Hamelex White VersaBolt tipper range hits market
Previewed in May last year, Hamelex White’s VersaBolt is now available for customers
After unveiling it at last year’s Brisbane Truck Show, MaxiTrans subsidiary Hamelex White has officially released the VersaBolt tipper trailer range to the market.
Named as 2015 Trailer of the Show, the range is based off a modular bolted design concept that aims to reduce lead times and improve flexibility and maintainability.
While further models have been promised in the coming months, the trailer maker says today’s release focuses on steel rigid and dog combinations.
"Buyers will be able to choose between high tensile steel, aluminium, or a combination of both, which is easily achieved by choosing the appropriate modules during assembly," MaxiTrans managing director Michael Brockhoff says.
"This increases flexibility of options and ensures you can get the right trailer for the job, be it in quarry, construction, demolition or bulk."
As mentioned in May last year, the concept aims to allow dealers to received flat-packed parts, which they can then ‘bolt’ together to suit a customer’s requirements.
MaxiTrans says that while it offers customers options, for example a steel floor combined with aluminium walls for low tare weight, the turnaround time is also key.
"Due to the assembly-style nature of its construction, our manufacturing facilities will be able to pick the appropriate components ‘off the shelf’ and have trailers fully configured and on the road, often in as little as three weeks," Brockhoff says.
The design allows damaged parts to be replaced quickly, Hamelex White says, but it has also allowed the company to include a few ‘patent-pending smarts’ into the range.
One of these features is the two-way opening tailgate.
With the adjustment of a lever, the tailgate can open horizontally or vertically, offering flexibility for the user when unloading.
Opening the tailgate is also restricted to a side-operated internal locking mechanism, ensuring the trailer is opened in a safe location.
Brockhoff says the company took the location of all hinges into account when designing the VersaBolt, making sure tarps could to be rolled all the way to the end.
"Tipper operators will be familiar with the common problem of hinges getting in the way of tarps and not being able to secure the load completely," he says.
"We’ve solved that problem with a simple but effective design."
That design also protects the walls against buckling or creasing, Hamelex White says.
Available in rigid and three-axle dog combinations - with four-axle dog options able to be ordered –all models ship with a two-year warranty with full parts and service support.
"We believe these ‘hybrid’ trailers will be truly a revolution to the industry," Brockhoff says.