Liebherr to launch eight new telehandlers in 2018

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Liebherr’s new range of telehandlers for 2018 will come with lifting heights ranging from 6-10m, dynamic travel drive, fast and powerful hydraulics, and machine hitches from various manufacturers that make it easier to use existing tool attachments, and will involve sales collaboration with Claas for customers from the agricultural sector.

The eight new Liebherr machines will be available across two model lines: firstly, the top-of-the-range ‘S’ models for materials handling and production applications’ and, secondly, the ‘T’ range of simple, cost-optimized models.

Weight and power

As of January, three 7m models with a load-bearing capacity of 3.2, 3.6 and 4.1 tons; one 6m model with a load bearing capacity of 3.5 tons; and one 10m model with a load-bearing capacity of 3.3 tons, will be produced in the manufacturing plant in Telfs, Austria.

Two additional 7m models with a load-bearing capacity of 4.6 and 5.5 tons will follow over the course of the year and a 9m model with a load bearing capacity of 6 tons will complete the extensive range.

The new generation of telescopic handlers will rely on two Deutz diesel engine options – the 3.6 liter has a power output of 74kW or 100kW, while the 4.1 liter has a power output of 115kW. The engines comply with Stage IV/Tier 4 Final emission standards thanks to the diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR).

The new telehandlers have a maximum speed of 40km/h and can be braked without wear by means of the hydrostatic drive’s self-stoppage function. The “Liebherr hill assist”, installed as standard, ensures safety and maximum driving comfort when traveling over uneven ground thanks to the automatic activation of the parking brake.

New hydraulics

The machines’ performance has been improved as a result of the complete redesign of the working hydraulics. As an alternative to the established working hydraulics in the value models, Liebherr is equipping the S models with high-performance hydraulics. A powerful load-sensing working hydraulic pump with an oil output of 160 l/min and a control block with load-independent flow-rate distribution enable overlapping working movements and therefore dynamic and rapid operating cycles.

In addition to the Liebherr quick coupler, quick couplers that are compatible with the machine hitches from the manufacturers Claas, Manitou, Kramer, JCB and Volvo are also offered. The variety of machine hitches available means that customers can also use their existing tool attachments from other manufacturers on the Liebherr telescopic handlers.

Improved ergonomics and design

Application-specific user requirements were crucial to the design of the new Liebherr telescopic handlers; developers focused specifically on visibility and intuitive and convenient operation.

The machine’s new design guarantees ideal visibility of the load to the front for high machine productivity, as well as to the side and to the rear for optimum safety. This is achieved in particular by the very low linkage point of the telescopic boom and by the edges, which slope outward, and therefore the engine bonnet which follows the line of sight. With an all-round windscreen and the narrow internal ROPS/FOPS guard, which is adapted to the line of sight, the cab contributes to providing the best view of the load.

Other design aspects focus on intuitive operation, comfort and ergonomics. The 5-in-1 joystick installed in the value models, or the multifunctional joystick integrated into the S models, enable all essential operating functions to be carried out using single-arm operation, so that the driver’s left hand remains safely on the steering wheel at all times.

Even before its official market launch, the new T46-7 model (below) won two design awards. The German Design Council named this telescopic handler as the winner of the renowned German Design Award 2018 in the transportation category for its ideal visibility and its dynamic appearance. It also won the Red Dot Product Design Award 2017.

October 27, 2017

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