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A new range of 10 to 18 tonne heavy forklift trucks - the largest hydrostatic drive machines in the product range - has been launched by Linde Material Handling to coincide with the introduction of Level IIIB/Tier 4 Interim emission standards.

Linde launches new 10 to 18 tonne FLT series

Replacing the existing H100-H180 series, the new range consists of ten models powered by new Cummins engines, featuring diesel particle filters designed to reduce the particle and nitrogen oxide (NOX) emission levels by 90% and 50% respectively when compared to Level IIIA/Tier 3.

To coincide with the introduction of Level IV/Tier 4 in 2014, Linde is planning further exhaust gas after-treatment for reducing NOX emissions based on a combination of EGR (exhaust gas reduction) and SCR (selective catalytic reduction) technology.

“This new truck series combines the responsive economic Linde hydrostatic drive and operating system, with tried and tested Cummins engines which comply with the current legal requirements for reducing emissions,” said Philip Ireland, engineering director, at Linde’s Heavy Truck Division in Merthyr Tydfil.

With load centres of 600 or 1200 mm to suit a wide range of industrial applications, the trucks incorporate a number of key features. These include improved service access, an additional model variant (H100 with a 10 tonne lifting capacity and load centre of 1200 mm), a larger integrated CAN-based operator display, roller-mounted forks and universal fork carriers as well as optional step-lighting.

Series production improvements include longer standard forks (for 600mm load centre trucks), additional chassis-mounted mirrors, mud flaps, sliding windows, an adjustable steering column and a 12V socket in the driver’s cabin. The fuel tank capacity has also been increased by more than 60% to optimise extended working hours.

An important development goal to incorporate a modular design for the chassis and framework has been achieved, thereby simplifying access to service components.

The main cooling package is located to the rear of the forklift above the counterweight. Air drawn through ventilation slots on either side of the truck is passed over the engine, pulled through the cooling package and dispelled away from the engine bay and driving position. The counterweight’s modular design enables flexible product configuration so that the required residual lifting capacity can be achieved when adding ancillary lifting equipment.

The driver’s cabin can be hydraulically tilted to the side allowing access to the engine and hydrostatic drive system for servicing, while more frequently used service components are accessible via a centralised service bay. The overall height of the driver’s cabin has also been increased by 100 mm to improve visibility around the machine and facilitate easier ground-level service access.