of excavators, trucks, hired telescopic handlers and the JCB telehandler.

Adam said because the JCB 533-105 was rated at 3t lift capacity, drivers needed only a Competency of Operating a Telehandler machine and not a crane license, which was more convenient for employers and employees.

“Our staff find the JCB telehandler very comfortable, the powershift transmission and three mode steering is easy to use and the machine feels safe to operate.’’

“We find its braking system is superior to most other machines available on the market.

“And it is faster than other telehandlers we have used, with a ground speed of 25-35 kilometres per hour.”

He said the service and back-up from JCB Construction Equipment Australia had been excellent and Lining Victoria planned to buy another telehandler from the company this year to further boost productivity.

“We have found the 533-105 to be highly reliable, tough and versatile – it has been ideal for the type of operations we are undertaking,” Adam said.

For further information on the JCB telehandler range, contact your nearest JCB Construction Equipment Australia branch or phone 1300 JCB CEA.


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