The green standard for material handlers

Babcock has seen a steady stream of SENNEBOGEN modular material handling machinery delivered throughout South Africa over the past 12 months

Customers are increasingly realising the benefits of these quality German-manufactured machines. With their characteristic green colour reflecting their environmentally friendly efficiency, SENNEBOGEN material handlers are suitable for a diverse range of applications and have garnered firm support in South Africa’s steel mills, scrap metal, ports, pulp mill and saw mill industries, among others.   

The green standard for material handlers


The 7 Series units are primarily suited to the pulp and saw mill environments for their pick and carry capabilities and ability to stockpile at heights, while the 8 Series units are ideal for use in other industries due to each modular material handling machine able to be custom-built to the client’s specifications with an efficient design that assists in maintaining productivity. Undercarriage options range from mobile, crawler, rail, gantry and stationary, and can also include optimally raised units with pylon, while different quick-coupling systems and a large range of attachments highlight the machines’ versatility. 

Claude Delport, Sales Executive for SENNEBOGEN at Babcock, says that SENNEBOGEN’s E-Series of material handling equipment presents customers with a choice of new-generation fuel-saving diesel engines or environmentally friendly electric motors, with the latter capable of running up to 100 000 hours before needing to be replaced.

The state-of-the-art Tier 3 emission diesel engines have optimised engine settings for reduced fuel consumption and modern exhaust gas treatment for cleaner air. Electric motors provide operating cost reductions of up to 50% compared with conventional diesel engines, do not produce emissions, and operate at very low noise levels.


Delport says that in the last two years Babcock has sold several 830R electric units to a large steel mill in Gauteng for their scrap processing and feeding of the melt pots division where they have been preforming well.

At a saw mill in KwaZulu-Natal, a customer is using an electric unit to pick and carry timber, stack and feed the mill. This customer opted for the 825 electric unit with a railway type undercarriage in order to suit existing infrastructure at the saw mill. The machine has handled the application extremely well, and the customer is impressed with its performance.


Early this year Babcock delivered SENNEBOGEN 735E diesel units to a log yard and pulp mill where the customer required a machine capable of pick and carry and stockpiling at heights of up to 10 metres, as well as being able to tow a trailer. “The 735E meets these needs with an elevated cab providing the operator with unobstructed views,” says Delporte.  

Regarded as a true pick and carry machine, the 735E provides a rear-hinged boom for optimum weight distribution, high load capacities, compact measurements and small slewing radiuses for manoeuvring in narrow spaces between stacks, and a stacking height of approximately 10 metres. With a robust undercarriage and two powerful, quiet travel motors, the 735 can pull up to 30 tonnes on a trailer, and a rear boom provides unobstructed views from the cab.

As with all SENNEBOGEN machines, the 735E offers easy access to service points, maximum operator comfort and safety, and fuel-saving efficiency that lowers operating costs and environmental impact. Its towing function permits the transport of more product per trip, thus increasing productivity and reducing operating costs.  


The compact SENNEBOGEN 730E has also featured on Babcock’s sales list and is ideal for saw mill sorting line applications and offloading of logs and feeding the mill. Recently, Babcock replaced a well-used 730E unit which was first purchased in 2006 by a saw mill in Mpumalanga. Delport says the customer has long favoured the capabilities of the 730E, and has kept to the brand and model when deciding to replace older units.

The 730E runs on tyres, making it mobile on site, while its 360-degree rotation makes it extremely versatile for loading and offloading of trucks and rail wagons, and sorting and stacking in confined spaces.

A formidable driving machine with high safe working loads, the SENNEBOGEN 730 impresses with its powerful drive, convenient reach, and compact measurements. Thanks to a 360-degree slewing upper carriage, the material handler can navigate narrow spaces without the need for complex turning manoeuvres.


Featuring high performance, uncomplicated quality components, and long product service life, the SENNEBOGEN machinery available from Babcock includes a range of material handlers, duty cycle cranes, lattice boom crawler cranes, port cranes, and mobile harbour cranes with a lifting capacity of 125 tonnes. All SENNEBOGEN machinery is backed by Babcock’s nationwide network of service centres and aftermarket support, offering customers around-the-clock local support that can be quickly and easily accessed.


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