Yale launches high capacity lift-truck

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Yale Europe Materials Handling has unveiled its highest capacity lift-truck yet, extending the diversity of its portfolio of machines.

Presented publicly for the first time exclusively at the This is Yale event in Germany, the GDP160EC12 becomes the latest edition to the company’s EC Series.

The new model is capable of lifting 16 metric tons at a 1,200mm load center, allowing cumbersome and odd-sized loads to be carried more effectively.

“Yale is very proud to add the GDP160EC12 to its growing range of material handling equipment,” said David Reeve, wood industry manager for Yale.

“Based on feedback from customers and dealers, every design element of this truck has been carefully considered to ensure it achieves maximum dependability in the most demanding applications. The capacity of the truck allows it to deliver outstanding performance when handling lumber, steel, concrete and other heavy loads.”

Visible benefits

The new vehicle benefits from the latest operator visibility updates and increased range of carriage options recently announced for the series.

Placement of the lifting mechanisms has been optimized, increasing the line of vision for the operator between the mast channels. The position of the channels and cross-members has also been improved allowing for more space between the channels to further support operator visibility.

Thanks to the narrow profile of the front axle, the load center line distance can be enhanced allowing the carriage to be mounted as close as possible to the drive wheels. This has created space for a heavy-duty mast while avoiding an increase in load face distance. A large curved front window and wide rear windows contribute further to enhancing operator ergonomics.

The Yale EC Series comes with 2,440mm integral forks for optimized capacity and visibility as standard and an extended range of pin or hook type carriages are available, enabling the truck to be customized to meet the needs of specific applications.

Reeve added, “Yale pin type carriages can deliver maximum capacity with maximum sideshift available in any fork position on apron-style carriages. Dual function sideshift and fork positioning (DFSSFP) carriages featuring hook type mountings are ideally suited to applications that require a quick and easy exchange between forks and attachments.

“The GDP160EC12 is both durable and versatile, making it an excellent extension of the Yale high capacity truck range. The 1,200mm load center, carriage range and optimized operator visibility are testament to the ergonomic values that run throughout the entire range of Yale equipment.”

Yale launches high capacity lift-truck

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