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A Goldhofer Liebherr R918 crawler excavator is transported to a remote Austrian gorge by a 3-axle semi lowloader.

Goldhofer »MPA« low-loader used for avalanche excavation

July 13, 2022
The off-road capabilities of the Scania tractor and the Goldhofer semitrailer were required to ford mountain streams and climb gradients of up to 15%

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 mountain environments. In addition to transport and earthworks, the company is also a reliable partner for container services and access road construction in Salzburg’s Pinzgau region.

Recently, the Neureiter transport and earthworks company was called out to clear an avalanche that had blocked the access road to reach The Marxtenalm, a mountain pasture and inn. Full of snow and debris up to 5 meters in depth, the company needed to traverse the Löhnersbach gorge path with a semi lowloader and a 20-t excavator.

As the access road is unpaved, the off-road capabilities of the Scania tractor unit and the Goldhofer low loader semitrailer were required, as they also had to ford mountain streams and climb gradients of up to 15%. “With a hydraulic axle compensation of 350 mm, we could literally lift the new »MPA« 3 across the streams at the fords,” said Michael Neureiter of the journey. “[This] makes us so fast and flexible in the mountains.”

The »MPA« 3 incorporates the MacPherson axle system and has impressive lateral stability. The use of so few components makes the axle an extremely low-maintenance solution. Additionally, the »MPA« 3 is designed for high axle loads of 15.6 t at 20 km/h, a wide steering angle of 60° and a low loading height of 785 mm. The robust design and high bending resistance of the vehicle frame ensure maximum reliability and long service life. Additionally, the successful »MPA« steering system was fitted on all three axle lines of the Neureiter vehicle for greater maneuverability in the tight curves of mountain tracks and roads. “The new »MPA« 3 greatly facilitates our ‘day-to-day business’, and its flexibility makes us even more versatile,” stated Neureiter.