Everyday Work for Josef Neureiter GmbH’s Goldhofer MPA 3 semi lowloader
It is always impressive to see what “everyday work” can mean for Goldhofer vehicles. To remove avalanche debris, including tree trunks and rocks, the Neureiter team had to reach the Marxtenalm at 1,200m above sea-level in the Austrian Pinzgau. The operation involved a 3-axle MPA semi lowloader carrying a Liebherr R918 crawler excavator.
Josef Neureiter GmbH & Co KG, a Pinzgau-based transport and earthworks company founded in Saalbach-Hinterglemm in 1989, has long years of experience with earthworks services in the mountain environment. In addition to transport and earthworks, the company also has a fine reputation as a reliable partner for container services and access road construction in Salzburg’s Pinzgau region.
The Marxtenalm – a mountain pasture and inn idyllically located between the middle peak of the Schattberg and the Stemmerkogel in the Pinzgau region – can be reached either on foot or on a narrow and unsurfaced forestry road. Due to an avalanche in the gorge of the Löhnersbach, however, the alpine pasture was no longer accessible, and the Neureiter transport and earthworks company was called out to clear the gorge of snow and debris up to 5m in depth. That is not as easy as it sounds: driving a semi lowloader up to the Marxtenalm with a 20t excavator is a challenge for all transport professionals. But Michael Neureiter does not lose his calm; for him it is “everyday work”. As the access road is unpaved, outstanding off-road capabilities were required of the Scania tractor unit and the Goldhofer low loader semitrailer, which also had to ford mountain streams and climb gradients of up to 15%. “With a hydraulic axle compensation of 350mm, we could literally lift the new MPA 3 across the streams at the fords,” says Michael Neureiter and he continues: “That makes us so fast and flexible in the mountains.”
The MPA 3 incorporates the proven MacPherson axle system and has impressive lateral stability. The use of so few components makes the axle an extremely low-maintenance solution. Plus the MPA 3 is designed for high axle loads of 15.6t at 20 km/h, an extremely wide steering angle of 60° and a very low loading height of only 785mm. The robust design and high bending resistance of the vehicle frame ensure maximum reliability and long service life. As an extra, the successful MPA steering system was fitted on all three axle lines of the Neureiter vehicle for still greater maneuverability in the tight curves of the mountain tracks and roads. “The new MPA 3 greatly facilitates our ‘day-to-day business’, and its flexibility makes us even more versatile,” says a delighted Michael Neureiter.