Finland-based Meclift Oy has extended its range of heavy-duty variable reach trucks with two new models. The ML1812R (i.e. 18t @ 1,200mm LC) has exactly the same footprint, compact dimensions and wheel size as the established ML1612R, so retains the ability to be driven inside a standard Meclift launches lift truck models container to place or pick up a load. It is fitted with the same engine (Cummins QSB6.7) and the same drive train.
There was no need to uprate the componentry, says Meclift’s development director Petri Kinnunun, because the ML1612R was designed with a higher load rating in mind. The new machines are simply in response to customer demand for more capacity for loading containers and other applications requiring a long outreach, although the ML1612R remains available.
The second new machine is the ML4212RC, which is positioned between the existing ML3012RC and ML5012R machines. The new model is capable of placing a 30t steel coil in the middle of a 20ft container at a load centre of around 3m, and the first deliveries have been made to steel shippers.
The ML4212RC is bigger than the ML3012RC, with a width of 3.78m, a length of 7.36m and a height of 3.3m, while self-weight is 50t. However, the beam structure and fork carrier still fit inside the container. The wheelbase is 1.2m longer than the ML2012RC, and the drive axle is the same as the heavy-duty axle fitted to the ML5012R, to ensure capacity and stability at the extended load centre.
The cabin is hydraulically liftable, as on all Meclift models. In the lowered position, the ML3012RC cab sits higher, as it is over the engine. Taking advantage of the ML4212RC’s longer frame, the cabin is closer to the ground, so the driver has a better view when loading a container.
Pettri Mikkunen explains that the ML3012RC can place heavy loads in the middle of a 20ft container with its 2.25m reach, while the ML4212RC can place a 10t load right against the wall end, even when the container is on a trailer. The ML1612R/ ML1812R can be used for this by being driven inside the container with the load, but only if the container has been grounded, so the new machine adds to flexibility.
Separately, Meclift has just reported its largest single order to date for its ML36CM container mover – five machines for Chittagong Port Authority in Bangladesh. The movers have a 20-40ft telescoping top beam and a vertical stroke of 1.9m to lift 1-over-trailer. They are being provided along with five Terberg terminal tractors through Meclift’s local representative Ferrytech Pte Ltd.
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This complete item is approximately 300 words in length, and appeared in the December 2016 issue of WorldCargo News, on page 20. To access this issue download the PDF here.