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The Kalmar Light Capacity Rough Terrain Forklift (LCRTF) excels in some of the harshest conditions in the world. The sturdy forklift’s durable design and powerful Perkins engine make it one of the most reliable, ultra-tough pieces of machinery for missions in tough environmental conditions – and the defense industry is taking notice.

This compact, material-handling forklift is ready to take on challenges in difficult weather conditions and worksites where other equipment would not be successful. Powered by a Perkins 1100 series engine supplied by our team, the LCRTF has a 14-inch ground clearance and can operate in up to 36 inches of water. These features prove extremely useful in military applications, where infrastructure is underdeveloped or nonexistent and uptime is key for mission completion.

Perkins Powered - Kalmar ForkliftThe Department of Defense has turned to the LCRTF for its ability to operate in environmentally challenging situations, where durability and unmatched engine reliability are essential features to get the job done. The LCRTF provides operators unmatched performance, thanks to its Perkins engine that’s well-suited to handle the demands of minimal infrastructure while also powering its materials handling capabilities.

“In development of the LCRTF we sought partners that could provide proven, reliable and durable components,” said Randy Wingenroth, Vice President of Kalmar Rough Terrain Center Operations and Product Development. “Perkins Pacific has been a reliable partner for our equipment which works in the world’s most demanding conditions.”

This forklift goes where other equipment cannot – a prime example being the Department of Defense’s recent use of an LCRTF in the remote town of Harper, Liberia.

The LCRTF was delivered by the Dept. of Defense to the NGO Partners in Health in Zwedru, Liberia. It needed to be delivered to the NGO’s operation in the town of Harper, but getting there would be a true test. The 200-mile road to Harper is notorious for its reputation of destroying any vehicle that tries to make the trip, being described as, “one of the worst roads in Africa.”

The delivery of the LCRTF took place during the treacherous rainy season which creates the worst road conditions of the year, and a delivery truck was unable to make the trip. Over two days, the LCRTF was successfully driven over the 200-mile road to Harper from Zwedru.


Perkins Powered - Kalmar Forklift“The LCRTF took a beating and a half on a road that regularly destroys vehicles [specifically] designed to traverse such conditions,” wrote Robert Rains, Partners in Health employee. “At the end of the two days, we made it safely to Harper and we put it to work immediately. Our unit is currently in use and running great.”

The reliability offered by the Perkins 1100 series is key in providing Kalmar’s customers a forklift they can depend on to get tough jobs done. In sites lacking infrastructure where the LCRTF must be operated for long hours at maximum power, Kalmar relies on power from Perkins Pacific to provide dependability and unmatched performance