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Linde taking the heat for Roberts Wool

Supplier: Linde Material Handling
22 January, 2007

“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.

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