The Taylor range of materials handling equipment, distributed exclusively in South Africa by BLTWORLD, encompasses the TXLS series log stackers, designed to efficiently handle a full log load, from truck or rail, in a single pass.
“These robust log stackers, which are used for loading, stacking, transporting and unloading heavy loads of logs, offer improved productivity and safety, as well as fuel efficiency, reduced exhausted emissions and low maintenance requirements,” says Ken Mouritzen, managing director, BLTWORLD. “There are three models in the TXLS range – TXLS-800, TXLS-900 and TXLS-1000 – which are built on an all welded, high strength steel chassis and frame, with heavy duty drive and steer axles.
“The key focus in the design of these machines has been on the production of high performance log stackers, that offer the forestry and timber sector efficient duty cycles, low operating costs, extended service life and improved operator safety and comfort.”
Taylor TXLS-800, TXLS-900 and TXLS-1000 models have rated lift capacities of 36 288 kg, 40 824 kg and 45 360 kg respectively.
These log stackers are fitted with Tier III turbocharged diesel engines, with low emissions and efficient fuel economy. Standard engine features include an fuel/water separator, a high capacity cooling system for operation in all environments and engine/transmission protection systems.
Lower fan and engine speeds reduce noise levels during operation and a built-in shut down system for the engine and transmission (high coolant temperature and low oil pressure) is standard. A high performance non-metallic pusher fan blows dust and debris away from the operator.
The transmission for the TXLS series is a remote mounted, 3-speed, fully reversing, modulated powershift system. An operator controlled electric declutch feature enables precise vehicle position control and full directional modulation ensures soft directional changes. There is a separate air to oil transmission cooler and a remote mounted filter reduces oil spills.
This series is fitted with a large capacity heavy gauge steel wall fuel tank with an integral strainer. The hydraulic tank, which promotes system cooling has full flow in-tank return filtration.
Standard Taylor ULTRA-VU rigid masts are designed for clear visibility for the operator. There is pressure compensated lowering control for near equal lowering speed, whether the stacker is empty or loaded. A mast tilt angle indicator is standard and a tilt lock control valve is fitted to prevent mast twist. An additional forward mast tilt allows high tiering and stacking of logs.
This series has been designed for easy maintenance procedures to reduce downtime. An electronic diagnostic and maintenance monitor on the engine has a fault code history for fast problem location. The mast pivot housing is a two piece bolt-on structure for easy and safe service removal.
For enhanced comfort and safety, the operator’s station mounted is in an offset position for greater visibility over centre mounted machines. Other new ergonomically designed features include fingertip full hydrostatic steering, an air suspension seat for reduced vibration and a tilt steering wheel and hinge down instrument panel. Anti slip steps and handrails ensure safe three point mounting and dismounting
Other standard safety features are forward and reverse motion alarms, a high mounted tilt cylinder for mast stabilisation, a manual lowering valve system in case of emergency and dual flow control valves that prevent the load from failing. The parking brake, which doubles as an operator controlled emergency brake, has a brake saver system that prevents the operator from driving through parking brakes. Optional accessories for the TXLS series include rail car clamps, log pushers and a carriage hold down feature.
BLTWORLD supports the Taylor range of log stackers, loaded and empty container handlers, rough terrain forklifts and reach stackers, with a technical advisory, support and spare parts service in South Africa.