Wolfgang Knierim GmbH
Kassel, Germany




Above: the largest of the K3 series was the 10-cubic meter 100S

    Wolfgang Knierim specialized in refuse equipment at the small-end of the scale for urban collection and small-volume satellite operations. The Knierim K3 rear loader was produced circa 1980-1995 and used the Japanese Kyokuto Press-Packer system. This unusual packer mechanism is of the slide-sweep type, but has its sweep panel operated by large external cylinders acting against a linkage assembly and passing through curved slots in the hopper side walls. The slide panel is operated conventionally by two in-line cylinders within the tailgate. Available in 4, 6, 8 to 10 cubic meter sizes, it featured an advanced curved-shell body, foreshadowing a body construction method now applied to virtually all rear loaders. Bin lifts to 1,100 liter capacity were offered with the K3.


The K3 is easily identified by the large slots in the sidewalls for operating the sweep panel


Bin lift options and packing mechanism of the K3



K3 in action, captured on film by Jaap Mikkers



Type K3-40S (4-cubic Meter) with 100-liter bin lift



Type K3-80S with dustless bin lift attachment



Type K3-100S emptying an 1,100-liter container



Knierim curved-side body was advanced for its time



Small fleet of K3 rear loaders




KNIERIM K1 SIDE LOADER

Knierim K1 side loader could load manually from one side, and mechanically from the other



Ejecting load from the rear of the K1 body



The big K1-60S (6.0 cubic meter body) could handle bin sizes to 1,100 liter capacity



K1-60S with hydraulic rear door discharges its load into a larger rear loader



K1-45S (4.5 cbm) collecting refuse from city waste bins



Special K1-22L (2.2 cbm) for mounting on a standard pickup truck, shown here on a Toyota



K1-52L (5.2 cbm) dual stream, and a standard K1-33L (3.3 cbm)



K1-35L (3.5 cbm) with glass compartment, and K1-25W (2.5 cbm) skip loader body



K1-52W (5.2 cbm) with hook-lift chassis




KNIERIM SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT


K1-33E: K1 side loader(3.3 cbm) mounted on all-electric vehicle chassis



K5 side loader for collecting food waste




K1-17.40S, a special compact rear-loading body for waste collection from cemeteries



Type P1 stationary compactor with 1,100 lire bin lift



Type W90 mobile bin washing body





6/15/13 (revised 2/11/18)
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