There’s virtually no limit to this machine’s capabilities
BOMAQ’S NEW rough terrain BMP Series 4WD Forklift isn’t restricted by work choice. “With a single model it can complete almost any task assigned,” says designer/founder Antonio Martinez, and that includes timber yards.
The New Bomaq is designed to work well and work almost anywhere ... and with ease!
The design of the B30MP series is slightly different to the norm, but as Antonio says, it’s all part of the package. “The design is not the first stage of a product, though. “First you have to define what you want the product to do and, in which way and with pre-determined performances. For this I took the data of the main competitors, but also from the industrial forklifts, like Linde and Toyota. Out of this I made a list of characteristics that the product would have to match: like size, turning radius, height, weight, power, ground clearance.
“Once you have the initial data you have to allocate the main components you need to achieve the performances defined: axles, engine, pumps, cylinders, cabin size etc.
“With all the main components, it’s time for the CAD system to work, and to integrate all of them and still match the characteristics defined in the first stage,” says Antonio.
And he’s quick to admit that at this point you have to go back to steps 1, 1 and 3 again and again.
“Once design is finished, and everything seems to match the parameters, you have to simulate, and calculate once and once again, until you are 200% sure everything is perfect.
“Once the prototype is done, is the previous steps have been done properly, a few things should be changed for serial production; most of them come from the assembly... and this is how we do it,” he says.
The knowledge from Mast has had a strong influence, and we can say the Bomaqs have more than 10 years of customers testing, but not as Bomaq’s name.
“We have done traction tests (for checking the diff locks in 4WD), noise measurements, vibration measurements, transmission approval by Linde, temperature and cooling tests (I think here we reach 45 degrees Celsius in summer).
“However, I think that if the product is assembled OK the main thing is to control the quality of the parts used so that no problems can occur later.
“Just one example of one of the extra things we do is we wash every hose used in the machines, no matter if the supplier tells us they are clean. Why? If one hose has any particle inside it can damage the pumps very easily and the cost would be huge. We have a machine that flushes water with a cleaning product, and we wash all the hoses before assembling them. Also with the tanks, so we are sure no dirt is inside the units and the pumps will work in the best way possible.”
There are two BMP cabin heights available: 2100mm as standard, and 1990mm as an option for special applications, like basements or low height spaces.
The units feature both compact size and turning radius: 3.030mm length (to fork carriage), 1.475mm width and 2.550mm turning radius, allowing the operator to have great manoeuvrability to work inside buildings or in areas with restricted space or goods on the ground ... “like in the timber industry,” says Antonio.
Great multipurpose performance, thanks to the 4WD assisted rear axle, and the 250 mm of real and uniform ground clearance, the unit can work as an industrial unit on rough terrain or off-highway applications.
“The range has a great variety of options to adapt the units to each customer’s needs -- different tyre patterns, air conditioning, cabin heater, LED lighting, rear view sensors or camera,” Antonio says.
The machines are both comfortable and easy to use, there’s good visibility, and the steering is quite soft -only a couple of turns to each side to go from top left to top right no matter what the ground conditions are.
“The Linde transmission permits easy driving. It can change from forward to reverse without touching the brake; in fact the brake is only used for emergency situations, or when working on slopes for retention,” he says.
The engine and major components and filters easily accessible for common maintenance and inspection.
Antonio said there are five keys in the heart of a Bomaq:
The engine . .. “Perkins, because of their reliability and simplicity.
“The transmission... “Linde, the best and toughest available from my point of view: 0 problems after 8 years using it at Mast”.
The hoses ... “We work with Parker and Manulli, two of the best options in the market.”
The valves and gear pump... “Parker, the best option available.” The mast ... “Liftek-elecar, supplier of Toyota.”. Antonio says Bomaq prides itself on listening to customers. “We will never lose the essence of manufacturing products designed and wanted by the market.”
Bomaq is distributed in Australia by Lencrow Materials Handling.
Designer/founder Antonio Martinez