Forklift truck manufacturer Jungheinrich has launched a new hydrostatic IC engine-powered lift truck – the 4 series. Available with hydrostatic drive to complement the existing torque converter range, the new series 4 is capable of lifting loads of up to 3500kg up to heights of 7.5 m and is available in both diesel and LPG versions.
Hydrostatic trucks are particularly suited to highly intensive materials handling operations. A hydrostatic truck is a good choice for applications involving a lot of ‘shuttling’ operations – such as lorry loading and unloading and around a busy warehouse or factory environment.
With the new hydrostatic truck, acceleration is fast and direct, while changes in direction are effortless and smooth, not to mention mechanically wear free. Even when operating outside in the wet, Jungheinrich’s new 4 series can change travel direction without wheel spinning and, with tyre wear adding significantly to the weekly cost of operating a counterbalanced truck, this feature is certain to be of interest to cost-conscious fleet managers.
The new trucks offer high stability when cornering. They feature a short chassis, a specially-designed counterweight and a high-pivot mounted steer axle – all of which combine to give the truck a low centre of gravity and dynamic stability. This means that the truck can take corners safely without the need for complex electronic components that frequently require maintenance and servicing.
The truck’s engines are supplied by Volkswagen and have been designed to offer the lowest noise levels and emissions, while returning particularly low fuel consumption. Test cycles have shown that over the course of 2000 hours of typical operation the new hydrostatic truck will save on average €1300 in fuel costs in comparison with a standard conventional converter counterbalance truck – a significant potential saving for companies running a large forklift fleet.