New Hyundai heavy line forklifts aim to put operators in control

HYUNDAI Material Handling has launched a new range of heavy line diesel forklift trucks, comprising ten models with lift capacities of 7-30 tonnes.

The manufacturer said the machines feature an ‘improved’ cab environment with more space and visibility, EU Stage V Hyundai and Cummins engines, and the option of HiMate telematics.

The range follows last year’s  launch of the lighter models in the diesel forklift line-up.

Designed after consultation with customers, Hyundai’s next generation forklift cab features a revised console layout and a smaller steering wheel, to deliver increased working space for operators. A one-piece constant radius windscreen provides improved forward visibility without edge distortion, while fully glazed doors contribute to a reduced in-cab noise level.

The new load sensing main control valve is described as providing increased control, with fingertip levers delivering improved response to operator input. As an option, users can choose for an air suspended or swivel seat which can be rotated 20° to the left and 10° to the right. For models from 12T and up the premium seat has both air suspension and swivel.

With an electrically powered side-tilting cab structure, Hyundai revealed access to the powertrain is ‘simplified’ for ease of regular maintenance. Fuel filter life has been extended from 500 to 1,000 hours, while long-life hydraulic oil means change intervals can be extended to 5,000 hours.

“We have really listened to the needs of our customers to develop these heavy line machines,” said Christopher Thompson, head of sales at Hyundai Materials Handling. “These new forklifts deliver an improved driver’s ‘office’ in the cab and increased access through HiMate in the fleet manager’s office. Our next generation forklifts put the operator and the fleet manager in control.”