Warehouse Truck ‘Highlifter’: STILL EXV-SF 16i

The company Still launched its new stacker truck in the EXV series in early 2015. The machines have been improved in multiple ways and are fully in line with the modern-look Still style. Several new features make the compact and agile truck even more powerful, more accurate, safer and more ergonomic than its predecessor. The new stacker is available in pedestrian (EXV) and platform (EXV-SF) versions with a maximum lifting height of 5,402 mm. The platform version with a lifting height of 3,817 mm and a load capacity of up to 1.6 tons was the truck that underwent the IFOY test.

The Still EXV-SF is equipped with a powerful, low-maintenance three-phase 2.3kW motor supplying maximum speeds of 8 km/h (under load) and 10 km/h (no load), bringing the EXV-SF models among the fastest stacker trucks on the market.

The air-cushioned platform dampens vibrations and jolts that can harm the body and provides a safe and comfortable workplace for the operator. In the view of the test team, the function for setting the pneumatic suspension system could be slightly more practical.

The platform can be adapted to suit the height of the operator, which above all provides improved back protection during travel. The lateral protection devices are also individually adjustable. In order to ensure safe cornering, the stackers in the EXV-SF series are equipped with Curve Speed Control. This feature automatically reduces the speed when cornering.

The stackers are equipped as standard with an operator platform and an articulated tiller ensuring reliable straight-ahead motion at a speed of 10 km/h. The centrally located tiller and the optimized handle design make handling equally easy for both right- and left-handers, and operation is highly intuitive thanks to the ergonomically designed control elements.

The lifting and lowering speeds have been increased compared to the predecessor model in order to achieve higher productivity and efficiency during storage and removal operations at height. Exact lift and lower control combined with integrated mast cushioning ensures smooth, jolt-free vertical movement of goods.

The residual load capacity of the new stacker truck is among the best in its class: the EXV-SF with triple mast can move 730 kg at a lifting height of 5,402 mm. At a height of 4,802 mm, residual load capacity is still a healthy 880 kg.

In the IFOY test, the Still EXV-SF had problems with the slippery flooring in the hall. This had a negative impact on the test performance relative to floors with a greater degree of grip. Nevertheless, the EXV-SF still scored better on average than other test vehicles, primarily due to the higher driving speed and the lower average energy consumption. The electric power steering is a pleasant feature, and the lifting height indicator on the mast is eminently practical.

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