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Three Things to Know About the New Komatsu FH-2 Forklift Series

If you are a Komatsu material handling fan, then you already know Komatsu’s reputation for building rugged, durable and reliable forklifts with groundbreaking technology designed to save you money through lower cost of operation and less downtime. Komatsu’s FH series forklifts are popular worldwide for these values and now Komatsu has released its Tier 4 final FH-2 forklift, powered with the promise of providing the highest in strength, safety and robust features you’ve come to appreciate.

Called “construction strong,” the FH-2 series forklift operates with Komatsu’s tier 2 final engine and comes in six capacities – 8,000 lbs., 9,000 lbs., 10,000 lbs., 11,000 lbs., 15,400 lbs. and 18,000 lbs. Komatsu FH-2 series forklifts are designed to perform in all types of weather, in fast-moving and high-throughput operations and facilities that need maneuvering skills with quick loading and unloading speeds. Let’s take a look at some of the FH-2 series advantages.

Hydro-Static Transmission with Wet Disc Brakes

Komatsu’s proven HST now comes with the advantageous wet disc brakes in the FH-2 series. The HST system has established that providing a hydraulic system separate from the engine equals more efficiency while saving time and money, because unlike conventional IC model forklifts, operators do not need to increase engine speed to achieve lift or employ an inching pedal to control speed. These factors alone add up to less wear and tear and less waste on engine output, providing less downtime, less environmental impact and increased energy savings.

HST also beats out the competition by stopping “creep” on inclines and allowing operators to smoothly shift from forward to reverse without stopping.

With a beginning in the 1970s, wet disc brakes are becoming more widely used in material handling applications. With a higher ROI, less maintenance and a longer life, wet disc brakes operate in oil, unlike the dry brake conventional system that sustains greater damage over time due to high heat buildup - increasing downtime and accruing more financial costs in repairs and parts. If you haven’t looked at using wet brakes in your forklifts, you should.

Closed-center Load Sensing System

 Already incorporated into Komatsu’s award-winning line of powerful FH forklift series, the FH-2 series uses this innovative technology to provide a better way to operate your forklift. CLSS technology works hand-in-hand with Komatsu’s HST and maximizes your investment by providing less fuel costs (up to 30% less than current, conventional models) while improving operational ease. CLSS incorporates a variable displacement pump, as opposed to conventional fixed displacement pumps. The advantages of the variable pump include intuitively understanding when the machine needs less fluid (for example, when the forklift has been left running in idle for a pre-determined amount of time) and providing more fluid when the forklift needs it for increased operating speed and load handling.

Komatsu Standard Equipment Surpasses Competitor’s Options

When you purchase a Komatsu FH series forklift, you are not only investing in an award-winning piece of equipment that incorporates innovative technology and provides maximum ROI, you are getting standard equipment advantages that rival – and even surpass – competitors’ optional add-ons. Besides HST, CLSS and wet disc brake technology, Komatsu FH series forklifts come with:

  • KOMTRAX: Remote wireless equipment monitoring system that allows you to gather important data about your machine in real time, such as where machines are, what they are doing, operator performance and fuel usage.
  • Innovative Display: Dash mounted, large enough for the operator to see easily and on the FH-2, illuminated.
  • Safety Features: Including seat belt buzzer, load checker buzzer, speed buzzer – all safety features that help provide increased operator safety, while protecting your equipment.

The Komatsu FH-2 forklift comes with all the great features that make this equipment one of the best-selling in the world, plus new and innovative features that give owners even more increased ROI. Contact S&L Liftmasters to find out more about Komatsu’s FH series forklift.

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