Making a 33-year-old machine competitive again with a new engine

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Some might consider a 33-year-old Gradall 534B material telehandler to be past its sell-by date. But when this machine had its original 4-cylinder factory-fitted prime mover replaced with a brand new Cummins F3.8 Performance Series diesel engine, it breathed new life into the whole vehicle, improving its handling, power and reliability, as these operatives from Southland Construction testify. The F3.8 has power rated from 100-173 hp (75-130kW) and is Tier 4 Final and Stage V compliant.

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Tom Stone is Editor of the iVT brand – which includes digital and print editions of a quarterly magazine and the Advanced Lift-truck supplement, as well as ivtinternational.com, which is updated daily. Tom has met and interviewed some of the world's leading industrial vehicle OEM presidents, CEOs and MDs, and takes great pride in cementing iVT's place as the leading forum for debate within the industry, a reputation that his been built up over the brand's 25-year history.

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