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