LINDE has released the 394 range of IC forklifts, including 4t, 4.5t and 5t versions of the 39X range of IC forklifts. They are larger versions of the original 39X.
The mast, wheels, front axle mounting, counterweight and hydraulic components are larger and the power output of the diesel engine has been increased. The 394 is turbo-charged and intercooled. The non-skid characteristics of the hydrostatic controls reduce tyre wear and running costs are minimised by eliminating expensive and maintenance-intensive parts such as the mechanical clutch, gearbox and conventional brake. The 4t to 5t models perform better than previous models, with improved capacity, quieter operation, reduced emissions, faster cycles times, a 4kW increase in power and extended maintenance intervals.
The small engine is comfortable for the operator. The cabin offers clear space for entry and exit. The two control levers for mast, fork and load movement are integrated in a wide armrest that is adjustable vertically and horizontally. The levers sit at the operator's fingertips. The electronic actuation of the hydraulics means that the effort required with either control lever is 85% less than that needed with mechanical levers while exceeding the load handling precision possible with mechanical levers.
Great attention has been paid to the elimination of vibration. The engines are resiliently mounted to the counterweight, dampening vibration at the source. The mast is mounted directly to the drive axle, ensuring that vibrations from handling of the load are transmitted straight to ground without going through the chassis. The drive axle is mounted to the chassis.
The Linde Truck Control (LTC) system provides responsiveness and precision in driving and lifting. It also keeps the engine speed at the lowest rpm necessary for each task, improving fuel efficiency, quieting running and eliminating operator involvement in managing engine speed. LTC monitors the driver's inputs and adjusts engine speed so that sufficient power will be available. The noise level has been reduced by 5dB(A).
The electronic engine management systems continuously monitor the state of the engine and automatically adjusts parameters to ensure an optimum combustion process in the engine. It is not dependent on regular maintenance intervals to ensure low emissions.
Top-mounted tilt jacks allow greater precision and control of the load while residual capacities are increased through a wider range of lift heights. The pivot points of the tilt cylinders and mast have resilient, maintenance-free mountings to cushion shocks and vibration.