Lift­ing their way to a whole new level!

Australasian Timber - - MATERIALS HANDLING -

KOMATSU’S NEW range of 4-5 ton Hy­dro­static fork­lifts has raised the op­er­a­tional bar to a whole new level.

“Th­ese 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. Jack said the new range of 4-5 ton Hy­dro­static fork­lifts was no ex­cep­tion and added: “In fact, it raises the bar to a whole new level.”

Komatsu has long been known as pre­mium man­u­fac­turer of heavy duty equip­ment built to with­stand the harsh­est work en­vi­ron­ments.

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 4, 4.5 and 5 tonnes, the new FH se­ries fork­lifts fea­ture Komatsu’s ex­clu­sive HST hy­dro­static drive sys­tem, ad­vanced CLSS closed­cen­tre 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.

Bau­mann Side­load­ers

Komatsu Fork­lift Aus­tralia is also the Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor of Bau­mann Side­load­ers. Bau­mann’s range has been specif­i­cally de­signed to han­dle long loads min­imise aisles. Their four-wheel de­sign and patented self-lev­el­ling deck makes them the most sta­ble side­loader on the mar­ket. For many years Bau­mann has been a pop­u­lar choice in the Aus­tralian tim­ber, steel, alu­minium and other man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries.

Bau­mann’s re­cently patented Archimedes out­reach sys­tem is the most im­por­tant in­no­va­tion in Side­loader de­sign in 40 years. This ex­cep­tional in­no­va­tion saw Bau­mann be­ing a fi­nal­ist for the 2016 FLTA In­no­va­tion Award.

The new Bau­mann GX Side­loader Se­ries utilises a di­rect drive Archimedes screw and slid­ing blocks to ex­tend the fork car­riage, while pre­vent­ing trans­verse move­ments and elim­i­nat­ing un­nec­es­sary stresses. This patented Archimedes screw, or worm gear out­reach sys­tem, en­hances equip­ment that has re­mained fun­da­men­tally un­changed for al­most 50 years. The whole worm gear sys­tem and rollers can work only in com­bi­na­tion, which means ideal re­sults each time, and the max­i­mum work­ing speeds - re­sults never be­fore reached. The sys­tem is low in main­te­nance and sim­ple in de­sign, with a high level of en­gi­neer­ing and dura­bil­ity to en­sure greater safety, smoother con­trol and per­fectly syn­chro­nised out­reach for highly ac­cu­rate and ef­fi­cient load con­trol.

Han­dling long loads de­mands spe­cialised equip­ment so­lu­tions tai­lor made to im­prove safety and to ef­fi­ciently utilise avail­able space. Bau­mann of­fers a va­ri­ety of side load­ers to han­dle long and bulky goods. Avail­able in LPG, diesel & elec­tric from 3 – 45 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.

Komatsu Fork­lift Aus­tralia is the Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor of Bau­mann Side­load­ers. Bau­mann’s range has been specif­i­cally de­signed to han­dle long loads and use min­i­mal aisle space.

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