With a 35 tonne capacity and the capability of two-high stacking of standard ISO containers, with an option to be customised to handle non-ISO units, the diesel or LPG powered straddle carrier incorporates common components and many features from its four-wheel stable mates. This includes two-wheel hydrostatic drive and synchronised hydraulic steering.
Unlike conventional straddles, the new Combilift straddle adopts a three-wheel patented design (a four-wheel option is available), which is claimed to provide greater stability, with all three wheels permanently maintaining contact with the ground without the need to add suspension, even on rough and uneven surfaces. Super elastic/solid soft tyres enable operation in harsh weather conditions.
Among other advantages quoted by Combilift are that the machine has a lower ground pressure when fully loaded than reachstackers or container handling forklifts, making it suitable for operations with poor surfaces.