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Linde at Work: Doffo Winery

Doffo Winery uses a Linde 393-02 Series H25D forklift to transport grapes during the wine making process at their vineyards in Temecula, California.

The Linde H25D is an internal combustion counterbalanced forklift with pneumatic tires capable of lifting loads up to 5,500 pounds. It features Linde’s hydrostatic drive system. With no differential, no conventional service breaks, no mechanical transmission and no clutch packs, this system yields increased durability, efficiency and uptime. This innovative technology is what allows Linde forklifts to load and unload more material in less time, using less fuel and with reduced maintenance requirements compared to other trucks on the market.

With the help of their Linde forklift, Doffo Winery is able to offer a selection of over 25 different wines ranging from cabernet sauvignon to zinfandel. Founded in 1997, it is family owned and operated in addition to being one of the few micro-boutique wineries in the Temecula Valley region. The property includes 15 acres of hand planted vineyards, wine production facilities and a tasting room complete with more than 100 racing and vintage motorcycles from the family’s private collection.

By using meticulous care throughout the winemaking process, owners Marcelo and Damian Doffo are able to produce intense, rich fruit that expresses their commitment toward making world class wines.

This is a great example of the range of applications in which our lift trucks can be used.

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Product Spotlight: Linde Series 396

Offered in five different models, the Linde Series 396 forklifts are internal combustion counterbalanced trucks operating on pneumatic tires. It’s most notable feature is the Linde hydrostatic drive system. Known as the ultimate drive system, the hydrostatic transmission is superior to any other in achieving maximum lift truck performance. The customer driven design makes it versatile and cost effective even in the harshest environments. Seamless acceleration with pinpoint accuracy when positioning are a few features that set this truck apart.

Features and Benefits

The Linde Series 396 has a capacity ranging from 13,000 to 17,500 pounds and is best suited for outdoor applications. It can best handle items like lumber, bricks or any other bulky material. But, with multiple attachments available its capabilities can range from paper rolls to construction materials and just about anything in between.

Along with the large load capacity, the Linde Series 396 is one of the safest trucks on the market. The overhead guard protects the operator from falling debris and the Linde Torsion Support System stabilizes and controls swinging loads and dynamic forces—protecting both the operator and the people who may be working around the lift truck. Some other safety features included an auto-set parking brake (when engine is off), dual back-up control system, and high visibility mast for reduced stress and increased operator awareness.

In addition to their innovative technologies, Linde forklifts are well known for their superior ergonomics—and the Series 396 is no exception. The adjustable steering column and adjustable armrest with hydraulic levers make an operator feel comfortable and at ease. A fully suspended seat absorbs shock and reduces operator fatigue. The compartment is extremely spacious giving the operator plenty of room to move around and maintain a high level of comfort from the start of a shift to the end.

Being a versatile and adaptable truck, the Linde Series 396 has many optional features. Some of these include comfort features like heating and air or an air-cushioned seat. Other features include safety or performance structures like internal and external mirrors, road light package, automatic engine shutoff and a full cab with washers and wipers.

Total Cost of Ownership

Safety and comfort aside, the bottom line is that the Linde Series 396 is one of the most economical on the market. This series has extended service intervals and reduces volume of waste oil and used oil filters. The low noise levels and low emissions make it easy to operate in a variety of environments. This lift truck offers some of the lowest maintenance and operating costs with up to 1000 hr. maintenance intervals and no mechanical wear components like service brakes or a torque converter transmission. Other efficiency features include low fuel consumption and low tire wear, which will help the owner financially in the long run.

Overall, the Linde Series 396 results in greater productivity efficiency, lower operator costs and lower labor costs. With this forklift you can handle more loads with less lifts and less people, which will ultimately have a positive effect on your company’s bottom line.

Not sure if the Linde Series 396 is right for you? Read more about finding the right forklift for your operation.