Case gets rough with its forklifts

  • 16-Aug-2012 09:08 EDT
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The new Case 586H and 588H rough terrain forklifts offer enhanced fuel economy and productivity along with "industry-leading" lift speed and dependable, high-performance lift capacities.

Case Construction Equipment's new 586H and 588H forklifts are powered by Tier 4 Interim diesels that use cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) technology and a diesel particulate filter. Both forklikfts use turbocharged engines rated at 78 net hp (58 kW) that deliver a minimum 5% increase in fuel efficiency and faster response times than previous models, while meeting current emissions standards.

Designed to operate in a variety of terrains, the forklifts feature optional four-wheel drive, standard differential lock, 60° of mast tilt, and optional load control to safeguard loads at travels speeds up to 24 mph (39 km/h). For operations in confined areas, both models feature a narrow, zero-tail swing design as well as an industry standard ITA Class 3 carriage and forks, allowing a wide range of aftermarket attachments.

With a standard 15-ft mast, the 586H forklift has a minimum operating weight of 13,228 lb (6000 kg), lift capacity of 6000 lb (2722 kg), and lift speed of 107 ft/min (0.55 m/sec). The 588H features a minimum operating weight of 15,639 lb (7094 kg), lift capacity of 8000 lb (3628 kg), and lift speed of 106 ft/min (0.54 m/sec). Both models are available with 22-ft (6.7-m) masts.

H Series forklifts offer many of the same powertrain components that are standard on the company’s industry-leading N Series loader/backhoes, including the engines and axles. Unlike the loader/backhoes, the H Series forklifts feature hydraulically actuated, wet disc brakes that do not include a power-assist capability.

“Brakes on the H Series machines provide greater operator control in the applications where rough terrain forklifts are used,” said Katie Pullen, Case Brand Marketing Manager. “Customers that operated prototype units of the new H Series forklifts told us the traditional brakes gave them a better feel for inching forward while lifting and placing loads, compared with the performance of power-assist brakes.”

The forklifts are equipped with what Case describes as a deluxe suspension seat and a spacious operating platform, keeping operators comfortable and productive on the job. Controls are easy to use, helping both experienced and novice operators move more materials.

Tapered rear hood and wide-channel dual-mast cylinders result in improved visibility for the operator. The narrow operating console increases front visibility.

Case claims the H Series forklifts help contractors maximize uptime by simplifying daily maintenance. No-tool swing-out access doors, vertical spin-on filters, and grouped, ground-level service checks streamline engine access and routine maintenance.

The outboard wet disc brake design on the forklifts enables technicians to service the brakes by removing only the outer components that are easy to access, such as the tires and rims, eliminating the need to drop the axles. This arrangement drastically decreases the time required to service the brakes. Also, the larger brake surface helps extend brake life and reduce the frequency of brake repairs.

The roller mast design, by minimizing the possibility of debris accumulation, ensures smoother lifting, longer component life, and reduced maintenance costs.

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