Com­bilift and the tim­ber in­dus­try

Australasian Timber - - MATERIALS & HANDLING -

Com­bilift’s range of mul­ti­di­rec­tional units of­fers ideal in­no­va­tive cost-sav­ing so­lu­tions to the tim­ber in­dus­try no mat­ter how var­ied or unique the re­quire­ment. Units are able to han­dle ex­treme lengths of tim­ber, tim­ber frames, pal­letised goods or a mix of mer­chant prod­ucts.

With the abil­ity to op­er­ate in the harsh con­di­tions of a sawmill, right through to the pre­ci­sion man­u­fac­tur­ing of fur­ni­ture and other goods, Com­bilift is able to pro­vide a full turnkey so­lu­tion for any ma­te­ri­als han­dling needs.

Com­bilift is renowned for its space­sav­ing at­tributes, al­low­ing cus­tomers to work in aisles as small as 2200mm with lift heights over 10 me­tres, all the time pro­vid­ing one of the safest so­lu­tions pos­si­ble to the tim­ber in­dus­try.

Some of the many key Com­bilift ad­van­tages are:

Safer Prod­uct Han­dling

Com­bilift units are en­gi­neered to han­dle long loads safely. Units have greater sta­bil­ity when op­er­at­ing as loads do not have to be lifted high on the tynes. Tynes on Com­bilift units ex­tend out­wards be­yond the in­te­grated plat­form when pick­ing up or drop­ping goods. When han­dling goods tynes are re­tracted and the goods are rested on the plat­form for ul­ti­mate sta­bil­ity.

Space Sav­ings

Us­ing in­dus­try lead­ing patented tech­nol­ogy Com­bilift’s unique 4-way steer­ing sys­tem al­lows units to travel side­ways with long loads as well as full multi-direc­tional driv­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The abil­ity to travel side­ways al­lows own­ers to max­imise their avail­able stor­age space as aisle widths only need to ac­com­mo­date the unit it­self, when com­pared to a coun­ter­bal­ance fork­lift where aisles need to be wider to ac­com­mo­date the swing­ing of the large coun­ter­bal­ance when the unit turns.

Re­li­able Ro­bust Sim­ple De­sign

All Com­bilift units are de­signed and en­gi­neered to the high­est spec­i­fi­ca­tions to meet user re­quire­ments, yet they fea­ture a min­i­mum of sen­si­tive elec­tronic parts that en­sures units are ro­bust and have long op­er­a­tional life­spans re­gard­less of the en­vi­ron­ment.

In­door and Out­door Use

Units are fit­ted with heavy duty tyres that al­low for both in­door and out­door op­er­a­tion. Units are equally adept at op­er­at­ing on smooth con­crete road­ways or rough un­even ter­rain.

Units are avail­able in a num­ber of power vari­ants in­clud­ing fuel ef­fi­cient LPG, diesel or AC elec­tric power. The unique abil­ity to op­er­ate across all sur­faces can save own­ers and op­er­a­tors

sig­nif­i­cant cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture as it elim­i­nates the need to pur­chase both an in­door and out­door fork­lift.

In­creased Pro­duc­tiv­ity and Less Prod­uct Dam­age

Com­bilift units are the pre­mier all in one ma­chine; they elim­i­nate un­nec­es­sary dou­ble han­dling of loads in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity.

The multi-direc­tional travel abil­ity al­lows for the unit to ma­noeu­vre eas­ily through door­ways and ar­eas that are sig­nif­i­cantly nar­rower than the load it is car­ry­ing. This re­sults in less prod­uct dam­age and safer han­dling.

It can also fur­ther re­duce cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture as doors and stor­age spa­ces do not need to be mod­i­fied for a stan­dard fork­lift to fit through.

Op­er­a­tor and Main­te­nance Friendly

All units are en­gi­neered for op­ti­mum user com­fort and safety. Stan­dard fea­tures such as sus­pen­sion seats and high vis­i­bil­ity cabs en­sure max­i­mum driver com­fort and safety in­clud­ing pedes­tri­ans and other ma­chin­ery op­er­at­ing in shared ar­eas.

Easy ac­cess to all ma­jor com­po­nents makes the Com­bilift range very main­te­nance friendly.

“A fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of great rel­e­vance to the tim­ber sec­tor is Com­bilift’s new 4-wheeled, two direc­tional side­loader, which is ideal for op­er­a­tions that re­quire re­li­able, ro­bust and fast op­er­a­tion when mov­ing tim­ber across ex­ten­sive sites. Over­heat­ing dur­ing pro­longed op­er­a­tion is a com­mon prob­lem with many side­load­ers but Com­bilift has coun­ter­acted any risk of this by in­cor­po­rat­ing a sin­gle Bosch Rexroth vari­able pis­ton hy­dro­static drive mo­tor cou­pled with a rugged and proven JCB dif­fer­en­tial axle as used on the JCB 3CX back­hoe model. The new de­sign fea­tures a fully glazed front cab panel and the en­gine is sit­u­ated in a low level com­part­ment un­der­neath the plat­form, both of which con­trib­ute to ex­cel­lent vis­i­bil­ity. With the Aus­tralian arm of the busi­ness (Com­bilift Aus­tralia) ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the big­gest growth phase in its his­tory the fu­ture is very bright for the well-re­spected mar­ket lead­ing brand.” -- Aus­tralasian Tim­ber, Septem­ber 2014 is­sue

“We have come a long way since the hum­ble be­gin­nings of the trusty C4000 with a ma­chine avail­able in the range to suit al­most ev­ery ap­pli­ca­tion. “With new mod­els be­ing re­leased and the cur­rent prod­uct line be­ing con­stantly up­dated the Com­bilift range cov­ers more and more of our cus­tomer’s ma­te­ri­als han­dling needs.” -- Chris Walker, Com­bilift’s Gen­eral Man­ager in Aus­tralia

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