Telescopic handlers are Italian industrial equipment maker Dieci’s speciality. It has been the company’s core business since 1983, that’s practically all they do, besides a couple of cement mixers and dump trucks.
Dieci is also famous for introducing the first telescopic boom and telescopic reach fork lifts to the world in 1983.
While Dieci initially made basic agricultural equipment, things started to develop when the company founder, operating from ramshackle facilities in the village of Montecchio, was bought out by a group of industrialists headed by Ciro Correggi, known for businesses such as Serengeti.
These entrepreneurs invested in updating all Dieci’s facilities and practices.
It comes as no surprise then that Dieci knows a bit about what makes a good telehandler. The answer seems to be: variety; with 148 models and 20 product lines being produced.
Beside its domestic market, Dieci products are sold in at least 70 other countries through around 400 dealerships.
Dieci, which means ‘10’ in Italian, is based in Reggio Emilia in northern Italy, where it has also given the world such icons of engineering as Ferrari, Maserati and Ducati — a fact Dieci isn’t above pointing out.
Giovanni Venturi, the priestly scientist who discovered the Venturi effect, the reduction in pressure that results when a fluid flows through a constriction, worked and died there in the 19th century, so, engineering belongs in Reggio Emilia just like flies belong in the outback.
Dieci’s extensive range of Telehandlers, known for their quality Italian design and manufacturing have all been tailored to perfectly suit the Australian market and are all designed to either meet or exceed strict Australian Standards specifications.
Dieci also has some industry specific models for Cotton, Poultry and Hay, as well as a range of EWP and rotational models.
The Powerful 7 tonnes capacity Cotton Pro is an example of local engineering and assembly improving upon a quality Italian product, to suit the specific needs of Australian cotton farmers.
An in-depth survey of the requirements of the cotton industry, led Dieci to refine their standard offering to resolve all the issues faced by standard construction of basic Agricultural telehandlers.
Starting with protection from the cotton fibres themselves, full under body plating is added to the telehandlers to protect the drive shafts and under body moving parts from fibre penetration.
Moving to the engine bay the alternation is wrapped in a special protective sock to also eliminate fibre penetration.
The Cotton Pro is a true 7 tonnes machine with a maximum lift Height near 10 metres and a top speed of 40kph from its Iveco engine with power at 93kw (127hp) and hydrostatic transmission.
The Agri Farmer is undoubtably one of the most versatile models in the Dieci range.
There are two versions of the Agri Farmer giving a choice of lift heights and lift capacities to suit different loading and handling priorities.
The Dieci Agri Farmer 30.7 is capable of hauling 3 tonnes off the deck with a maximum height of 7m.
If that is not high enough – for placing big bales into tall stacks, for example – then the Agri Farmer 30.9 model goes higher still. It will take a 3-tonnes payload and reach to a heady 9m.
At Dieci Australia, safety standards are at the top of their list, with more money invested in load charts and design verifications for the complete range of machines than most companies in Australia.
With some suppliers still providing load charts from overseas with 500mm load centres, while the Australian standard is 600mm load centres.
Every one of the machines and every attachment combination has a design verification. Dieci won’t release a product to the Australian market unless it has one.
Dieci also have an independent external engineer who signs all of those off on every new machine or attachment that is released, including attachments that they have developed themselves.
In Australia Dieci also benefits by being highly autonomous. While most European dealers rely on a central warehouse for the supply of spare parts, the supply of services or shipping units direct to customers.
Dieci Australia are quite unique as a dealership model because they hold stock in Australia and can have up to one and a half million dollars, worth of spare parts at any given time with a 95% fill rate because of the volumes they hold.
For more information on the Dieci Telehandler Range, contact AWD Group today on 1300 888 479.