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Fuchs To Unveil MHL420 at LIGNA 2023


Fuchs® - manufacturer of specialist material handling equipment - is pleased to be unveiling the MHL420, a new tree care handler at LIGNA, the world's leading trade fair for woodworking and wood processing plant, machinery, and tools, from 15-19 May in Hannover, Germany.

Dominik Vierkotten, Vice President Material Handling and Lifting commented: “We are very excited about the MHL420 as it expands our timber handling portfolio into the forestry sector. From tree cutting operations to tree and embankment maintenance, and problem felling to the processing of storm damaged timber and infested wood—these activities involve significant risks for forestry workers. It is precisely for these applications that the Fuchs MHL420 has been designed, offering the most efficient and safest solution for this type of application.

LIGNA, being the world marketplace of innovations for the wood industry, is the ideal place to launch our MHL420 into this sector and we look forward to welcoming visitors to our stand and showcasing the capabilities of our machines.”


The safety and comfort of the operator’s working environment is the top priority for Fuchs. With the available polycarbonate safety screens and the optional front and top guard of the cab, the operator works safely and is additionally protected from falling timber and branches.

Thanks to the ergonomically optimized, air-suspended seat with swinging armrests, the operator is guaranteed a working environment with maximum comfort. Additional comfort for the operator is provided by the soundproofed and heat-insulated glazing of the cab. The practical access ladder, as well as the space-saving sliding door, simplify access to the operator's cab.


A separate, powerful hydraulic circuit allows the use of a wide range of forestry attachments. From embankment maintenance using a mulcher to problem felling using a grab saw, the MHL420 offers countless application possibilities.

Due to its low weight and compact design, the MHL420 is easy to transport. It is ideal for working in narrow spaces thanks to its small slewing radius.Operations along highways and heavily trafficked roads are also possible thanks to the machine's options available for road approval.

The MHL420 is also convincing in difficult terrain due to its powerful travel drive, forestry tyres and all-wheel steering. The undercarriage has been specifically designed for tough and demanding use in forestry. Even at maximum reach, utmost stability is ensured due to the individually controllable extended outrigger and enlarged support plates.


The sensitive, perfectly tuned hydraulics enable precise grapple movements.

The unique Fuchs cab, which can be tilted by 30° and raised hydraulically in infinite stages, has a viewing height of 5.3 m (17'4'') and guarantees perfect visibility, even during tree felling and clearing work. The continuous front windshield, in combination with the enlarged panoramic roof window and the rear and side cameras ensure the best all-round visibility.

The telescopic stick with a maximum reach of 12.8 m (41'12'') provides operators with seamless grab and fell, even for hard-to-reach branches and treetops. The robust loading equipment has been particularly designed for use in tree and landscape maintenance.

Find further information about the MHL420 here.