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Combi-MR4 Dynamic 360

The New Combi-MR4 Forklift Features Dynamic 360° Steering

March 15, 2022
Dynamic 360° steering enables operators to manipulate the truck’s positioning and orientation without the need to stop and change driving mode.
Since Combilift launched its first C8000 model in 1998, multidirectional capability has been one of the major hallmarks of the company’s wide range of handling solutions. Twenty-four years and thousands of R&D hours later, its latest product takes multidirectional capability to the next level. The Combi-MR4 Dynamic 360° is a 4-wheel electric-powered multidirectional reach-truck, which incorporates Combilift’s new Dynamic 360° steering. The Dynamic 360° steering provides rotation on each wheel, enabling directional change of the truck while on the move. The system allows the forklift to work in forward, sideward and crab steer mode.

The impetus for the development of this latest addition to Combilift’s portfolio was to develop a multi-directional truck, with a low platform to maximize storage density. The Combi-MR4 is available in two unique models, with capacity ranges up to 10,000 pounds, and can operate in aisles as narrow as eight feet. To maximize all vertical storage space in racking systems, the wheel configuration of two drive wheels at the rear and two sets of smaller dual front wheels provides a platform height as low as 15 inches. 

In keeping with Combilift’s common overall design ethos, the Combi-MR4 can handle long loads as well as palletized goods with ease, the manufacturer says. Driver comfort and safety are priorities, from an ergonomic point of view this is provided with a high visibility stand up or sit-down operator cabin, AC-electric power steering, multi-function joystick controlling hydraulic mast functions and travel direction. The articulated rear axle with two rear rubber drive wheels provides optimum traction for outdoor use, while still ensuring nimble and accurate truck placement. 

To achieve this level of manoeuvrability, Combilift utilized its newly developed-in-house Dynamic 360°  steering. This novel steering concept enables operators to manipulate the truck’s positioning and orientation without the need to stop and change driving mode. Intuitive and easy-to-operate, this is achieved by simply twisting the control joystick clockwise or counter-clockwise to adjust the wheel positions simultaneously – providing crab steering and allowing direction change on-the-go. “With Combilift’s continued commitment to innovation, aiding customers to handle their materials safely and efficiently is our priority,” said Martin McVicar, Combilift’s CEO.