Lumber is one of the biggest markets for sideloader use. It’s easy to see why…

Based in Borgosesia, Northern Italy, specialist Galloppini Legnami Srl has developed a specialism for wooden structures since 1910.

The company’s engineering and architecture work can be seen in houses, large structures, bridges and walkways, roofs and shelters, floors, facades and wooden claddings.

It also prides itself on the great quality and speed of order fulfillment, thanks to large warehouses, more than 12 acres of which three and a half acres are covered.

At the heart of their operation, a new Baumann HX40 was acquired to allow productive storage in both indoor and outdoor areas.

The HX’s small footprint also makes it a nimble machine that is capable of operating in confined areas.

In Troon, Scotland, Glennon Brothers are using their own waste to create the power for their new two 120v EGXs.

Elsewhere, in Germany, France, Switzerland, and the UK, GX models are helping to keep lumber merchants at peak productivity.

There’s no better way to handle long goods, particular lumber, than using a sideloader.

The link to lumber goes back a long way. In fact, the Baumann brothers, Wolfgang and Rolf, began working on what would eventually become the Baumann sideloader for their grandfather and father’s lumber business.

After solving the long load issue, together with technical director Adolfo Gazza, they went on to establish the factory that still stands today.

Sideloaders then quietly went about their business for 50 years dominating European markets, where the combination of practicality, safety and durability has made them a must-have in lumber merchants where space is at a premium.

Moving long loads inside or out, storing them in racking, stacking them in blocks, carrying them over rough terrain or simply getting them off a flatbed and into production areas can be difficult issues to solve.

Wet lumber packs can also fluctuate in weight, making transportation by forklift not only difficult, but potentially more dangerous.

It’s unsurprising then that those handling wood have taken to the sideloader with gusto.

New developments in electrics, controls and comfort are simply reaffirming the idea that for lumber businesses, the sideloader is here for good.