29.10.2014

Revamped counterbalanced range delivers performance and low fuel consumption

Jungheinrich has launched the latest addition of its hydrostatically driven 3s, 4s, and 5s series of engine-powered counterbalanced forklift trucks.

Hydrostatic Drive Diesel Counterbalance DFG 425s

Thanks to a new control system, the trucks feature a high degree of energy efficiency and deliver top performance, coupled with extremely low fuel consumption.

As part of the re-engineering process, the trucks feature a new hydraulic pump which delivers exactly the right amount of oil required for the trucks’ operational hydraulics. In practice this means an increase of up to 20 percent in the efficiency of the lift and hydraulic functions.

In addition, a new engine design means that the trucks not only meet the stringent requirements of the latest European emissions directive, but offers significantly improved energy efficiency that results in a reduction in fuel consumption of around eight percent - saving money, reducing CO2 emissions and protecting the environment.

To ensure that maximum product throughput rates are achieved, the engine speed increases automatically during lifting operations. The trucks’ hydrostatic drive technology ensures steering and operational hydraulic operations are direct, precise and effortless. While five pre-set operating programs enable the driver to adjust the operational characteristics of the truck to suit the job at hand with the touch of a button.

A new compact mast means that driver's field of vision has been significantly enhanced too. Compact nesting of sections, optimised hose and chain guides as well as two openings in the crossbar, all combine to improve driver visibility by up to 85 per cent.

The design of the trucks’ control panel gives the driver an excellent view of the load and fork tips. A strut-free, safety glass window in the overhead guard affords the operator an unobstructed upward view when stacking and retrieving pallets, while the position of the counterweight ensures a clear view to the rear.

As you would expect from a Jungheinrich product, the trucks deliver a high level of safety in daily operations. Their extremely low centre of gravity – a result of a clever counterweight design and the rear axle floating over the wheel suspension - means that the trucks do not need a costly to maintain electronic stability program.

In addition to the inherent construction-related safety features, the hydrostatic drive trucks offer various optional driver assistance systems. For example, Access Control is an assistance system which allows the truck to be operated only after a set sequence of control mechanisms has been performed (closed seat switch, safety belt). Meanwhile, the Drive Control option restricts drive speed when the forklift reaches a set lift height. With the Lift Control package for safe load handling, not only is the tilt speed reduced at a set lift height but, if needed, an integrated side shift is put in a pre-set centre position and the mast tilt angle is shown to the driver on a separate display.

Craig Johnson, Marketing Manager of Jungheinrich UK Ltd, comments: "Hydrostatic drive ensures excellent driver comfort and high throughput rates, especially in intensive operations. We are sure truck buyers and operators will appreciate the tremendous value added benefits Jungheinrich has made with this range of engine counterbalanced truck models."

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