Hammar Australia shows off electric 160S sideloader

New lightweight electric model hopes to reduce noise and fuel costs

Hammar Australia shows off electric 160S sideloader
Parkwood Transport's Peter Kelland with the 160S.


Trailer manufacturer Hammar Australia has updated the 160S sideloader with a quieter electric-powered variant that bests last year’s record tare weight model.

Launched as part of the company’s 20 year celebrations at the Brisbane Truck Show, Hammar Australia believes the new sideloader overtakes its previous model’s title claim of the lightest tare 40’sideloader in world, spec for spec.

"The lightweight of the 160S is in contrast to the machine’s rugged construction," general manager Grahame Heap says.

"The chassis is manufactured using only high grade Swedish steel, fully MIG-welded all round to ensure maximum strength. Unlike some manufacturers, our I-beam frames are welded both inside and outside the beam for strength and corrosion resistance."

The move from diesel power to an electric motor makes for quieter operation, Heap says, and potential cost savings for operators.

"With the electric unit, the motor turns off when the crane is not actually moving," Heap says.

"And, with regard noise it’s chalk and cheese. The electric motor’s sound is more of a whirr, compared to the louder, continuous, engine noise from a diesel-powered unit."

These features drew the attention of long-time Hammar customer Peter Kelland of Parkwood Transport in Queensland, who received the 160S with electric power pack model on display in Brisbane.

"The environmentally-friendly electric sideloader appeals to me," Kelland says.

"Plus, during night shifts, the quieter motor will help around suburban areas. Also, there are no exhaust fumes. The huge savings in fuel costs didn’t hurt in the decision either!"

The container transport company’s new addition brings the total of Hammar units in the business to twelve, since making its first purchase in 2000.

Hammar Australia arrived locally just five years earlier as a subsidiary of Hammar Maskin AB of Sweden, a manufacturer with a history of sideloaders back to 1974.

In the 20 years, Hammar Australia says it has captured over half the market thanks to the range of models available out of Sweden.

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