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During the course of this year, Liebherr will introduce a total of eight new telescopic handler models in 26 different versions to the global market. Available in two model lines, the range will offer lifting heights from 6m to 10 m. By Munesu Shoko.

Lifting across multiple applicationsAt its international press event attended by Capital Equipment News in Austria late last year, Liebherr announced that as of January this year, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) will introduce an extensive line of telescopic handlers that will address the needs of several customer groups. The eight new models, available in 26 different versions, will be available in two model lines, comprising the top-of-the-range models for materials handling or production applications (identified by the suffix S), as well as the simple, cost-optimised value models for stacking and lifting applications.

“As of January, we will be producing three 7 m models with a load bearing capacity of 3,2 t; 3,6 t; and 4,1 t; as well as one 6 m model with a load bearing capacity of 3,5 t and one 10 m model with a load bearing capacity of 3,3 t,” says Martin Laengle, MD of Sales – Liebherr-Werk Telfs GmbH.

Two additional 7 m models with load bearing capacities of 4,6 t and 5,5 t will follow during the course of 2018. “A 9 m model with a load bearing capacity of 6 t will complete the extensive range of the new Liebherr telehandlers for the time being,” adds Laengle.

Machines in detail

Driving the new generation of the Liebherr telehandlers are the preferred Deutz engines. With a displacement of 3,6 l with 74 or 100 kW, as well as a displacement of 4,1 l with 115 kW of power, the Deutz motors are said to have been optimised to offer sound performance and fuel consumption. For developed markets, the engines comply with Stage IV/Tier 4 Final emission standards, thanks to the diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and selective catalytic reduction.

For unregulated markets or those with lower regulation emissions, Liebherr will offer engine solutions that are suited to those operating conditions. “To ensure compatibility with lower diesel grades, we will also offer telescopic handlers in emission Stage IIIa for markets that are barely regulated, or are not regulated at all, staggered over time,” says Laengle.

Hydrostatically driven, the new telescopic handlers have a maximum speed of 40 km/hour. “As an alternative, versions with throttled speeds of 20 or 30 km/h are available,” says Laengle. With operational costs in mind, the new range is braked without wear due to the hydrostatic drive’s self-stoppage function. Meanwhile, Liebherr’s Hill Assist function, which comes as standard, ensures safety and maximum driving comfort when travelling over uneven ground thanks to the automatic activation of the parking brake.

The machines’ performance is said to have been improved as a result of the complete redesign of the hydraulics. “As an alternative to the established working hydraulics in the value models, we have equipped the S models with high-performance hydraulics,” explains Laengle. “A powerful load sensing working hydraulic pump with an oil output of 160 l/min and a control block with load-independent flow rate distribution enable overlapping working movements, ensuring dynamic and rapid operating cycles.”

More features

For increased versatility, different machine hitches are offered for all models in the new generation of Liebherr telescopic handler models ex-works. In addition to the Liebherr quick coupler, several other quick couplers compatible with machine hitches from other OEMs, including Claas, Manitou, Kramer, JCB and Volvo, are also available. “This means that customers can also use their existing tool attachments from other manufacturers on the Liebherr telescopic handlers,” says Laengle.

In line with today’s machine designs where feedback from customers informs the design process, Liebherr says application-specific user requirements were used as crucial design criteria for its new generation of telehandlers. Greater visibility, as well as intuitive and convenient operation, were particularly of special focus during the design process. “The machines’ design guarantees ideal visibility of the load to the front, as well as to the side and the rear. This helps with high machine productivity and ensures optimum safety,” says Langle.  

Visibility is particularly achieved through the very low linkage point of the telescopic boom and by the edges, which slope outwards, and therefore the engine bonnet which follows the line of sight. With an all-round windscreen and the narrow internal ROPS/FOPS guard which is adapted to the line of sight, the cab contributes to providing the best view of the load.

Based on Liebherr’s understanding that a comfortable operator is a productive one, several design aspects pay attention to intuitive operation, comfort and ergonomics. “The 5-in-1 joystick installed in the value models, or the multifunctional joystick integrated into the S models, enables all essential operating functions to be carried out using single-arm operation to allow the driver to focus on the steering wheel at all times,” says Laengle, adding that this significantly contributes to efficient and safe working.

These features were recently recognised when the new T46-7 model was awarded two design prizes even before its official market launch. The German Design Council named the model as the winner of the renowned “German Design Award 2018” in the transportation category, especially for its ideal visibility and dynamic appearance. It also won the “Red Dot Product Design Award 2017”. 

Meanwhile, a wide range of options allows the new telescopic handlers to be configured for specific applications. For example, Liebherr offers ex-works a reversible fan for cleaning the radiator and additional safety guards or covers for the travel drive and main frame. This is complemented by several other features such as the automatic pressure relief of the working hydraulics to make replacing tool attachments simple; an additional hydraulic circuit for actuating further functions on the boom head; as well as a separate control option for the hydraulic oil flow rate in the working hydraulics.

Strategic partnership

Liebherr also entered into strategic sales partnership to further increase its telehandler market reach. In March 2015, Liebherr entered into an OEM partnership with the Claas Group. The collaboration entails the development, production and supply of significant quantities of telescopic handlers through the Claas distribution network.

Laengle says the agreement with Claas expands the OEM’s sales potential, especially into the agricultural sector, in addition to its traditional target segments of the construction sector. “The first telehandlers of the new generation will be delivered to Claas in January 2018,” concludes Laengle.

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