The Versatile Fuchs MHL340 Material Handler Boasts a Powerful Engine, Long Reach, and 'Eco Mode' Operation

To lower long-term operating costs, the MHL340 E handler features three-stage engine ‘Eco Mode’ operation to significantly cut fuel consumption.

Thu April 21, 2016 - National Edition
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To lower long-term operating costs, the MHL340 E handler features three-stage engine ‘Eco Mode’ operation to significantly cut fuel consumption.
To lower long-term operating costs, the MHL340 E handler features three-stage engine ‘Eco Mode’ operation to significantly cut fuel consumption.

The Fuchs MHL340 E material handler boasts a powerful and fuel efficient 173 hp (129 kW) turbocharged diesel engine, offering the power required to handle the most difficult tasks while saving on fuel costs. Operations can equip the MHL340 E with multiple boom and stick configurations for up to a 44.9-ft (13.7-m) reach, including a 40-ft (12.2-m) multi-purpose stick built with a stick-mounted hydraulic cylinder to allow up and down movement of the attachment, increasing efficiency in sorting applications. Its combination of power and long reach makes the versatile MHL340 E material handler a preferred model for a broad range of indoor and outdoor applications, including work at scrap metal feeder yards, municipal solid waste (MSW) processing at recycling/recovery facilities (MRFs), and sorting material at transfer stations.

To lower long-term operating costs, the MHL340 E handler features three-stage engine 'Eco Mode' operation to significantly cut fuel consumption. Conveniently controlled on the machine's multifunction button panel, this exclusive feature allows the operator to match engine speed and power to the task at hand. For heavy-duty applications like loading and unloading trailers, the operator can select full 'Power Mode.' When encountering less demanding tasks such as sorting material, the operator can select 'Eco Mode' to reduce engine RPM by 12% and fuel consumption by up to 27% or 'Eco+ Mode' to reduce engine RPM by up to 19% and fuel usage by up to 36%.

The MHL340 E handler's high-performance two-circuit hydraulic system increases main hydraulic pump capacity compared to previous versions, improving efficiency and machine responsiveness. Both the engine and hydraulic system include large cooling systems protected by vented panels that provide clear airflow, so the material handler runs cooler in high ambient temperatures.

Its hydraulically height-adjustable cab gives operators a maximum eye-level elevation of up to 17.7-ft (5.4-m) above ground level, simplifying loading and unloading operations. The cushioned cab elevation system provides absorption of shocks and jolts for operator comfort.

Inside the spacious cab, ergonomically positioned controls improve operator productivity and comfort. A large high resolution/high contrast Wide Video Graphics Array color display features an antiglare shield and scratch-resistant coating for easy viewing in direct sunlight and improved durability. Color video of the work area behind the machine is captured by the standard rearview camera and shown on the monitor for easy viewing by the operator. Intuitive controls, including quick-access push buttons for frequently used functions, make for a short learning curve of MHL340 E handler operation, and the ergonomic multifunction button delivers effortless fingertip navigation through the display screens.

The machine's convenient stow-away ladder offers quick access to the engine, central lubrication system and large area platform of the upper carriage service deck. The large coolers for the engine and hydraulic system are lockable and readily accessed from ground level. Additional CAN Bus connections expand diagnostic capabilities, so service technicians can quickly identify and address underlying issues.

Offering four-wheel drive, the Fuchs MHL340 handler has a 12.4 mph (20 km/hr) maximum speed to quickly move around the yard, while its 27-degree steering angle helps to efficiently maneuver around obstructions. A double-row slewing ring design disperses forces over two rows of bearings to improve component service life and durability. Inverted hydraulic boom cylinder mounting and rigid hydraulic pipes located on the stick, boom and undercarriage offers superior protection against damage.

The Fuchs MHL340 E material handler will be on display at the ISRI 2016 Convention and Exposition at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. from April 4-6. Attendees are invited to stop by Fuchs booth #A12 and speak to representatives about the new handler and other equipment on display.

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