Ko­matsu adds to its im­pres­sive range of heavy duty mid to large size fork­lifts

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KO­MATSU HAS long been known as pre­mium man­u­fac­turer of heavy duty equip­ment built to with­stand the harsh­est work en­vi­ron­ments. “Ko­matsu’s mid to large size fork­lifts are built with the un­der­ly­ing philoso­phies of qual­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and lower cost of own­er­ship which makes them ide­ally suited to de­mand­ing in­dus­tries such as tim­ber con­struc­tion, re­cy­cling and steel,” said Jack Socra­tous, Na­tional Prod­uct Sup­port, Train­ing & Marketing Man­ager, Ko­matsu Fork­lift Aus­tralia. Ko­matsu Fork­lifts’ new range of 4-5 ton Hy­dro­static fork­lifts is no ex­cep­tion.

“In fact, it raises the bar to a whole new level,” he says.

The new hy­dro­static drive FH se­ries diesel pow­ered pneu­matic tyre fork­lift fea­tures many of the in­no­va­tions in­tro­duced on Ko­matsu’s class-lead­ing con­struc­tion equip­ment – with the po­ten­tial to greatly re­duce own­ing and op­er­at­ing costs.

Avail­able in ca­pac­i­ties of 4, 4.5 and 5 tonnes, the new FH se­ries fork­lifts fea­ture Ko­matsu’s exclusive HST hy­dro­static drive sys­tem, ad­vanced CLSS closed-cen­tre load sens­ing hy­draulic sys­tem and the KOMTRAX re­mote mon­i­tor­ing and track­ing sys­tem.

Power comes from a Ko­matsu SAA4D95LE-5 tur­bocharged com­mon rail diesel rated at 50.8 kW, that is In­terim Tier 4 and EU Stage 3A emis­sions cer­ti­fied, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing power or pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to Jack, the FH se­ries has been de­signed around the highly re­li­able, field-proven drive and con­trol com­po­nents used for many years in Ko­matsu con­struc­tion equip­ment.

“The FH se­ries’ elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled HST drive sys­tem has a proven record of qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity over years of use in Ko­matsu con­struc­tion equip­ment in­clud­ing wheel load­ers and doz­ers,” he said.

“And the hy­draulic sys­tem uses Ko­matsu’s CLSS vari­able dis­place­ment pump tech­nol­ogy, again a proven and highly ef­fi­cient hy­draulic sys­tem, used in Ko­matsu’s hy­draulic ex­ca­va­tors, graders and other equip­ment.”

All FH Se­ries mod­els are pow­ered by a Ko­matsu de­signed and man­u­fac­tured diesel en­gine, fea­tur­ing ad­vanced en­gine tech­nolo­gies to achieve su­pe­rior fuel econ­omy, re­duced en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, and out­stand­ing con­trol­la­bil­ity.

“Com­bined, all these new fea­tures on our new FH se­ries fork­lifts will dra­mat­i­cally re­duce over­all op­er­a­tional costs,” said Jack.

“The HST and CLSS sys­tems, to­gether with the Ko­matsu SAA4D95LE-5 diesel work in har­mony to achieve sig­nif­i­cant fuel econ­omy, es­pe­cially in tough, high-cy­cle op­er­a­tions where fast-paced load­ing, un­load­ing, and di­rec­tional changes are de­manded by op­er­a­tors.”

Other fea­tures of Ko­matsu’s new FH se­ries fork­lifts in­clude: • Spa­cious op­er­a­tor com­part­ment with

full sus­pen­sion seat • Tilt­ing and tele­scop­ing steer­ing con­sole with a small di­am­e­ter steer­ing wheel and spin­ner knob • Fully hy­dro­static power steer­ing • Air­tight wet disc brake sys­tem, for ex­cep­tional over­all dura­bil­ity and low op­er­a­tional costs • Ad­justable auto en­gine shut­down sys­tem, elim­i­nat­ing need­less idling – sav­ing fuel and op­er­a­tional costs • Ad­justable ‘Tur­tle’ con­trol switch with four dif­fer­ent con­trol speed set­tings for pre­cise speed con­trol in tight work­ing sit­u­a­tions. “Ko­matsu’s new FH se­ries of­fers a per­fect blend of power, per­for­mance, ef­fi­ciency and op­er­a­tor com­forts, al­low­ing the op­er­a­tor to han­dle the tough­est ap­pli­ca­tions while max­imis­ing ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity,” Jack said.

“With ex­cel­lent con­trol­la­bil­ity and han­dling ease, we be­lieve the FH se­ries fork­lift is the best pos­si­ble choice for the most dif­fi­cult and de­mand­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

“And the tougher the ap­pli­ca­tion, the greater the cost sav­ings gen­er­ated by the ef­fi­ciency and op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence of this new line.

“It of­fers the po­ten­tial to have a dra­matic ef­fect for users look­ing to re­duce their over­all op­er­a­tional costs,” he said.

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