What does an extra few hundred pounds in a power buggy get you these days? For starters, a safer, sturdier and more stable machine. It also helps reduce the risk of operator injury and potential liability lawsuits.
“We think effective risk management is important,” says Bruce Waters, sales manager at Miller Spreader. “The way we look at it, with everything else being equal, it is better to look at a machine that meets safety standards and will help your liability insurance coverage.”
Miller Spreader's new line of power buggies aims to do just that. The company offers three buggies, a walk-behind model and the MB16 (pictured) and MB21 ride-along versions.
In tests conducted by Materials Research Laboratories, the MB16 was the only one of four popular power buggies to meet all 12 American Society of Mechanical Engineers stability and braking safety standards. The tests evaluated parking and service brakes and lateral and longitudinal stability. Waters credits the unit's 2-inch-thick solid plate steel frame for providing unmatched strength, structural integrity, ideal weight distribution and a lower center of gravity.
The MB16 has a 2,500-pound payload and a bucket size of 16 cubic feet. It is powered by a 13-horsepower Honda electric-start engine.
It also features an enclosed console with louvers, and three steering-column support bearings, two at the column's base and one at the console. It has dual front and rear wheels, and a hydraulic dump with console- and foot-operated control.
Verified by Bruce Waters, sales manager