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Essential Empty Container Handler

DCU80-100 - Kalmar quality for a great price.

Kalmar Essential Empty Container Handler.

Quality for all.

With nearly 15,00 machines already built on our reliable and robust G-Generation platform, the Essential Empty Container Handler DCU80-100, also known as an empty container lifter, delivers everything you expect, for a great price. With three different empty container handling capacity models available, you can choose which is right for your day-to-day operations.


All Kalmar counter balanced machines, including reachstackers, empty container handlers and forklifts have been updated to meet safety standard EN 1175:2020 to ensure that working with a Kalmar machine is as safe as it can be.

Technical information

Technical info Kalmar DCU80-100
Lifting capacity (kg)
Wheel base (mm)
Cab options
Essential (high or low)
Stacking height
max 8
Volvo 160 kW, Cummins 164 kW
Stage emission
EU3/Tier 3, EU4/Tier 4F
DANA TE-14300
Single stacking


Saving time and money.

There are many ways you can save time and money with a Kalmar Essential Empty Container Handler or Lifter:

  • With easily accessible service points and extended servicing periods, maintenance tasks will be quicker and easier to perform, increasing your machine availability.
  • Your drivers will benefit from common electronics, controls, and diagnostics across the entire range for ease of operation, so it’s easier to move between and operate different Kalmar machines.
  • By combining the latest generation of highly efficient engines with the improved DANA TE 14300 3+3 transmission you get a choice of drive lines that will reduce fuel consumption by up to 10%, without compromising on power. Engines are available in Tier 3/EU Stage 3 or Tier 4F/EU Stage 4 emission compliance.


Smoother and more efficient empty container handling.

Our Essential Range of empty container handlers is all fitted with a load sensing hydraulic system, which applies the right amount of power to get the job done efficiently by measuring the exact weight of the container being handled.

Should you require any additional power to get a specific job done quicker, you can use our power on-demand system. This system tells the engine to produce additional power at the touch of a button when needed.


A safer way to lift empty container handlers.

All of our empty container handler masts can be tilted both forwards and backwards by up to +/- 3 degrees. Tilting backwards helps stabilise your load while moving and makes it easier to lift a container off the stack. Being able to tilt forwards makes placing a container either on the stack or on a trailer much easier and safer. There are optional tilting packages available with different tilting angles.

Our Essential Empty Container Handler also comes fitted with many safety features as standard:

  • All are fitted with non-slip access surfaces
  • Three-point access to keep operators safe
  • Two exit doors in the cabin, in case of an emergency
  • LED lights for better visibility
  • An electrically operated hand brake which is automatically applied when the engine stops
  • And there is an overload management system that warns your driver should they exceed the specified limits.

You can also enhance your employees' safety further by fitting one of our optional packages, such as:

  • Rear Mounted Cameras so your drivers can see what is happening behind them
  • Additional LED lights for operating in restricted light conditions
  • A Speed Limiter to make sure your drivers are always driving responsibly.

For a full list of available options please refer to the specifications section of the Essential Empty Container Handler brochure, available to download below.


An ergonomically designed cabin.

The Essential Cabin has been ergonomically designed so everything is in easy reach for your drivers. You get a choice of joysticks that will increase operational safety and control, as all movements are managed from one point.

Our Essential Cabin also benefits from a new climate control package. This system has extra strong fans, so condensation can be removed quickly, and a comfortable operating environment maintained for your drivers.


Reduce your carbon emission by up to 90%.

Kalmar Essential Empty Container Handlers fitted with either a Volvo or Cummins engines are certified to use HVO fuel. By using HVO you can reduce your empty container handler's CO2 emissions by up to 90% .

To find out more about HVO click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Kalmar DCG 80-110 and the Essential DCU 80-100 Empty Container Handlers?

Both empty container handlers are able to move your empty containers effectively and efficiently. Our value based Essential DCU machines offer a reduced range of lifting heights and capabilities, while our DCG range of empty container handlers offer a much wider range of drive lines, lifting capacities and heights. Our DCG range also offers machines that can lift two containers at a time.

Can I track the performance of my Essential Empty Container Lifter?

Kalmar Insight can provide you with real-time operational information to review and analyse, allowing you to take action that will help improve your overall operations immediately. Kalmar Insight can also help you manage maintenance tasks across your fleet more effectively with the Kalmar Insight Maintenance Module. To find out more click here.

Can my Essential Empty Container Handler operate in extra tough conditions?

Our Essential Range of empty container handlers can be fitted with heavy-duty steering axles, drive axles and lifting chains if you need to operate in extra tough conditions. Our heavy-duty axles and lifting chains will improve machine stability when lifting to the top of the stack, making it safer for your driver and bystanders.

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