Irish manufacturer Combilift first made its name in the materials handling sector when it launched its initial product, the C4000 – the world’s first IC engine powered all-wheel drive multi-directional forklift – in 1998. In the 20+ years since, the company has grown at an unparalleled pace, introducing two new models a year on average. Now acknowledged as an innovative pioneer in its sector, Combilift exports its groundbreaking, customised products to 85 countries.
Early models were designed for the safe, space saving and productive handling of long and bulky loads, and these multidirectional trucks, with capacities from 2.5t upwards, still constitute a major part of Combilift’s yearly production. As the portfolio has expanded, Combilift has stayed true to its original ethos whilst introducing trucks for pallet handling and narrow aisle operation such as the Aisle Master articulated forklift.
More recently, the Combilift designers turned their attention to pedestrian operated trucks, and now offer a wide range of these which are particularly suited to the demands of wholesale and back of store operations. Many companies are looking to replace ride-on forklifts with pedestrian operated ones wherever possible: their lower speed enhances health and safety procedures, particularly in areas where other personnel or members of the public may be present. It is also quick and cost effective to train operators to use these trucks which is a further advantage. Cold store versions are also available if required.
Combilift’s first pedestrian models were the Combi-WR and its multidirectional counterpart the Combi-WR4. These have lift capacities of 1,450kg, come with lift heights according to individual requirements and are the only pedestrian reach stackers able to work in aisle widths of just 2m pallet to pallet. These were followed by the 1,000kg Combi-CS counterbalance stacker, and 2018 saw the introduction of the heavier duty Combi- PPT powered pallet truck which has capacities from 3,000kg up to 16,000kg.
A key feature of all of these models is Combilift’s unique, patented multiposition tiller arm. This can be turned to the left or right, allowing the operator to remain at the side, providing full visibility of the load and forks and enabling greater awareness of the surroundings. This sideways position eliminates any crush risk when the operator is working in narrow confines, guaranteeing the highest levels of operational safety.