Gallery of Rough-Terrain Forklifts

Sept. 28, 2010

Ingersoll Rand

When Tier II engines were implemented for this equipment category in 2005, Ingersoll Rand's rough-terrain vertical-mast forklifts moved to the J Series. Both available in two- and four-wheel-drive, the 6,000-pound-capacity RT706J and 8,000-pound-capacity RT708J models utilize an 80-hp John Deere 4045 diesel engine.

Number of models: 2

Product-line features: Boasting zero tail swing and a tight turning radius, Ingersoll Rand's J Series rough-terrain vertical-mast forklifts feature large functional cabs with good visibility. The durable design of the models is backed by a standard three-year, 3,000-hour warranty.

Deere Engines Power Forklifts


New Lighter Masts Quicken Lifts

With maximum lift capacities of 6,000 and 8,000 pounds, respectively, JCB's 930 and 940 rough-terrain, straight-mast forklift models are purpose-built with a one-piece frame. A new line of high-speed Clearview and Freelift masts range from 15 to 30 feet, and are lighter in weight with larger side thrust rollers. When equipped a 22-foot Clearview mast at maximum height, lift capacities for the 930 and 940 are 3,500 and 4,400 pounds, respectively.

Number of models: 2

Product-line features: Each of the JCB rough-terrain forklifts is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine generating 76 horsepower, driven for quick, smooth operation in all terrain by a JCB SyncroShuttle transmission. The two model sizes are each available in either two- or four-wheel drive.


Established Power Provides Lift

With lift capacities of 5,000, 6,000 and 8,000 pounds, respectively, the three established G Series rough-terrain forklift models offered by Case can be equipped with two mast heights — 15 and 22 feet — to cover most applications. Other mast heights are available for special applications. For easy operation and reduced operating costs, the 585G, 586G and 588G models feature a four-speed synchronized transmission with self-adjusting, wet-disc brakes.

Number of models: 3

Product-line features: G Series rough-terrain forklifts are built with the same engine and power train as used in Case's backhoe-loaders, providing the tractive force required to work in muddy conditions or on sloped sites. The Case 4-390 engine generates 75 horsepower.

Load Lifter

Newest Model Hoists 20,000 Pounds

Most recently, Load Lifter introduced the 4400 F Series, a "true" rough-terrain performer with full power-shift transmission, four-wheel drive, and outboard planetary drive axles. Capable of lifting 20,000 pounds, this is the latest of Load Lifter's high-visibility forklifts. In addition, Load Lifter redesigned the 4400D Series forklifts with a new cab promoting visibility and safety for operators.

Number of models: 5

Product-line features: Rough-terrain forklifts from Canadian-based Load Lifter offer lift capacities ranging from 4,000 to 30,000 pounds and lift heights from 8 to 30 feet. The versatility to handle various construction, agricultural, mining, forestry, lumberand industrial applications is enhanced with rugged mainframes, powder coating and custom attachments.


Compact Units Offer Power Choice

Lauded as "the most compact forklift of its capacity available in it class," the Waldon forklift is available in three model sizes. Designed as the 5100, 6000C and 8500C models, the articulating, four-wheel-drive lift trucks range in operating weight from 9,156 to 20,335 pounds and, at maximum lift heights of about 15 feet, they register maximum lift capacities of 4,000 to 12,000 pounds.

Number of models: 3

Product-line features: Waldon's 4,000- and 6,000-pound-capacity forklifts offer a choice of engines. The Model 5100 is available with Deutz F3L912D or Cummins 4B3.9 diesels, or the gasoline- or LPG-powered Nissan H25. The 6000C is offered with the Deutz F4-L912D or Cummins 4B3.9 diesels, or the LPG-powered Hercules G-2300. The larger 8500C lift truck calls on the turbocharged Cummins 4BT3.9 diesel.


Turning Radius Key to Machines

The four models in Xtreme Manufacturing's XT-B Series of straight-mast forklifts range in lifting capacity from 6,000 to 12,000 pounds at increments of 2,000 pounds. The smaller XT60B offers a lift height of 21 feet, while the XT80B, XT100B and XT120B each reach 30 feet. For Xtreme, limiting the turning radius of the machines is a focus, and the three larger models have an outside turning radius of 13 feet 7 inches.

Number of models: 4

Product-line features: Each of the four current Xtreme straight-mast forklifts offers choices in their mast, carriage and fork configurations, as well as such options and accessories as fourth function valves, a load cushion hydraulic system, a work-light package, a rotating beacon and mirrors.

Stone Construction Equipment

Options Available for Smaller Jobs

Stone does not offer what would officially be labeled as rough-terrain forklifts, but does have industrial lift products that can be used both indoors and outdoors. Available are two models with three interchangeable mast options.

Number of models: 2

Product-line features: With a choice of ride-on or walk-behind machine operation, Stone's LJS200 model also offers operators the ability to raise and lower the forks via either a foot pedal or hand control, depending upon preference. Exclusive, spin-off hubs allow the outer tires to be removed to drive the machine through a standard door opening.

Omega Lift Manufacturing

Big Lifting Options Get Even Bigger

In the world of Omega Lift Manufacturing, there is something larger than Mega. It's called the HERC, one of the company's four different series of vertical-mast forklifts comprised of 12 core models. The Mega Series, with capacities from 8,000 to 20,000 pounds, has lift heights ranging 15 to 21 feet. If that's not enough, the massive HERC Series boasts lift capacities up to 50,000 pounds, powered by a turbocharged, 175-hp Perkins engine.

Number of models: 12

Product-line features: Omega covers all bases with its vertical-mast forklift offering. The 2X Series consists of two-wheel-steer models with lift capacities from 6,000 to 12,000 pounds, available in two- and four-wheel drive. The 44236 Series has two machines, with capacities of 6,000 and 8,000 pounds, offering lift heights up to 34 feet.


Side-Shift Masts Handle Loads

The Material Handling Division of Harlo Products offers two core rough-terrain forklift models that branch out via a range of engine and mast options, as well as a choice between two- and four-wheel drive. The HP 5000, with a lifting capacity of 5,000 pounds, is offered in Cummins or Deere power configurations. The HP 6500/8500 model, with masts capable of lifting 6,500 or 8,500 pounds, can utilize Cat, Cummins or Deere power.

Number of models: 2

Product-line features: All Harlo rough-terrain forklifts offer side-shift masts. For seasonal conditions, cabs are available as an option from the Michigan-based manufacturer, whose market ranges from forestry and agriculture to mining and construction.


Large Product Line Joins Growing Family

Now part of the vast Manitex Forklifts family along with the Schaeff, Noble and Lowry brands, the Liftking line is comprised of 24 models, including the P Series. While maintaining a small turning radius, the P Series machines are built to a 22,000-pound capacity, and even larger as specifically required. The Manitex Liftking line has introduced a roll-back engine cover.

Number of models: 24

Product-line features: With a focus on operator comfort, Liftking forklifts offer as standard a tilt steering wheel and adjustable suspension seat. With all levers and controls out of the way, easy access is possible from either side of the machine. Unusual adaptations to meet specific customer needs remain a staple of the former Liftking Industries of Toronto.

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