New Hyster trucks promise fuel savings

The new Hyster H18-23XM-12EC empty container handlers are said to offer fuel savings of up to 25% The new Hyster H18-23XM-12EC empty container handlers are said to offer fuel savings of up to 25%
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Hyster has introduced a new 5 to 8 high empty container handler, said to reduce fuel consumption by 25% compared to previous models and others in the industry.

The new Hyster H18-23XM-12EC empty container handlers feature the latest Cummins QSB 6.7 engine and a 5 speed ZF transmission with a fifth gear that acts like an overdrive and lowers engine RPM by 30% whilst keeping the same drive speed. The powerful empty container handlers also have load sensing hydraulics which allows a high lifting speed at low RPM.

Overall, Hyster says the new Stage IV / Tier 4 final trucks will help operations reduce their fuel bill significantly, without loss of performance.

"The new 5-8 high Hyster empty container handlers are designed and built for the operational needs at terminals looking beyond 2020," said Chris van de Werdt, sales manager - Hyster Big Trucks. "They are fast and accurate delivering exceptional reliability where equipment availability is operation critical."

The new Hyster range offers nine different engagement system options, designed for handling single containers or for the increasing trend of double handling. The will stack up to eight containers high and helps to reduce cycle times when loading lorries, bringing two boxes down onto a truck, then lifting the top container ready for the next. It is also quick to reduce stack size when high wind speeds are expected.

"As container slot capacity grows worldwide, an increasing number of empty containers are usually expected to fit into the same yard space, quickly," Mr van de Werdt added. "The result is higher stacks, a significant increase in double handling and an extra shift a day in some cases.”

With engine, transmission and hydraulic protection systems, Hyster says its new trucks ensure good reliability in the most demanding port and terminal operations, whether in sub-zero or tropical conditions, with oil-immersed brakes, a 'cooling on demand' system and other features.  

Terminals are seeing higher volumes of different container widths which don't usually present a problem for gantry crane, reachstacker or straddle carrier 'top' lifts, but can cause problems for some empty container handlers which handle from the side. Hyster has overcome this problem with systems that easily adjust from 2.44m to 2.50m, and sometimes 2.60m widths for single handling, and can provide systems “to suit all needs”.

Hyster says this latest model also offers faster service, low noise levels, improved visibility and low centre of gravity.

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