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NACCO Materials Handling Limited
trading as Yale Europe Materials Handling
Flagship House, Reading Road North, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 4WD, England
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 770 700 Fax: +44 (0) 1252 770 784
www.yale-forklifts.eu
Country of Registration: England. Company Registration Number: 02636775
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Safety. These trucks conform to the current EC requirements.
Specification is subject to change without notice.
Publication part no. 258985891 Rev.02
Printed in the United Kingdom (080920HG) EN
VT and VF Series
Electric Counterbalance Forklift Trucks
Contents
Overview
Ergonomics
Productivity
Cost of Operations
Serviceability
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After conducting extensive customer
research, Yale has invested heavily in
developing the VT and VF series of
counterbalance forklift trucks – the most
ergonomically advanced and productive
counterbalance forklift truck series
available on the market today.
Nobody knows how to combine people and
products to create outstanding productivity better
than Yale. Each truck in the series demonstrates
a total commitment to innovation, cutting-edge
design, comprehensive testing, advanced
components and superior manufacturing.
Yale takes great pride in ensuring everything’s
in its right place. From the design of the truck to
providing the best application solution, productivity
is improved at every opportunity. Nowhere is this
philosophy more evident than in the VT and VF
series.
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Overview
VT
VF
Three-Wheel Electric Truck
Four-Wheel Electric Truck
Yale’s range of 48 Volt three-wheel
and four-wheel electric trucks has been
designed to provide the most energy
efficient and productive solution, at the
lowest cost of ownership for the widest
range of applications. So, whatever is
your application, there is a VT or VF
truck to meet your needs.
The three-wheel VT truck is available in 23 different
configurations of lifting capacities and wheelbases.
Add to this the number of different amp hour
capacity batteries and the options available
increase further still.
For long travel distances, external applications
or where more space is available, the four-wheel
VF forklift truck combines the compactness of a
three-wheel truck with the performance normally
associated with ICE trucks. The four-wheel VF
is available in 11 different configurations of lifting
capacities and wheelbases.
Model
Capacity
kg
Wheel bases
High frame height
for high capacity and
Yale custom batteries
Side extraction
available
New clear
view mast
Three-Wheel 1500
ERP-VT
1600
1800
2000
S
S
–
–
–
M
M
M
–
L
L
L
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Four-Wheel
ERP-VF
–
–
–
M
M
–
L
L
L
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
1600
1800
2000
S = Short, M = Medium, L = Long
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Heads-up
display
Standard
rounded
grab-handle for
easy on/off
access
Clear view
mast
Standard
reverse
grabhandle
Curved
overhead
guard
Generous headroom
for operators
>194cm
Swivel seat option
Full suspension
seat with forward,
reverse and
backrest angle
adjustment
‘Flip up’ armrest as
standard
Integrated
mini-lever module
(option)
Generous footwell
space and open
right hand side*
Infinitely adjustable
steering column with
memory-tilt and telescopic
adjustment (option)
*When fitted with the mini-lever module option
Lowest single
step height in
the industry
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Ergonomics
When it comes to operators, comfort is everything
It’s the reason the new VT and VF forklift trucks have
been designed with industry-leading ergonomics
throughout. After all, the more comfortable the operator
feels, the more productive they will be. A host of classleading ergonomic features help to significantly reduce
repetitive strain injury, back, neck and thigh pain, ensuring
operators can work both comfortably and productively.
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Best-in-class operator access and
seating position
Yale VT and VF trucks have been
designed to comfortably accommodate
the smallest (<160cm) to the tallest
operators (>194cm).
Seating
Putting operator comfort in the
driving seat
Small Operator ~ <160cm
Average Operator ~ <180cm
The full suspension seat has been designed to
minimise the transmission of ground shocks,
minimising the operator’s exposure to Whole
Body Vibration levels.
Features include:
n Easy adjustment to
suit stature and
weight, providing the
correct suspension
and full operator
comfort
n Armrests as
standard
n Easy forward, reverse and tilt adjustment for
ideal seating position
n Swivel seat option for reverse driving
comfort: 12º to right and 5º to the left
n High backrest and lumbar support option for
the ultimate in comfort (available Q4 2009).
Tall Operator ~ >194cm
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“We’re always looking for enhanced
comfort in the forklift trucks we
purchase, because the more comfortable
the truck is, the more productive our
operators are”
Robert Boydell Global Commodity Manager,
Borg Warner
Mini-lever module and armrest
Steering column
Ergonomic functionality designed by experts
Adjustable design to steer you in the right direction
n
Designed to reduce stress on the operator’s
n
Infinitely adjustable through the range (26°)
arms, hands and fingers
n
Easy adjustment for the most comfortable driving posture
Integrated direction switch enables operators
n
Gas spring assisted
n
to control all the major truck functions without
n
removing their arm or hand from the armrest
n
Padded construction allows the operator to
Mounted to the cowl, to provide increased space in
the footwell area
n
Contoured for easy on/off access
n
Ergonomic options include telescopic adjust,
comfortably lean on the armrest which provides
additional comfort over long shifts
memory-tilt and synchronous steering.
n
Full integration with the seat – designed to move
simultaneously when seat is adjusted
n
Easy forward/reverse, up/down adjustment
n
Ergonomic manual-levers have been designed
with soft-touch moulding and a contoured shape,
and incorporate an integrated direction switch.
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Productivity
Ensuring everything in your
application operates beautifully
The productivity of any application is
affected by a multitude of factors: number
of pallets moved, truck reliability, operator
efficiency and ease of servicing to name
but a few. It’s only through monitoring,
controlling and measuring performance
that productivity can be truly increased
and cost of operation optimised.
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Excellent Forward Visibility
The Yale 1500kg and 1600kg trucks
feature new clear view masts for
excellent, class-leading forward visibility.
Yale masts feature innovative nested
mast channels maintaining their
legendary rigidity and durability.
With visibility increased, operators are able to work
safely and more efficiently than ever before. In turn,
load-handling efficiency is increased delivering greater
productivity.
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"When we’ve got hundreds of pallets
to be unloaded and prepared for
collection in a small amount of space,
and at predetermined times, we can’t
afford expensive delays. We need our
operators to be working effectively,
efficiently and safely at all costs".
Chris Arnold, Head of TLI (Network), GEFCO UK
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Superior Reverse Driving
Position
Many operators spend 50% or more of
their time driving backwards, a
comfortable reverse driving position is
essential to maintain productivity levels
over long shifts.
The VT and VF trucks feature a rear grab-handle
with integrated horn button, clear footwell and an
optional swivel-seat to help alleviate neck, torso
and leg strain when driving in reverse for long
periods.
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Outstanding Overall Versatility
No two applications are identical,
which is why the Yale VT and VF
trucks have been designed to offer
outstanding versatility and to surpass
the demands of the most challenging
working environments.
Powerful hydraulics, dual front-wheel AC drive,
side battery extraction and compact turning radius
are best-in-class features that help deliver
optimised load-handling efficiency.
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Heads-up display
Everything you need to know at a glance
n Quick and easy-to-read LCD screen display
positioning frees up driver field of vision for more
productive load handling
n Soft keys allow the operator to access the truck
menu and choose from four performance modes
to suit the application
n Heads-up display provides information on:
• battery charge level
• direction of travel
• hours worked
• automatic park brake
• steer wheel angle
• performance mode setting
• time
• diagnostic troubleshooting codes
A load weight indicator option is also available
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n Easily accessible onboard diagnostics help
maximise uptime
Dashboard
Automatic park-brake
Side battery extraction option
Generous storage for an uncluttered
workspace
One less thing for operators to worry
about
Quick and effective, user-friendly
battery extraction in minutes
n Storage space includes provision for a clipboard,
a drinks holder and storage pockets
The automatic park-brake is an important safety and
ergonomic feature for operators who get on and off
the truck frequently.
Side-extraction is available across the complete
VT and VF series and features:
n Light switches are also located on the dashboard
and there is provision for an optional 12V power
outlet
n For lift trucks with an integrated cabin, the wiper
motor is incorporated into the cowl maintaining
maximum operator visibility
n An electro-magnetic release brake is automatically
activated when the truck is not in motion, or when
the operator is not seated
n In addition, the automatic park-brake provides
improved controllability on ramps and grades
n An ergonomic alternative method of battery
extraction to hoisting or slinging of batteries with a
crane
n One person operation
n Easily removable lightweight side cover
n Can be used in conjunction with manual or
power-assisted solutions
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n Compact design works in the narrowest aisles
maximising the use of precious floor space
The most manoeuvrable
four-wheel lift truck in the market
n Ride Comfort: Operators generally prefer the ride
of four-wheel counterbalance forklifts, especially
over longer travel distances and uneven or
potholed ground conditions. The VF allows this
choice whilst maintaining leading manoeuverability
(AST 4).
n Extended steering-axle maximises floor space
utilisation
The VF four-wheel electric truck, features
Yale’s cutting-edge extended steeringaxle
n Provides class-leading aisle turning radius when
carrying a euro pallet (800 x 1200)
n Turning Radius: The VF provides a turning radius
comparable with that of a three-wheel truck - the
difference in the aisle turning radius of Yale’s three
How it works
3650
3638
3607
3599
3600
Aisle Width Turn (mm)
n Manoeuvrability: The extended steering-axle
provides significantly improved manoeuvrability
over conventional four-wheel truck axles. As a
result, operators have been found to experience
reduced muscle strain which can increase
productivity in applications that involve frequent
turns and manoeuvring.
3550
3500
3479
3450
3409
3400
5.0% more aisle width saved
n A unique steer-axle with increased articulation of
the steer wheels, allowing the lift truck to turn in
smaller spaces than a four-wheel counterbalance
truck with a conventional steer-axle.
3581 mm
What is it?
n The limited rotation of a conventional axle causes
the lift truck to pivot about a point outside of the
front drive wheel. The extended steering-axle
allows the steer tyres to rotate through a full 180º,
allowing the truck to pivot about a point in the
centre of the front axle resulting in a significantly
reduced turning radius.
and four-wheel medium wheel base trucks is just
79mm.
How customers benefit
VF
3350
3300
3250
Yale 16VF
Competitor 1 Competitor 2 Competitor 3 Competitor 4
Test results based on comparison of Yale 16VF
(medium wheelbase) vs. similar competitive models.
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VT
Class-leading manoeuvrability among
three–wheel trucks
Yale VT trucks provide best-in-class
manoeuvrability over the full range of 1500kg to
2000kg tonnes.
n Compact design ideal for narrower aisles application
n Provides class-leading aisle turning radius when carrying a
euro pallet (800 x 1200).
3500
3446
3442
3350
3320
3333
3339
3300
3254
3250
3200
3150
Yale 16VT
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Competitor 1 Competitor 2 Competitor 3 Competitor 4 Competitor 5
Test results based on comparison of Yale 16VT
(short wheelbase) vs. similar competitive models.
3.7%
3400
3376 mm
Aisle Width Turn (mm)
3450
Cost of Operations
High standards, low lifetime
operation costs
When considering the lowest lifetime
operating costs – periodic maintenance,
unscheduled repairs, replacement parts
and ever-increasing energy costs have to
be taken into consideration. The initial
purchase price of a truck can represent
a fraction of the overall cost. That’s why
Yale engineers have designed the VT and
VF series with world-class serviceability
and industry-leading reliability built in, to
ensure lifetime operating costs are
consistently low.
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“When I’ve purchased a truck, I want
reassurance it won’t cost me a fortune
in servicing, repairs and fuel costs.”
Mr. Jochen Meier – Director General
Huppertz ASC
Yale has always taken great pride
in manufacturing trucks
engineered to withstand the most
arduous of applications.
Yale trucks provide outstanding reliability
and ensure costs of operations remain
low.
n AC traction and pump motors: No brushes,
commutator or contactors means minimal
service is required
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n Traction motors are fully enclosed and have a
rating of IP 54 ensuring protection against entry of
water and dust. High thermal capacity means that
motors are protected against overheating in
demanding applications
n Transmissions are sealed for life, with a
transmission oil change only being required every
4000 hours
n Yale VT and VF trucks have ‘maintenance-free’,
oil-immersed wet disc brakes as standard
servicing is only required every 4000 hours.
n Intelligent cooling for controllers ensures cool
running and protection of components. IP 65
protection on controllers provides the highest
level of protection against entry of water and dust
particles
n Hall-effect sensors replace potentiometers and
micro switches, so there’s no longer any
mechanical or moving part switches, increasing
reliability and dependability
100% AC Truck
Lift truck speeds
Ultra high-performance motors deliver
optimised load-handling efficiency in
the toughest of applications
Keep up with ever-increasing workloads
n Dual 5kW front-wheel AC drive motors for
outstanding performance
n Travel speeds can be set lower by a Yale service
technician on request
n Yale VT and VF lift trucks are among the fastest in
the industry: 16km/h
n Class H thermal capacity insulation for the
heaviest of applications
n Powerful acceleration and regenerative braking
allows for fast changes in direction
n 12kW high
performance AC
hydraulic pump
motor for maximum
output and reliability
n Steel side covers provide resistance to impact
damage and general wear and tear
n LED lights option: Rear light clusters and work
lights provide longevity for reduced replacement
costs
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The balance of performance and
energy consumption
Yale VT and VF trucks enable the
‘ebalance’ of performance and energy
consumption by offering the choice of
‘eLo’ (Energy Saving) or the ‘HiP’ (High
Performance) settings.
Both settings have four performance
modes. These can be selected by the
operator to provide maximum application
and operator choice. ‘eLo’ and ‘HiP’
setting are selected by a service
technician through the overhead display.
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Energy Low (eLo) setting
High Performance (HiP) setting
n Provides a balance between truck performance
and battery shift life
n Maximises speed, acceleration and hydraulic
performance of the truck
n Lower than maximum speed acceleration and
hydraulic performance to optimise battery life
n Truck performance will not vary with the amount
of load
n Truck acceleration varies with load
n Grade and climbing speed are also increased
n Energy consumption is lower with competitive
performance
n Ideal for heavy-duty applications
Energy consumed: Amp hours / cycle
VDI 2198 Test Cycle
The most energy
efficient forklift
trucks
2.25
2.25
Delivering the perfect
balance of productivity
and energy consumption
2.2
2.2
2.15
2.15
2.1
2.1
According to the VDI 2198
standard test, the ERP-VT series
provides class-leading energy
consumption in the eLo and HiP
settings.
2.05
2.05
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1.95
1.95
Yale 16VT
(eLo) setting
Yale 16VT
(HiP setting)
Competitor
1
Competitor
2
Competitor 3
Competitor
4
Competitor 5
n Select one of four performance modes
through the dash display: from Mode 1
(60% of maximum speed and acceleration)
to Mode 4 (100% speed and acceleration)
n Password protected, the top speed and
acceleration of Mode 4 can be set to each
application’s needs. Modes 1, 2 and 3 are
automatically adjusted as percentages of
Mode 4 setting.
Amount of energy consumed (Ah) to move 100 loads
Choose the optimum
performance level to suit your
application needs
160
16% less
consumption
than
competitors’
average
140
120
100
80
Energy efficiency:
Energy Low (eLo)
setting
n The Energy Low (eLo) setting
has the best energy balance
on the market whilst
delivering competitive
productivity
n 16% less energy with
competitive performance to
move the same number of
pallets.
60
40
20
0
Yale 16VT
(eLo) setting
Competitor 1
Competitor 2
Competitor 3
Competitor 4
Competitor 5
*Width of white line indicates amount of variation in tests
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Serviceability
Setting the standard in service
The VT and VF series of trucks have
been designed for ease of servicing at
every stage. From intelligent onboard
diagnostics and CANbus technology, to
easily removable hydraulic modules, the
VT and VF trucks set a new standard in
serviceability and make first-time fixes
the norm. And by reducing the need for
repeat service visits, operation costs are
lowered and profitability increased.
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“My warehouse is only effective when
everything runs like clockwork. That’s
why I need to know that servicing my
trucks is as quick and easy as possible.”
Mr. Rainer Weixler – Production Director,
Weidenhammer Packungen GmbH & Co KG
Yale’s VT and VF trucks feature
industry-leading serviceability
Onboard diagnostics: Accessed through an
icon-driven menu on the large easy-to-read heads-up
display, the onboard diagnostics make it easy to
facilitate first-time fixes, maximising uptime.
Easily removed drop-in hydraulic module:
Hydraulic tank, filter, pump, motor and controller are
in one place and are easily accessible by removing
the rear cover.
1000-hour service intervals with hydraulic fluid
change at 4000 hours.
CANbus communication: Facilitates easier and
more accurate diagnostics while keeping wiring
complexity to a minimum.
Individual controllers for each of the drive motors
and the hydraulic pump-steer unit means the high
expense of replacing ‘combi-controllers’ is avoided.
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