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Powerful forklift released to tackle heavy loads

07 November 2019

Clark has extended its range of counterbalance forklifts with the C80D900 – a diesel truck with a load capacity of eight tons at 900mm load centre.

The C80D900 has been designed with Clark’s 'built-to-last' concept, which stands for solid, functional design with high-quality components. This includes a fully welded frame, and lifting gear with an eight-roller fork carriage with four side support rollers. The lifting cylinder and the lifting hydraulics are said to ensure gentle, low-noise load handling at lifting heights of up to 6,030 mm (with triplex uprights).

Clark has designed the forklift to be much more robust for intensive deployment with heavy loads: the vehicle has a redesigned drive axle, the frame and upright have been reinforced, and the counterbalance has been made 500kg heavier.

The Deutz TD 3.6 l engine, developing 55.4 kW at 2,300 rpm and a maximum driving speed of up to 29.4 km/h, ensures powerful acceleration and reliable operation. The vehicle is fitted as standard with a fully automatic 3-speed gearbox ('Power Shift'). That enables a smooth, instantaneous gearshift and safe maneuvering. Because the engine, gearbox and drive axle are all decoupled, vibration and noise are reduced to a minimum. 

Like all the forklifts in this series, the standard C80D900 is fitted with low-maintenance wet multi-disc brakes.

Driver comfort

Driver comfort begins right away when you climb on board: the driver can access his ergonomic workplace easily and safely via two large, low-level steps. The footwell is very spacious, so that the driver also has enough room when wearing industrial safety boots. The tiltable steering column and comfort seat can be adjusted individually. The driver can operate the forklift intuitively with the control levers, which are arranged ergonomically on the hood, and the driving pedals, which are in the same order as they would be in a car. Mini-levers are also available as an option. The large colour display with access to maintenance and service settings keeps the driver informed about all the important driving parameters. Easily accessible storage compartments complete the driver's workplace.

All-round view

For a forklift with a load capacity of eight tons, the C80D900 distinguishes itself by its comparatively sleek lifting gear profile. It also has large wide-vision windows on all sides. These give the driver excellent all-round vision and an unrestricted view of the load and the fork carriage. This is made possible by the well thought-out layout of the chains and hoses on the lifting gear. To ensure good vision with triplex uprights too, Clark has fitted this truck with two primary cylinders. For work in very confined spaces and critical areas of the warehouse, safety is improved by the optional reversing camera or the new 360-degree camera system Clark SafeView@360.

These vehicles are available with the Clark fork adjuster and an integrated side shifting device. For the transport of sensitive goods, hydraulic accumulators are used. A wide range of additional equipment is also available for the C80D900 diesel forklift: for example a fully enclosed cab with air conditioning, the Clark Vertical Mast System (VMS) to return the upright to a vertical position at the push of a button, an audio system with MP3, quick-release couplings, various different driver's seats, seat belt monitoring and an orange safety belt, SE tires that leave no marks, full LED illumination and a blue safety lamp when driving forwards and/or in reverse.