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Barloworld Equipment used bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018 to launch three key SEM products, said to be specifically designed for rigorous African conditions.

The three SEM products, two wheel loaders and a track-type tractor, are all medium-sized to offer greater versatility and affordability to contractors in the construction, quarrying and mining industries.

SEM Bauma Conexpo Africa 2018

The SEM wheel loaders – the SEM636D and SEM660D – offer two different load capacities of 3 000 kg and 6 000 kg respectively.

“Many components in the machines have been re-engineered to offer customers greater longevity under extreme pressure of use and conditions,” says Emmy Leeka, Barloworld Equipment CEO.

Some of the key features include a 93 desert-type air cleanser providing machine reliability in the most severe conditions; simplified countershaft transmission structure to reduce maintenance costs; and a relocated hydraulic oil tank to extend the hydraulic pump life. The loaders’ SEM-designed and built axle provides 10 callipers, improving brake performance and extending service life.

The track-type tractor – the SEM816/822) – is said to combine a high level of efficiency and manoeuvrability, thanks to its hydrostatic drive system and multifunctional joystick. The operator cabin is ergonomically designed and equipped with advanced monitoring systems.

The tractor’s electronic control module facilitates quick troubleshooting and easy access to components enables faster overall maintenance time. It is supported by CAT Product Link. A Cummins engine can be installed as an option.

The tractor’s radiator boasts a new advanced cooling system designed to operate at ambient temperatures from -43°C to +50°C. Its semi-universal blade combines an S-blade’s excellent penetration with a U-blade’s high production capacity. Its L-shaped push arms position the blade closer to the machine, offering greater manoeuvrability, balance and blade penetration.

“These are all sturdy machines that make the most of what modern engineering can offer,” says Leeka. “We believe SEM has created a range that is ideal for a wide range of conditions across Africa as well as offering great value for money.”

“Maintenance costs on the tractor, for instance, are reduced by 60% compared to competing models designed with torque converter and transmission. The attention to detail in strengthening the machines, extending component life and facilitating easier and faster service will repay the investment many times over for customers,” concludes Leeka.

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