Doosan, a prominent manufacturer of robust high-performance forklift trucks, has launched a powerful new range of four-wheel electric counterbalance forklift trucks, the B45X-7 Series, offering greater durability, enhanced productivity, increased visibility and an extensive range of safety features as standard.
With four new models covering a capacity range from four to five tonnes, businesses across a broad spectrum of industry – from manufacturing, wholesale distribution and food & drink to engineering, building supplies and transport & warehousing – will benefit from the improved capability, power and performance of Doosan’s latest mid-range electric trucks. The versatility of electric power is now available in a durable and reliable vehicle, built for working long-shifts outdoors in wet or dusty conditions – making it a viable alternative to increasingly regulated IC Engine equivalents.
Durability for outside duty is assured with IP65 and IP43 rated Curtis AC controllers and motors, offering maximum resilience to water and dust. Also included as standard is Doosan’s sealed, oil-cooled disc brake system, which is virtually maintenance free and lasts up to five times longer when compared to conventional shoe brakes. The sealed units protect against outside elements such as dirt, water and grit, ensuring top-rate braking performance for enhanced safety and increased productivity.
With a tighter turning circle than its predecessor, and responsive acceleration, and a direction switch on the hydraulic control lever for switching direction of travel quickly and easily, the all-round performance of the B45X-7 Series promises a boost to productivity inside or outside the warehouse.
Safety is foremost in the design of the new B45X-7 Series. Prominent safety features include: Anti Roll Back for preventing accidental movement of the vehicle when stopped on a slope, Automatic Speed Control that adjusts the travel speed for safer cornering and an Operator Sensing System that immobilises the truck and locks all hydraulic functions when an operator leaves the cab.
Further important safety-enhancing design features from Doosan included as standard are: a clearer view through the mast, an easily accessible emergency stop button on the dashboard, a high visibility driver’s safety belt, large entry step and grab handle for easy access, LED lights and an overhead guard mounted flashing beacon.
The sleek looks of the new B45X-7 Series are combined with sound ergonomics – taking safety, driver comfort, ease of maintenance and productivity fully into account.
The cab is designed for operator comfort and to reduce fatigue, with a fully adjustable premium Grammer suspension seat as standard and excellent all-round visibility for safer manoeuvring with greater awareness. Other features are, an adjustable steering column, an easy and intuitive instrument panel and plenty of leg room.
The new design takes ease of maintenance into account too, with improved accessibility to the controller and electric components, a tool-less side panel for simple access to the
battery and easy-view software for adjusting control parameters to the operator’s wishes.
Brian Grady, Sales & Marketing Director, Doosan Industrial Vehicles UK, says: “Companies should at least be looking at the possibility of switching to electric powered forklifts as a way of reducing their costs, improving safety and cutting their carbon footprint – especially in light of the Euro Stage V emission regulations that have just come into effect on 1st January 2019.”