Leading global industrial truck manufacturer Linde Material Handling has launched new reach truck models for both indoor and outdoor use in the 1.4 to 2 tonne capacity category. Equipped with large super-elastic tyres and featuring increased ground clearance compared to standard versions, these reach trucks can cope well with uneven or wet surfaces and are therefore ideally suited for loading and unloading road vehicles; as well as for use on ramps, or servicing racking in outdoor areas.
This flexibility makes these Linde reach trucks with super elastic (SE) tyres highly suitable, for example, for builders’ merchants, garden centres or DIY stores. Here items such as paint, tiles and electrical appliances are stored inside, however building materials, gardening supplies and plants are kept outdoors. In other areas, for example food retailers, third party distributors, building material manufacturers and companies in the primary metals and beverage industries, robust reach trucks can avoid the need for additional truck types to provide the interface between the warehouse, goods receiving and shipping areas. Using this kind of truck in these areas can also lead to an increase in productivity.
To meet these application requirements, the new Linde R14G-R20G reach trucks feature load wheels with a diameter up to 458mm, super-elastic tyres and a ground clearance of 168mm. In addition, they have a wider chassis, a larger wheelbase and wider reach legs than conventional ‘indoor only’ reach trucks. The elevated seating position can be easily accessed by the operator via an additional step on the chassis.
On uneven surfaces the special drive unit suspension system and the air suspension seat deliver benefits to the operator. The seat automatically adjusts its suspension travel depending on the operator’s weight ensuring the optimum level of comfort and support. Moreover, the upper chassis and operator’s workstation is isolated from the lower chassis providing additional protection to the operator against shocks and vibrations from rough driving surfaces. Equipped with a 6.5 kW AC drive motor, these reach trucks are capable of a maximum speed of 14 km/h to deliver exceptional productivity.
Available in three different performance modes, the trucks offer a choice between maximum handling capacity and minimum power consumption. And they come with numerous options too: For example, the torsion-resistant tilting masts are available in either standard or triplex format. Both versions offer the operator excellent visibility of the working environment and lift heights are available up to 7,700 mm for maximum flexibility.
The trucks can be equipped with a range of modular weather protection options. The simplest version has a safety glass screen on the mast side. A further option equips the truck with additional glass windows at the sides and the full weather protection version comes with a glazed door, cab lights, heated front and rear screens as well as a bumper to protect the door. All versions of the weather protection cab feature a 28mm reinforced glass roof as standard and, depending on the model, wipers and washers for all screens. The windshield door is another optional feature. Even without glass windows, it enhances comfort, as it protects the operator’s legs from cold drafts enhancing his motivation and comfort.
Linde Material Handling GmbH, a company of the KION GROUP AG, ranks among the world’s foremost makers of forklift and warehouse trucks and is the market leader in Europe. In addition, the company today offers its know-how, gained during decades of developing and manufacturing electric drive systems, to external customers for a wide variety of applications. As an international company, Linde Material Handling operates production and assembly plants in all important regions worldwide, and has a global sales and service network with offices in over 100 countries. In the fiscal year 2013, Linde Material Handling employed approximately 13,800 people worldwide and generated annual sales of EUR 2.881 billion.