Counterbalanced lift trucks deliver Hyster performance

  • 18-Jan-2008 03:23 EST
Available in cushion tire and pneumatic tire configurations, Hyster’s S80-120FT and H80-120FT Fortis sit-down counterbalanced lift trucks can be tailored to a specific application and work environment with the selection of one of three preconfigured powertrain bundles.

Hyster’s upgraded S80-120FT and H80-120FT lines of sit-down, counterbalanced lift trucks combine a robust powertrain with industrial-strength hydraulics, a re-engineered cooling system, and ergonomic features. According to Hyster, the Fortis line’s advanced features allow operators to decrease downtime by as much as 30%.

Available in cushion tire (S80-120FT) and pneumatic tire (H80-120FT) configurations, the Fortis line of lift trucks can be tailored to a specific application and work environment by selecting one of three available packages: Fortis, Fortis Advance, and Fortis Advance+. Three preconfigured powertrain bundles are also available: standard electronic powershift, DuraMatch, and DuraMatch 2.

The counterbalanced lift trucks are powered by a General Motors 4.3-L V6 engine that is monitored and controlled by an onboard Pacesetter VSM computer. Auto deceleration automatically slows the truck when the accelerator pedal is released, which helps to extend brake life, and optional oil-cooled wet disc brakes can help to further reduce brake maintenance. A controlled power reversal feature helps to eliminate tire spin, which increases tire life by up to 50%, according to Hyster.

Hyster isolated the powertrain of its counterbalanced lift trucks to help avoid operator fatigue by minimizing the effect of powertrain vibration and road-borne shock. Additional ergonomic features include an adjustable steering column and 12-in (305-mm) steering wheel with spinner knob for improved steering response, rear drive handle, optional full suspension seat, and improved brake pedal layout.

A CAN bus communication system helps to reduce maintenance time by providing real-time diagnostics plus reduced wiring and electrical connections. Onboard diagnostics and easy access to serviceable parts reduce repair time and extensive part swapping. An optional EZXchange facilitates easy LP tank replacement using an LP tank bracket that swings out from over the top of the counterweight and a gas-spring-assisted fuel cylinder that lowers into a reclined and locked position.

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