While Komatsu is already the world’s second largest producer of construction equipment, the new Komatsu FH Series forklifts are making a huge impact in many other applications, as well.
S&L Liftmasters is proud to be a Komatsu dealer, a company known for reliability, quality and excellence. The new Komatsu FH Series diesel forklifts offer many advantages over conventionally-designed forklifts, including a 30% reduction in fuel costs when compared to current models.
Currently, there are four models in the Kotmatsu FH Series to choose from: FH35 (8,000 lb.), FH40 (9,000 lb.), FH45 (10,000 lb.) and FH50 (11,000 lb.). All models have a load center of 24 inches.
Let’s take a hard look at some of the advantages of Komatsu’s new FH series forklifts.
The FH Series forklift uses Komatsu’s field-proven Hydro-Static Transmission (HST) and Closed-center Load Sensing System (CLSS) technology, coupled with Komatsu’s new diesel engine that meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final Standards. Unlike conventional forklift models that use the engine to power lifting hydraulics, the FH Series has a hydraulic system separate from the engine.
With conventional IC models, the operator must increase the speed of the engine to get lift and use an inching pedal to control speed, which adds wear and causes unnecessary heat and wasted engine output. With HST, travel speed is not directly related to lifting speed and the transmission works more efficiently, reducing environmental impact, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as lessening operator fatigue.
The CLSS variable displacement pump works in conjunction with HST and offers much less fuel consumption, while greatly improving ease of operation. On conventional models, the fixed displacement gear pump transmits certain volumes of fluid, even when not needed, wasting energy and fuel. The variable displacement pump does not transmit fluid when the machinery is not operating, instead matching fluid to operating speeds and load handling.
With a hydraulic motor driving the wheels, this continuously variable transmission offers many advantages that conventional vehicles cannot offer:
Other advantages with the Komatsu FH Series include new operator safety and comfort features and increased ability to monitor equipment and usage. At S&L Liftmasters, we know one of your concerns is the safety of your employees and equipment. Some of the new features include:
The Komatsu FH Series also comes equipped with the KOMTRAX Wireless Equipment Monitoring System, a standard feature that allows remote equipment and fleet monitoring in real time. As you know, understanding where your equipment is and what it is doing is one excellent way to maximize your productivity and make decisions related to highest use of resources. With KOMTRAX, you can:
These features allow owners to analyze costs and improve bottom line results. Daily, monthly and annual reports provide important feedback and analysis, so you can make better scheduling and management decisions. You’ll always know where your machines are – KOMTRAX uses a network of global positioning satellites, discouraging theft and unapproved usage.
It’s safe to say that with the new Komatsu FH Series, you will be looking at an exciting new way to increase and expand your control over your resources. As your trusted Komatsu dealer in San Antonio and surrounding areas, S&L Liftmasters encourages you to come in and take a look at this new FH Series.
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