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In 1997 compaction machinery specialist Bomag acquired the Halleschen Baumaschinen company which was reknown in former East Germany for its graders. Now a plant has been set up in Ulm to manufacture a new series of machines developed from the HBM products.

This MBU range, on show at Bauma for the first time, will include six new motor graders varying in size from 7.5t to 16t including twin axle and triple axle configurations. The intention says Bomag is to cover all applications from golf course and horticultural work to heavy road construction.

Rollers of almost every conceivable size will make up much of Bomags display with pride of place going to two new pivot steer tandem machines the BW184 with split drums and the BW180 for the UK market with single piece drums. Advantages cited for the pivot steer concept include good manoeuvrablity and the ability to stagger the positions of the drums and proceed crabwise, matching the width of material that has to be compacted.

Water for wetting the rolled material is stored in pannier tanks set low down on the sides of the machines. This improves stability compared with top mounted tanks and allows the operator a clear view to the edge of the drums.

Conical drums are being fitted to Bomags range of smaller machines so that it is possible to compact material tight up against a vertical wall or kerb without scuffing and damaging the exposed finish of the structure.

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