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New Combilift C50,000

Developments in sectors such as manufacturing, lumber and construction industries have prompted companies to look for safer and more efficient methods of handling increasingly larger loads – whether these are incoming raw materials or finished products. Combilift has responded to feedback from customers by steadily increasing the size and lift capacity of its range since its “core” C8,000 model was first developed. Following the introduction of C14,000, C17,300, and C26,000 trucks, Combilift launched its C30,000 model at the PROMAT exhibition in 2007. Combilift has now broken another size barrier with the launch of its 50,000lbs capacity model.

The C50,000 may resemble a standard Combilift – just on a much larger scale, but the implications of designing and building a truck almost twice as large as any existing model called for some innovative engineering and manufacturing solutions. The Kubota engines used as standard in the diesel powered Combilift range did not offer the required HP for a model of this size, and after a thorough analysis of the market Combilift opted for a John Deere engine. “We chose the John Deere 6068 HF not only because of its 170 HP capacity but also because we found it to be the quietest and most environmentally friendly option,”says Martin McVicar, CEO of Combilift.

A critical issue was also the platform height. The size of three single wheels required for a machine of this weight would have resulted in an unworkable platform height, but by using double wheels the platform has been kept to 4 feet off the ground. Hydraulic Fork Positioners have also been incorporated as a standard feature, much to the relief of drivers for whom it would be nigh on impossible to shift the extremely heavy forks manually. The shot blasting facility at the Monaghan, Ireland assembly plant factory was not large enough to cope with assembled parts so steel elements were treated in sections before being assembled.

For more information contact Combilift at 877 COMBI 56 or visit www.combilift.com

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