Kipor KDF 50 Forklift

Kipor in Forklift Coup at Metal Connection

Top Boksburg-based scrap metal recycler, Metal Connection, has replaced its fleet of forklifts with four spanking new Kipor forklifts. Metal Connection’s Johann de Meyer says that the previous forklifts were no longer economical and the provider’s service levels had dropped off quite drastically.

I had bought a Kipor 5.5t excavator and I was impressed with its performance. I then decided to look into buying new Kipor forklifts,” de Meyer says.

Kipor 5.5t Excavator 2
Kipor 5.5t Excavator

He adds that he was nervous about the decision as, at the time, he hadn’t heard much about Kipor’s material handling range and did not know what service levels could be expected from Kipor distributors in South Africa, Smith Power Equipment (SPE).

Brilliant is all I can say,” de Meyer says. “The performance of the forklifts has been exceptional and this has been matched by the service of the SPE team. They go the extra mile and whenever I have needed anything the response has been immediate,” he says. The SPE team do monthly inspections to ensure that the Kipor forklifts are in tip-top condition. “We really appreciate this kind of service, as downtime is very costly for us.

De Meyer adds that it must be remembered that scrap metal is a very harsh environment, which is hard on equipment. “The forklifts must push and carry the large bins laden with metal and even under these challenging circumstances the Kipor machines have performed exceptionally.

Kipor KDF 50 Forklift

Metal Connection acquired two Kipor KDF 35 and two KDF 50 forklifts. Both boast an advanced, streamlined design, and solid, sturdy frames. Safety is increased by a hoist cylinder at the rear of the mast that increases visibility and the rear lamps, which are installed on the top cover. The tilt angle of the steering columns on both machines can be adjusted freely.

Metal Connection, a world class operation, is a family-owned metal processing company with a collective 90 year’s knowledge in the metal recycling industry. Its facility contains an array of state-of-the-art metal processing equipment to ensure that various grades of ferrous and non-ferrous metals are accurately and appropriately separated and sized for mills and foundries both locally and internationally.

Some of its important features are:

  • An SABS approved weighbridge system, which includes photographic and robotic control, which, in seconds, records contents and weighs with 100% accuracy.
  • Fast and accurate alloy and metal analysis using X-Ray fluorescence analyzers.
  • Sorting and processing using forklifts, grapples, plasma and Torch Cutting and Baling.


Kipor KDF 35 Diesel Forklift

  • Rated load weight: 3500kg
  • Load centre: 500mm
  • Length: 2790mm
  • Width: 1240mm
  • Min. Turning radius: 2435mm
  • Total weight: 4480kg

Kipor KDF 50 Diesel Forklift:

  • Rated load weight: 5000kg
  • Load Centre 500mm
  • Length 3230mm
  • Canopy guard height 2270mm
  • Engine rated power/speed 51.5/2200

The SPE team is consistently demonstrating how efficiently the Kipor forklifts operate in such a challenging applications. SPE also looks forward to supplying Metal Connection and similar companies with more products and service.

Metal Connection

Contact Johann de Meyer (Metal Connection)

This article was featured in Forklift SA – May 2016.

This article was featured in the Capital News Equipment – May 2016.

This article was featured in the CPHA – May 2016.

For more information phone Smith Power Equipment on 011 284 2000. Email: Sunee Heyns on or phone direct on 011 284 2070.

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