Magni and Liebherr are cooperating together for telehandlers. Riccardo Magni, CEO of the Italian company, said: «Our machines are sometimes competing with cranes weighing 40 to 50 tons, in contrast, however, they are much smaller, more versatile, nimbler and less expensive. Yet they perform all the required tasks and even combine the three functions of a crane, forklift and work platform». In recent times, production figures at Magni Telescopic Handlers rose to more than 700 machines per year, with annual growth rates of 30 to 40 percent.
Magni and Liebherr first came into contact at the 2016 Intermat exhibition in Paris, where they both recognized the improvement potential in the rotary unit. Successful operation of these handling machines requires precise control over the load even at greater lifting heights. Magni rotary telehandlers operate at heights of up to 46 meters.
As a result, a Liebherr drive unit is operating on Magni telehandlers since 2017. It consists of a type DAT 200 backlash-free gearbox, a high-pressure, high-speed hydraulic motor and special brakes. The entire slewing drive increases the machines’ precision and stability.
Three-stage slewing drives
Compared to single-stage solutions, the three-stage drives from Liebherr enable smoother movement of the boom. The design principle ensures uniform load balancing across the individual stages, resulting in a high power density. The sun gears and planet gears are optimized to minimize circumferential backlash and have minimum play.
The inner gears are made of tempered steel, which is also used for the planet carriers. Right now Magni equips nearly all models with the slewing drives from Liebherr Components. The 300th drive was recently delivered to Italy.
«These gearboxes are the best components that we could find on the market. Liebherr has the best technology, and we are happy to be able to use it. Together, we are indeed a good combination that brings us great benefits,» stated Riccardo Magni.
Enrico Menozzi, Head of Sales Europe Drive Technology at Liebherr Components, also added: «We have longstanding experience in this area. We also supply drives for turntable ladders and fire engines. The largest of these can reach a height of 64 meters with people on them – high-precision positioning and smooth control being thereby a vital precondition. This know-how is now in operation at Magni».
Magni and Liebherr: Italian and Swiss blood
The partnership between Magni and Liebherr creates valuable synergies. The two family-run companies are now together in their pursuit of technical optimization and also high quality delivery. The first results of this relationship came in at the Bauma trade fair, where Magni’s rotary telehandlers were an important attraction.
Riccardo Magni concluded: «We entered the market at the right time, which certainly helped our success. Flexible solutions are in high demand. We are now the no. 2 provider worldwide. Also, many of our customers have now tested the new models with the Liebherr drives and many want us to swap out their existing units. So at the moment we are planning a replacement kit with Liebherr».