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The New K Truck

The Efficient Combination Forklift for High Rack Warehouses

Due to the high demand for online shipping, the need for storage space is also on the rise. At the same time, real estate prices are skyrocketing – especially near major cities. The solution is to create extremely compact high rack warehouses which provide optimal use of the storage area. This also changes the requirements for narrow aisle trucks, which are now expected to achieve lifting heights of up to 17 meters. Moreover, modern e-commerce logistics requires high throughput rates in order to achieve optimized storage times.

The new version of the K combi-truck from Linde Material Handling enables high handling performance in both order picking and handling processes in high rack warehouses. For this purpose, handling, construction, and equipment have been adapted to meet the exact conditions in high rack warehouses as well as the ergonomic requirements of forklift drivers. Optimized components, improved systems and even better performance are what make the new K truck a highly efficient narrow-aisle truck for order picking and handling processes.


For Optimal Handling

Efficient handling and the highest level of safety are essential in high rack warehouses. The new version of the narrow-aisle K truck offers assistance and safety systems that support the driver with secure and fast removal and storage of goods, even at high lift levels. Optimized lifting and driving movements and an improved mast also make for greater productivity and energy efficiency. Here you can see the highlights in detail.

Fast and Precise at High Lift Levels with 'Dynamic Reach Control'

'Dynamic Reach Control' is an extension of the three variants of the 'Linde System Control' assistance system and reduces lateral oscillations at high lift levels. These oscillations make the precise transport of goods in and out of storage more difficult and slow down the handling process. With Dynamic Reach Control, the drivers can position the loads more quickly, safely and easily than before. This has a significant impact on productivity, which is around 20 percent higher with Dynamic Reach Control, compared to the standard version of Linde System Control.

The system limits the movement of the truck according to the lifting height and the load weight. This also applies to the lateral movement of the mast when removing and storing items. The system thereby ensures smooth and precise mast movement in the direction of the shelf. Dynamic Reach Control also helps to avoid the so-called chimney effect, i.e. the bending of the mast at high lift levels. When the mast is bent the forks are pushed slightly forward, which – in the case of low shelf heights – results in varying storage depths. This undesirable effect is corrected by Dynamic Reach Control.

Everything at a glance with the optimized control panel

The control panel of the new K truck has a high-quality, full-color display. This constantly provides the driver with all the relevant information at a glance: from the speed of the forklift and the lifting height to the steering angle and the time of day. The immediate visibility of the central operating parameters ensures safe and efficient handling.

The overall ergonomics of the control panel have been optimized to ensure that the driver’s hands are in a natural position at all times. The distances of the control elements are designed precisely to enable fatigue-free working. For the comfort of the individual operator, whether sitting or standing, the height and the angle of the desk as well as the tilt of the console arm can be adjusted with one hand.

Fast handling thanks to simultaneous use of the main and auxiliary lift

Putting loads away is far quicker with the new K truck. That's because, as of now, the main and auxiliary lifts can be raised or lowered simultaneously. This means, for example, that the driver can access a particularly high or low storage bay in one move. Previously the driver often had to operate the main lift first and then the auxiliary lift afterwards. Thanks to the simultaneous controls, the forks can also be placed into position considerably more quickly are very easy to control at a convenient height.

Greater lifting heights through improved mast stability

The new K model can achieve a lifting height of up to 18 meters. In order to reach this new peak height, the engineers at Linde have made the mast of this narrow-aisle truck even more stable. With the K truck, companies are best equipped for the trend towards ever increasing lifting heights.

Optimum visibility of the load and surroundings

The windscreen of the new K truck is 80 mm larger than that of the previous model. This means the view of the forks is increased by 20 percent, which makes for safer handling and fewer collisions. Due to the improved visibility, the driver does not have to move as much in the cab in order to see the loads, which in turn ensures fatigue-free working.

The mirror module of the K truck is available with additional functions on request. Mirrors provide assistance when reversing and driving into aisles. An LED work light improves the view into the shelves.

Highly efficient and energy saving

The new K truck is not only around 5 percent more powerful than its predecessor, it also consumes on average around 25 percent less energy. This peak of performance is made possible through an optimized hydraulics system, better weight distribution, a new lateral oscillation drive system and speed-controlled pumps with an intelligent control system. The improved performance ensures higher driving and lifting speeds and therefore more efficient handling in high rack warehouses.

Increased safety thanks to the emergency alarm

The emergency alarm detects unusual behavior and thus alerts the driver to a potential emergency situation. In order to help prevent accidents, the system emits an acoustic and optical warning signal to indicate a hazardous situation. This is made possible in part by various sensors in the control panel, side panel and deadman's switch.

Stands firm, even on uneven ground

The K has a variety of intelligent safety and assistance systems which support the driver to store and retrieve goods quickly and easily. Active Stability Control enhances these systems and makes the K even more efficient: The system recognizes unevenness between the left and right sides of the aisle and automatically offsets impacts and vibrations. This enables the truck to achieve its maximum handling performance even on less than optimal floors.


for All Requirements

The new K truck is the only narrow-aisle truck on the market that offers complete modularity. This is also why there are no model variants, but rather maximum flexibility in the configuration. A total of 10 million different configurations are possible. Due to the diversity of the configurations, companies can tailor the K truck exactly to the logistics requirements and spatial conditions on site. The most important options in the selection include, amongst other things, the following components:

Magnified view of the narrow-aisle K truck showing all the possible modules

The modular system of the K truck allows 10 Million truck variants


The K truck is available with 64 different mast heights and designs. This means users can select the required operating height depending on the shelf heights. With the aid of a telescopic triplex mast, they can also achieve lower clearance heights, even with high lift levels.

Motor and Batteries

The K truck is available with a range of different motor and battery powers higher driving and lifting speeds and intensive load handling with high throughput rates.


When used in a high rack warehouse, the narrow aisle trucks should be the right width to navigate the aisles. That is why companies can select the most suitable width from five different chassis widths available for the K truck.


The cabin of the K truck can be adjusted depending on the area of use and working environment. For example, it can be equipped with a completely closed and heated cabin for aisles with strong drafts or for use in refrigerated warehouses. The new version of the K truck even has an extended cabin depth, providing 50 mm of additional room for moving around in. With the comfort cabin option, the driver can even enjoy an additional depth of 100 mm

Operating Concepts

The K truck is available with the option for a standard control panel or a split control panel. The split control panel, in which the control elements are integrated into the left and right arm rests, makes work easier for the driver during intensive load handling involving the frequent removal and storage of items. The control elements are directly accessible with minimal effort required.

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