Today in WW II: 23 Sep 1940 After just seven weeks of development, American Bantam delivers the first prototype jeep to Camp Holabird, MD.
Rough Terrain Forklift 6000M
The Forklift, 6,000-lb, Variable Reach, Rough Terrain goes by several names:
- 6000M Rough Terrain Forklift
- Army Model MHE-269
- NSN 3930-01-158-0849
The 6000M is designed for use as a forklift truck for loading and unloading boxes and palletized ammunition loads from transport vehicles and containers. The forks tilt, level, and side shift to maneuver loads. The 6000M lifts loads of 6,000 lbs. to a height of 23 ft. and 4,000 lbs. to a height of 26 ft. The 6000M can tow other vehicles weighing up to 27,100 pounds. The operator can select one of three steering modes: two wheel, four wheel, and crab wheel. The vehicle frame can be tilted 9 degrees to left or right which allows vehicle to be level when traversing a side slope. Tires are 17:50x25 inch size.
The forklift is all-weather operational and can ford up to 30 inches of water.
Manuals for the Rough Terrain Forklift 6000M will be numbered TM10-3930-660-xx where the xx represents the maintenance level.
MLRS Munitions Handling
The 6000M is adapted to handle munitions pods for the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). With the MLRS lifting tool and stop tube on the forks, the 6000M can handle MLRS pods. With the MLRS lifting tool and stop tube removed and the backrest installed on carriage, the 6000M handles normal loads.
The MLRS lifting tool stop tube fits over the forks. It prevents the lifting tool from moving too far back on the forks and prevents the MLRS pod from contacting the frame or vehicle wheels when in the carry position. The MLRS attachment can be raised to a horizontal position for loading and unloading munitions.
Engine Problems with the 6000M
In field use, there were premature engine failures with the 6000M. Failures were traced to injector pump wear caused by excessive cranking of the engine due to extreme ambient heat conditions and low lubricity qualities of the military-standard JP-8 fuel being issued and used in these forklifts. As they became economically unrepairable, individual units were authorized to replace the 6000M forklift diesel engine with the ATLAS (All Terrain Lifter, Army System) engine.
Thanks to Jim Winslow, Military Service Manager of JLG Industries Inc. for help with this page.
Forklift, 6,000-lb, Variable Reach, Rough Terrain 6000M at the door of a transport helicopter. Photo courtesy of Jim Winslow, Military Service Manager of JLG Industries Inc.