Doosan launches low-cost range of IC engine forklifts

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Doosan, manufacturer of robust high performance forklift trucks, has launched the NX Plus Series – an enhanced low-cost range of four-wheel Diesel and LPG powered counterbalance forklift trucks – the successor to Doosan’s entry-level GX Series.

Designed to offer occasional users and small-to-medium size enterprises (SMEs) a reliable low-cost ‘buy new’ alternative to purchasing a second-hand or reconditioned forklift truck, the all-new NX Plus offers simple, powerful performance with lower maintenance costs than the GX Series and a significantly reduced total cost of ownership.

Higher performance

Fully compliant with Euro Stage V, both Diesel and LPG models are available across a range of capacities from 2.0 to 3.5 ton. The combination of a powerful Kubota engine, a lowered centre of gravity and a rigid transaxle facilitates smooth, safe operation on gradients of up to 25%, making the NX Plus perfectly suited to a wide variety of industrial applications.

Further aiding productivity, the gear-pump and mast regulator valve on the NX Plus are optimised to enhance lifting/lowering operations, which together with the highly responsive acceleration and top travel speed of the NX Plus, boosts work-cycle efficiency.

The steering angle on the NX Plus has been extended which increases the turning radius, making the vehicle highly manoeuvrable in confined spaces.

Safety designed in

Design excellence and safety go hand-in-hand with Doosan’s NX Plus Series. A new counterweight profile, giving a lower centre of gravity, and a strengthened mast enhance vehicle stability and operational safety. Front and rear visibility have been increased by thoughtful design of the operator compartment and counterweight, with the clever arrangement of hydraulic hoses and chains providing clear visibility through the wide-view mast.

Ease of access for the operator has been advanced by removing the tilt cylinder from the floor plate and repositioning the accelerator and brake pedals to offer better clearance. More legroom has been created too, providing greater comfort for the driver, and the pedals have been adjusted to minimise ankle fatigue.

Further safety features included with the NX Plus Series include: large entry grip bar and wide anti-slip plate for easy and safe mounting and demounting, a sizeable panoramic mirror, LED lights, an ISO 3691 hydraulic locking valve – preventing unintentional lowering and tilting of the mast – and an operator sensing system that only allows the truck to operate when the driver is seated.

Assured reliability

The NX Plus Series incorporates advanced design features that reduce noise, vibration, and heat and dust inflow, providing a comfortable ride for the operator and protecting key components from damage. Optimised airflow within the core of the vehicle increases its internal cooling capacity and by mounting the engine on an auxiliary weight, vibration is effectively absorbed and noise suppressed – extending the life of critical parts.

In addition, a dual element filter protects the engine against dust, preserving the integrity of the engine, reducing maintenance costs and increasing reliability.

Serviceability

The NX Plus Series has been designed with ease of maintenance in mind. The wide-open hood angle makes the engine easily accessible and a tool-less removable side cover provides further access. In addition, the fuse and relay are centralised for simplicity.

Built for rugged all-round performance, Doosan’s NX Plus Series is a reliable, powerful and versatile workhorse, designed with the smaller business or occasional user in mind – making it the ‘buy new’ alternative to second-hand and reconditioned vehicles.

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