Manufacturer goes back to drawing board to produce light roller with ‘intelligent’ controls.
Bomag last month launched a new generation of vibrating light tandem rollers to replace the Dash-2 machines that the company has been selling successfully in the UK for the last 12 years.
The launch of the Dash-5 series is the result of a £2.6M investment and three years of development, which included a comprehensive QFD (quality function deployment) exercise to find out what customers wanted.
Speaking at the launch Bomag sales manager Jason Davey said: “This is not a facelifted version of what’s gone before; it’s an entirely new family of machines. Ninety per cent of the components are new.
“The new family consists of four conventional models and two side-clearance models, all in the 1.5t to 1.8t class.”
The side clearance models have their drums offset by 60mm and connected to the frame on one side only, so they can be used right up against a kerb or wall and then steered away without damage
New features on all the machines in the Dash-5 range include a Tier 4i/Stage IIIB-complaint 15kW Kubota engine; a 30% larger fuel tank, with the capacity for use all day without refuelling; a 25% increase in travel speed; and 30% better visibility that enables the operator to see an obstacle only 500mm high just 1m in front of the roller.
Also new is “intelligent vibration control”, fitted as standard on all six machines. When selected, this feature automatically switches the vibration on when the roller reaches a speed of 1kph, and switches it off again if the speed goes over 5kph.
Bomag is by far the biggest player in the UK light compaction roller market, with its products traditionally accounting for 50% of annual sales. The new machines are expected to sell for between £16,000 and £22,000.
Managing director Alan Batty said: “Bomag has economies of scale as a leading manufacturer but we do ask a premium for our product. “We believe this is offset by a high residual value: depreciation over three to 10 years is less than our competitors and reliability is better, so maintenance is minimal.”