MM2600, Lesson 1
Other Types of MHE
Other types of MHE are used for specific missions and specific types of ammunition items. They
include yard-type forklifts, the 50,000-pound rough terrain container handler and the mobile landing
Yard-type Forklifts. In installations where most of the handling takes place on hard surfaces, you may
see yard-type forklifts. They look like the 4,000-pound electric forklift, but they may be gasoline or
diesel powered and they often have pneumatic tires. Lift capacities for yard-type forklifts range from
3,000 to 6,000 pounds.
50,000-pound Rough Terrain Container Handler. Where containerized shipments are common, a
new type of MHE is being used on an experimental basis. It is the 50,000-pound rough terrain
container handler (RTCH) (figure 1-11); which resembles a large version of a rough terrain forklift. It is
equipped with a special holder assembly, for handling MILVAN containers filled with ammunition. The
RTCH is specially designed to handle containers 8 feet wide, up to 40 feet long, and with weights of up
to 50,000 pounds. Since the RTCH alone weighs approximately 100,000 pounds, field units have
found operating it on soft earth surfaces difficult.
Figure 1-11. 50,000-pound Rough Terrain Container Handler.
Mobile Loading Ramp. The mobile loading ramp (figure 1-12) simplifies stuffing and unstuffing
MILVAN containers while the container is still secured to the truck carrier. The ramp is mounted on
wheels with a tow hitch, making it movable with a towing vehicle. It is 36 feet long and 96 inches wide,
and its height is adjustable from 46 inches to 65 inches. It weighs 6,000 pounds and will support a
maximum weight of 16,000 pounds. The mobile loading ramp is ideal for use with the 4,000-pound
RTFL, because the ramp will not be overloaded. The RTFL weighs 9,725 pounds; and with a maximum
load of 4,000 pounds, the total weight is 13,725 pounds.