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Still expands heavy range

26 February 2013

Still expands the RX 70 family with the addition of the RX 70-60/80 and the RX 70-40/50 models with load capacities between 4 to 8 tonnes.

Forklift manufacturer Still has expanded its RX 70 family. With the RX 70-60/80 and the RX 70- 40/50 the company presents the successor models to the R 70 series.

These trucks have load capacities of 4 to 8 tonnes and are designed to combine power, precision, ergonomics and safety with a compact footprint.

The forklifts use a combination of industrial engines and proven dieselelectric drive technology allowing high work speeds at low fuel consumption levels.

The exact and sensitive control of the drive and the hydraulic system, in combination with five adjustable drive programmes makes efficient use of the available power. In each of the drive programmes the top speed, the acceleration and the deceleration grades can be individually set. The driver can handle the truck alone with the accelerator pedal, the service brake is almost not needed. When the driver takes the foot off the accelerator pedal the truck brakes electrically without any wear.

The automatic stop also prevents the truck from rolling off accidentally on bumpy surfaces or when it stops on slopes.

The RX 70-60/80 can be adapted to individual applications, the multi-pallet fork, for example, allows handling of special sized pallets safely and easily.

Still UK sales and marketing director Steve Gerrard sees this as having a particular relevance for many UK companies: "The 600mm load centre is key. Look at companies that lift bricks and blocks. Many have used 2/3 tonne trucks to carry one pack per trip. Our new trucks allow these applications to carry 2 pallets.

In place of two machines you can now have one, in place of two operators you can now have one," he explains.

"Still has worked alongside major attachment manufacturers to ensure this can be achieved with no loss of efficiency.

The attachments can be fitted at the Still factories, reducing lead times." Still says there has never been so much power in so little space, especially with respect to the 6 to 8 tonne models. The narrowness of the truck (1.6m - RX 70- 60) allows movement of heavy goods in narrow aisles of less than 5 metres width.

This makes the truck one of the most agile in its class.

In terms of visibility, the cabin of the RX 70-60/80 is set off to the left. This frees the view through the mast as well as around it.

Low cylinders, large fields of vision in the overhead guard and the outer contour of the chassis provide excellent visibility in every direction. In difficult applications, such as in the paper, beverage or wood industry or simply when loading and unloading lorries this good visibility is a prerequisite for swift and safe work. The good visibility increases occupational safety and availability by reducing the risk of injuries and damages.

The trucks also feature a wide range of cabin options and cabin equipment, such as the optimum design and layout of the controls and the spacious, low vibration and noise absorbing cabin ensure comfortable work. Acceleration values of 0.31 m/s2 (RX70-60/80) and 0.47 m/s2 (RX 70-40/50) mean the models prove successful for reducing body vibrations.

The new RX 70 models also allow the environment space to breathe. The new trucks come in far below the required exhaust gas limits according to 97/68/EG level iiib. In the RX 70-60/80 an oxidation catalyst combined with a soot particle filter reduces the emission of nitric oxides by about 50% compared to the predecessor models. The emission of soot particle filters is reduced by as much as 97%, thanks to the newly developed 2.9l Deutz diesel engine.

The use of maintenance free and capsulated components, for example, the electric drive components with wear-free, three-phase technology and a wear-free lamella type brake immersed in oil extends the maintenance interval to 1000 hours of operation or 12 months. Integrated diagnostics allows warnings and fault messages to be displayed inside the cab.