“Many years ago I was visiting a wool store in Melbourne and noticed when the smoko was over the forklift drivers raced to get to a Linde forklift,” recalls Roberts Wool Administration Manager, Martin O’Byrne. “I asked the manager what was going on, and he explained to me all the reasons why the drivers preferred the Linde.Ten years later we have a forklift fleet that is almost exclusively the Linde brand.”
“Life in a wool store is really tough for a forklift,” Mr O’Byrne continues. “Until we changed to Linde, we were like every other wool store, that is, frustrated with forklift overheating problems.
This major problem with conventional forklifts is caused by fibres getting sucked into the radiator. By being completely open underneath, they act like a big vacuum cleaner.
“The Lindes have a fully enclosed chassis so there is very limited airflow underneath.The air intake is actually much higher up through the front of the chassis, so it is not attracting all the fibres from the ground. Forklift downtime is an efficiency killer. This simple design difference has had a major impact on our operation,” added Mr O’Byrne.
With a 28,000 bale capacity and annual sales in excess of 65,000 bales, Roberts Wool markets the majority of wool grown in Tasmania. It’s a division of a great Tasmanian success story – Roberts Limited.
Established in 1865 as an auctioneer and general merchant, Roberts has grown with Tasmania, developing a number of business activities in both the agriculture and real estate sectors.