Hyster has launched four powerful 16-18 tonne fork lift trucks designed to save fuel in heavy steel, concrete and pipe handling operations.
"16-18 tonne loads tend to be bulky and often don't fit on standard pallets," explains Chris van de Werdt, sales manager big trucks, northern Europe. "Attachments, live loads and extremely wide loads may be common at these capacities.”
For 16,000kg operations, the new Hyster H16XM-12 provides full rated capacity at a 1,200mm load centre, while the H16XM-9 offers a 900mm load centre. Similarly, for heavier 18,000kg applications, Hyster has launched the new H18XM-7.5 and H18XM-9. All models offer the flexibility to extend the load centre and feature a short 3.75m wheelbase helping operations where space is limited.
These trucks have been developed using the latest technology from Hyster, resulting in up to 20% fuel savings for customers.
The engine complies with the latest Stage Tier 4i/Stage IIIB legislation without either a DEF (AdBlue) or a Diesel Particle Filter. Two operating modes are available; ECO-eLo mode optimises fuel efficiency by reducing the maximum engine speed and HiP High Performance Mode is the standard operating mode.
In addition to the Cummins engine technologies, Hyster has optimised performance with cooling on demand and load-sensing hydraulics (power on demand).
"The hydraulic system is highly efficient delivering oil flow only when required. This means it saves fuel, it runs quieter and helps extend the life of major components," he says. "In fact, the oil and filters last longer, and hoses, seals and components wear less, prolonging their working life."
The high-performance power train is also highly reliable, featuring engine and transmission protection, and the oil-immersed (wet) disc brakes help further support a total lower cost of operation.
"These lift trucks were developed, tested and refined to provide outstanding performance and reliability in pipe handling, general cargo, break bulk, lumber, steel, concrete and other heavy industries," he says.
"They are stable forklifts when handling the heaviest loads thanks, in part, to the wide, heavy duty drive axle," Chris explains. "We have also achieved less mast deflection than comparable products".
There are multi-purpose, integral or hook-type, sideshift, fork positioning carriages with a range of different "quick disconnect" fork and front-end attachments (including coil rams). To reduce maintenance, wear pads are used instead of rollers to eliminate point loading.
The mast is rigid and tough, yet offers enhanced visibility for the operator, giving a clear view of the forks and load.
Load-sensing power steering provides low-effort operation and the smooth auto-shift transmission enhances operator comfort by virtually eliminating jerk and provides true inching capability.
"These machines are designed to be operated by drivers of all shapes and sizes," he says, explaining that it is part of the latest generation of the Hyster Big Trucks featuring the Hyster “Vista” cab, which offers an outstanding range of standard ergonomic features, plus excellent all-round visibility, to ensure ease of operation.
"For the driver, there is easy access, convenient controls and a spacious cab providing a comfortable working environment in all weathers to increase and sustain productivity," he says.
Noise levels are reduced on the outside and cabin interior noise is among the lowest in the industry, helping to enhance driver alertness and productivity.
"This truck is not only good for the operator, manager and financial controller, it is easier to service and has longer service intervals," he adds.
All Hyster products are supported worldwide by a network of highly trained dealers providing expert, responsive local service.