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FAQs About Leasing a Forklift

August 19th, 2022  | 
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Leasing a forklift is an excellent alternative to buying new or used material handling equipment. There are many advantages to leasing, including buying at the end of the lease or trading in your leased equipment for the newest model. Read on to learn the answers to frequently asked questions about leasing a forklift. 

What are some of the benefits of leasing a forklift? 

  • Get a new model every few years. Do your operators want the latest bells and whistles when a new forklift model comes out? Leasing allows you to upgrade to the newest model when you turn in an old model at the end of the lease. Your operators will thank you. 
  • Get new equipment every few years. Sometimes you need an entirely different forklift, order picker, reach truck, or other material handling equipment. Just turn in your forklift at the end of your lease and pick up the new equipment you need.  
  • Lower monthly payments. Lease payments are often lower than loan payments. Run the numbers so you can make the best decision for your company.  

Can someone help me pick the right material handling equipment?  

  • Yes, our experts perform a site visit to assess your needs and help you choose the right equipment for your facility. 

What happens after delivery? 

  • As your material handling solutions partner, we are always available to answer any questions about your equipment or other material handling needs.  

Can I add a maintenance program to my leased forklift? 

  • Yes, we highly recommend a planned maintenance program (PM). Ask your material handling expert for options. 

How long is a typical forklift lease? 

  • Typically, a forklift lease includes 40 hours of weekly utilization (about 2,000 hours per year).  

What happens if we go over the utilization hours? 

  • Overtime charges may apply, which can range from 45 cents per hour to more than $5.00 per hour. 

Can I request more utilization hours in my lease agreement? 

  • Yes, if you think you will use your forklift more than 40 hours per week, you can request a higher amount in your lease agreement.  

Should I choose a short or long-term lease? 

  • If your utilization rate is low and you want the lowest payment possible, you should pick a 5–6 year lease. If your forklift usage is high, you should consider a shorter lease.  

How much do I pay upfront?  

  • In general, there is little or no money due at signing. 

Can I buy the forklift after the lease ends?  

  • It depends on your lease agreement. If you want this option, make sure you ask for it before you sign.  

Who is your finance partner? 

Can I cancel the forklift lease? 

  • Yes, but it can be expensive. Make sure to choose the right material handling equipment and lease term for your individual needs.  

Buying, renting, or leasing an expensive piece of material handling equipment is a big purchase. An experienced material handling professional can make sure you get the most value and return on your investment. Contact us for a free consultation today! 

Signs Your Forklift Should Retire

May 29th, 2022  | 
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Your forklifts put in work day-in and day-out moving product and lifting and moving your business forward. The day will come when you lose time and money because the truck isn’t running as efficiently anymore. It may be difficult to pinpoint this time, but below are a few indicators that you may need a replacement forklift.

1. WEAR AND TEAR OF A FORKLIFT

Has forklift maintenance become a case of continual troubleshooting and increasing costs to keep your forklift running? If prolonged heavy use of your forklift fleet needs regular repairs, it may be time to consider replacing the equipment. When paying for continual repairs, the effect on the bottom line goes far beyond the cost of replacing worn bushings or repairing the electrical components in a drive motor. You may need a replacement forklift if you have some of the following repair needs:

  • Hydraulic leaks
  • Clogged fluid lines
  • Worn chains
  • A mast that won’t lift
  • Battery problems
  • Unbalanced suspension
  • Steering difficulties

2. LOSING TIME, LOSING MONEY

When you experience downtime for any unit in your forklift fleet, the cost is much more than parts and labor. You also need to factor in lost productivity and the costs of idle time for operators when their equipment is being repaired. When lost profits due to delays in product movement are taken into account, the total financial impact of an older forklift can easily extend into the thousands of dollars… per hour! Keeping spare lifts on hand is not an optimal solution due to the overall increase in operating costs. Neither are quick replacements. While lower in initial costs, they can create an endless cycle of unplanned repairs that negatively impacts your business. Retiring a forklift may be necessary if this is affecting your material handling operation.

3. AVOIDING UNEXPECTED EVENTS

Poorly maintained equipment can lead to an accident or injury, which may be avoided through regular inspections and up-to-date regular maintenance. If your forklift is starting to show signs of wear and tear, it may be time to retire or replace your forklift.

If you are experiencing some or all of these scenarios with your equipment, it may be time to reach out to your authorized Toyota Forklift dealer for a conversation. They will be able to help determine if you are in need of new equipment and get you with the right forklift. If you want more information on forklift’s useful life, download our forklift management guide, “Is it Time to Upgrade Your Forklift?”

Originally published on Toyota Forklift’s blog. Click here to subscribe.

Which Forklift Energy Source is Right for Your Shift Cycle?

April 30th, 2022  | 
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Do your forklifts ever get a break? And for how long?

This is one of the most important factors in determining the right energy source for your forklifts.

And it makes sense. Just consider those days when you’re constantly running from morning till night time. You need ALL the coffee to stay awake, energized, and ready to go. Whereas, on those more “normal” days, you can probably get by on just one or two cups in the morning.

In the same way, your forklift fleet will have different energy needs depending on the shift cycles you run them on throughout the day. While you’ll always want to consider a wide variety of options and work with an integrated solutions provider like one of Toyota’s authorized dealers, this guide can help you make a preliminary diagnosis of whether to explore electric or internal combustion options.

Single Shift Operations

While internal combustion forklifts can provide the power and efficiency needed to run a successful single shift operation, electric forklifts should be seriously considered. Operating on a single shift, you’ll be able to take full advantage of energy efficiency savings because you can allow the forklift to sit and the battery to charge while your facility is closed.

At the same time, it may take you longer to achieve a full return on your investment in electric forklifts due to your lower utilization — a key factor in determining operation and labor cost.

Multi-Shift and Continuous-Shift Operations

You will need to consider several variables when weighing lead-acid batteries and internal combustion options. The efficiency savings of lead-acid batteries are reduced the most in these operations because they are faced with needing to buy battery exchanging equipment and additional batteries — typically one for each shift. This translates into increased acquisition costs, storage space, maintenance areas, and swap times.

In this case, an internal combustion forklift option deserves serious consideration. While it is a more expensive fuel option, replacing a propane tank is quicker and requires less facility space than swapping and charging a battery.

Lithium-Ion Forklift Batteries and Shift Cycles

Lithium-ion batteries offer considerably faster charge speeds, and they can stay in the truck for multiple shifts while being opportunity charged during breaks. This means that they deliver a significant operational advantage over their lead-acid counterparts and can be considered a suitable electric option to replace propane in multi-shift operations.

However, because lithium-ion can cost up to 3x more than lead-acid, it might not be right for every operation. Single-shift operations are just one example in which efficiency returns may not outweigh the upfront costs.

To learn more about your forklift energy options, visit toyotaforklift.com/energy-solutions.

Are you ready to schedule a free on-site visit from a Los Angeles material handling expert? Contact us today.

Written by Jake Stewart, Digital Marketing Supervisor, Toyota Material Handling
Originally published on Toyota Forklift’s blog. Click here to subscribe.

A Guide to High-Capacity Forklift Attachments

April 25th, 2022  | 
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Not all customers have to move heavy loads, but sometimes they have to move things such as tires, coils, or misshapen objects that can’t be moved using traditional forks. In these cases, forklift attachments can assist customers in carrying such items, making life easier and more efficient. Below are a few commonly used high-capacity forklift attachments, with a quick explanation of how they can improve your productivity while lessening your workload.

Toyota Heavy-Duty Forklift Attachments

TELESCOPIC BOOM ATTACHMENT

The telescopic boom is an attachment that Toyota’s High Capacity Adjustable Wheel Base can utilize and works excellent with oddly shaped objects. This option effectively handles unwieldy items such as industrial machinery and massive engines, and many other things that forklift forks would typically have trouble lifting in a secure manner. With the telescopic boom, objects that were once a pain to move can easily be handled by the Toyota High Capacity Adjustable Wheel Base.

COIL RAM AND COIL-TAPERED FORK ATTACHMENTS

Coil Rams consist of a cylindrical, solid piece of steel that attaches to the carriage to securely pick up and maneuver steel coils. Operators will have control of the product, making it safe to move the product throughout the facility without damaging the coils or the forklift. An alternative to a coil ram attachment is coil-tapered forks. These forks have rounded edges that give them the ability to safely pick up a coil while also providing the versatility needed to handle other products.

TIRE HANDLER ATTACHMENT

While regular forks can move a tire, it may not be the most efficient method if you are moving them frequently. The tire handler attachment helps move large tires quickly and can potentially reduce the risk of damage. Using forks could puncture or damage the tires if you have them stacked on top of each other, but the tire handler allows you to “clamp” onto each tire, making it easier to lift and move.

These attachments represent just a few of the available offerings that can help improve your operational efficiency and productivity when it comes to lifting large, heavy loads. If none of these high-capacity attachments suit your needs, make sure you take time to discuss other options with your authorized Toyota forklift dealer. They will be able to provide detailed information regarding heavy-duty attachments for your specific operation.

Our Los Angeles material handling experts are on standby. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today.

Originally published on Toyota Forklift’s blog. Click here to subscribe.

What’s New in 2022? Twenty-Two New Forklifts 

January 21st, 2022  | 
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You read it right. Toyota launched a historic twenty-two new products this year – the most extensive product launch in the company’s history.  

Why It Matters  

Toyota’s historic launch gives it the industry’s most complete lineup of material handling solutions. Simply put, you do not need to look any further than Toyota Material Handling Solutions in Los Angeles County to take care of all your material handling products and warehousing solutions.  

More Options, Tailored Solutions  

Toyota’s historic product introduction includes a range of new warehousing solutions. The launch includes 12 new reach truck models – giving Toyota the industry’s most expansive reach truck lineup.

The new reach truck models address modern warehousing challenges with tailored solutions for narrow aisles, and picking and putaway needs. 

The expanded reach truck lineup includes:  

Strong, Versatile, and Sustainable  

Toyota Material Handling also added a Low-Level Order Picker and Furniture Order Picker, along with Enclosed End Rider and Stand-Up Rider pallet jacks. 

To round out the company’s unprecedented product launch, Toyota introduced four electric pneumatic forklift models in 3,000-17,500 pound capacities that combine strength and versatility while helping address sustainability objectives.  

Backed by Industry-Leading Experts  

The entire product lineup has the Toyota 360 Support and service guarantee and the unparalleled reputation and quality inherent in products manufactured with the world-renowned Toyota Production System and Toyota Lean Management.  

These elements, combined with the Smart Environment Sensor pedestrian detection system, mean you can have confidence in the operational safety of your equipment for years to come.  

Expert Help on Standby   

Are you interested in learning more about how our products and warehouse solutions can help your business become more productive and profitable? Contact us for a free consultation today!  

How to Move Wide Loads in Narrow Aisles

December 9th, 2021  | 
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Nothing can be more challenging than moving and lifting wide loads in narrow aisles. A forklift driver operating a standard forklift will undoubtedly need to make a lot of small, calculated moves to navigate around without damaging the load or hitting the warehouse racks – or both. And it’s probably going to take a lot more time than you’d like.    

If you want to maintain productivity and efficiency, the obvious solution is to widen the aisles. But what if you don’t have the space?   

Toyota designed two new electric forklifts to solve the specific challenge of moving and lifting wide, bulky loads in narrow aisles.   

Toyota’s New Multidirectional Reach Truck  

Toyota’s new Multidirectional Reach Truck features articulating load wheels for horizontal travel. It can travel parallel and perpendicular to racking to save time and space. It’s the ideal solution for moving materials such as lumber, pipe, carpet, and other building supplies.  

Here are some of the highlights and features of Toyota’s new Multidirectional Reach Truck:   

  • Offers improved storage density and operational efficiency for customers looking to optimize their warehouse space  
  • Suited for pallet-less load handling, long load handling, and specialty racking  
  • Handles loads up to 22 feet wide
  • Lifts up to 4,500 lbs.  

Click here to view a video of the new Multidirectional Reach Truck. 

Toyota’s New Furniture Order Picker   

Toyota’s new Furniture Order Picker lifts large items as high as 366 inches on carts or furniture platforms with ease, speed, and stability. It’s the perfect solution to increase productivity at furniture warehouses and distribution centers.   

Here’s a look at some of the highlights and features of Toyota’s new Furniture Order Picker:  

  • A great solution to handle bulky loads like couches, dining room tables, and steel panels  
  • Excellent ergonomics, intuitive functionality, and custom options  
  • Features a glance-and-go display, tight turn radius, and upgraded lift/lower speeds  
  • Available in 24v and 36v models  
  • Lifts up to 1,600 lbs.  

Click here to view a video of Toyota’s new Furniture Order Picker. 

The all-new Toyota Multidirectional Reach Truck and Furniture Order Picker are powered by AC motors. As always, every Toyota forklift purchase comes standard with the unparalleled reputation and quality inherent in products manufactured with the world-renowned Toyota Production System. And they are backed by the hallmark Toyota 360 Support promise.  

If navigating wide loads in narrow aisles is a common occurrence in your business, Toyota’s new Multidirectional Reach Truck or Furniture Order Picker might be the perfect solution for you.   

Contact us today! Our material handling experts in Los Angeles are standing by to help find the right forklift for your needs.   

FAQs About Toyota 360 Support and Support Plus 

November 12th, 2021  | 
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You might have heard of Toyota 360 Support, but do you know what it is? How about the differences between Toyota 360 Support and Toyota 360 Support Plus? It’s not complicated, but it can get a little confusing trying to figure out what these plans are and what each of them covers.  

If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Please read below for our responses to frequently asked questions about Toyota 360 Support and Toyota 360 Support Plus. 

What is the purpose of Toyota 360 Support? 

Toyota 360 Support represents Toyota’s promise to be your partner throughout the process of buying, owning, servicing, and eventually replacing the material handling equipment when the need arises. 

Why is Toyota 360 Support important? 

Downtime is the enemy. Toyota 360 Support helps you get the best results from your investments, prevent downtime, and ultimately protect your bottom line. 

Do I still get Toyota 360 Support if we move to a different state or location? 

Don’t worry – Toyota’s got you covered no matter where you are. Toyota 360 Support gives you access to the entire family of more than 3,500 certified Toyota technicians and more than 220 dealer locations across the country. 

What does Toyota 360 Support include? 

  • 4-hour guaranteed response times for emergency service requests 
  • 2-year genuine parts warranty. 

How much does Toyota 360 Support cost? 

Nothing! Toyota 360 Support comes standard as part of Toyota’s industry-leading warranty at no additional cost. 

What does Toyota 360 Support Plus include? 

Everything included in Toyota 360 Support plus: 

  • The first year of Planned Maintenance: up to 4 PMs 
  • Carriage-to-counterweight coverage: up to 3 years/6,000 hours 
  • 5-year major component coverage 

How much does Toyota 360 Support Plus cost? 

The cost of Toyota 360 Support Plus varies on whether you have a sit-down electric, narrow aisle electric, electric pallet jack/stacker, IC cushion tire, or IC pneumatic tire. Click here to find the cost for your specific model. 

Can I get Toyota 360 Support Plus if I have T-Matics installed? 

Yes, although it’s slightly more expensive. Click here to find the cost for your specific model.  

Can I get Toyota 360 Support Plus for longer than three years? 

Yes! Toyota 360 Support is also available in 4- and 5-year options on most models. Click here to check if a more extended plan is available for your specific model.  

How much money can I save with Toyota 360 Support Plus?  

A lot! But again, it’s based on whether you have a sit-down electric, narrow aisle electric, electric pallet jack/stacker, IC cushion tire, or IC pneumatic tire. Click here for a value comparison for your specific model.  

Can I get Toyota 360 Support Plus if my business is far from a Toyota dealership?  

Toyota 360 Support Plus pricing and availability apply to customer locations within 50 miles of a Toyota Forklift dealership. Additional charges may apply beyond 50 miles. 

Are you ready to purchase a forklift with Toyota 360 or Toyota 360 Support Plus? Contact us today! Our experienced material handling professionals are on standby to help you get the right forklift for your specific needs. 

If you’re concerned about having your forklift serviced during the pandemic, please read our blog post detailing how we safely service your forklift during COVID-19.

Eight Reasons You Might Need a Custom Very Narrow Aisle Turret Truck

January 18th, 2021  | 
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Sometimes a standard construction turret truck can’t do the job on hand. If you run into that problem, Steinbock’s EK-Series trucks might be the perfect solution for you.   

Steinbock makes custom solutions for customers who need a very narrow aisle turret truck and have specific or unique requirements. Steinbock uses the EK-Series as a base to develop and implement specific custom solutions to configure the perfect solution for your individual needs.   

Let’s look at eight reasons you might need a custom, very narrow aisle turret truck and the features available to help get the job done quickly and efficiently.   

1. Do you need a long-load handling solution?  

Quickly move and store various cargo carriers with Steinbock’s extended side-shift carriage. Great for companies like agricultural-equipment manufacturers.  

Move custom-sized pallets with ease with a unique width telescopic fork, perfect for companies like home products distributors that store doors on special pallets.  

Use a unique long turret to move substantial items like complete room sets. Perfect for Furniture Distributors and other similar companies.  

2. Do you have particular order picking tasks?  

Choose a model with integrated shelving and roller conveyors for box-side delivery. Great for companies like toy manufacturers who work with small parts.   

Or use the split rear console, front gate interlocks, and a large pick platform to move huge items. This option is perfect for companies like furniture stores.  

3. Do you have an application with intensive order picking?  

Use tilting side gates and tilting consoles to reduce the distance between the pallet and the storage rack. It’s a great feature to increase productivity and reduce back stress for the operator.  

4. Do you need to handle weighty and cumbersome loads?  

Choose a model equipped with a special mast and a 41-inch load center capacity rating. This option is perfect for air cargo handlers or any company that moves and stores air freight containers.  

Or choose an extra-wide chassis with long load capability. This feature is great for companies like construction equipment manufacturers who store large machine parts and tool and die on various cargo carriers.  

5. Do you need to see over tall loads?   

Choose a model with a special load handling device and an elevated cab seat. Great for companies like food manufacturers who store food products on tall custom cargo carriers.  

6. Do you have an application with double-deep storage?  

Equip your truck with a double deep telescopic fork and overhead ceiling rail support. Great for companies like tire distributors and other companies that use double-deep storage to save space.  

7. Do you need to move around inside coolers and freezers?   

Steinbock trucks feature heater elements inside the electronic controllers, hydraulic tank, and other components, special cabin insulation, double glazed glass, heated windows, and special paint to protect the vehicle from corrosion.   

8. Do you want a driverless automated option?  

Choose the standard turret fork or the telescopic fork with 3,300 pounds and 36 feet of lift capability. The intelligent sensors are great for typical warehouse environments, and onboard scanners provide real-time distance and height measurements for motion calculations. 

Are you interested in learning more about Steinbock’s custom, very narrow aisle turret truck solutions? Contact us to talk to an account manager today! 

Electric vs. IC Forklifts: Pros and Cons

December 10th, 2019  | 
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Experts at Toyota Forklifts often share their knowledge through in-depth whitepapers. Toyota’s nine-page white paperForklift Decisions and Responding to the Electric Trend, written in partnership with New Equipment Digest, examines the factors organizations should consider when choosing between an electric and IC forklift. It also includes key questions to consider when evaluating electric forklifts.   

Here is a quick summary of the white paper, broken down into bullet points with the pros and cons of electric and IC forklifts. If you’re interested in reading the entire white paper, click the link at the end of this article. 

Summary: Electric forklifts are becoming more attractive as battery costs decline and customers continue to seek fuel-saving and maintenance benefits. It doesn’t mean that IC forklifts are no longer relevant. Deciding which option is ideal depends on the intended use for the forklift and the operating environment. 

Electric Pros 

  • Battery costs are declining.
  • Lithium-ion battery technology continues to evolve. Almost every Toyota electric forklift has one or more compatible lithium-ion batteries on the market. Lithium-ion eliminates the need for watering and charges much more quickly than lead-acid batteries. It also eliminates the need to remove the battery from the truck while still maintaining the use of that truck in a multi-shift application. 
  • An electric forklift may be as much as 75% less expensive to operate than propane fuel.
  • Designed for easy access for maintenance and have fewer moving parts to maintain and repair 
  • A tighter turn radius allows an electric forklift to operate in smaller areas.
  • Advancements make electric forklifts more suitable for outdoor use. Toyota’s 3-wheel electric and 80-volt pneumatic models protect critical forklift components from potential damage due to water intrusion.

Electric Cons 

  • The initial investment for an electric forklift is more than the upfront cost of an IC vehicle. 
  • Multi-shift operations need to purchase additional electric forklifts, so some vehicles can charge while the others are in use.  
  • Alternativelya multi-shift operation may need to keep extra fully charged batteries on hand and install them to keep vehicles running.
  • Requires technical skill and a significant amount of installation time
  • Increases the need for storage space 

IC Pros 

  • IC forklifts are suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications 
  • Depending on the situation, total operating costs may be lower for IC forklifts 
  • Operations that use multiple work shifts may experience more significant savings with IC forklifts because of additional maintenance and charging requirements for battery-powered vehicles
  • Propane tanks can swap out in a few minutes, and the forklift can be back in operation quickly
  • IC forklifts only require storage space for propane tanks  

IC Cons 

  • IC forklifts require regular engine maintenance, such as oil changes, spark plugs, belts, and inspections.  
  • IC engines also tend to create more disposal waste related to maintenance, such as engine oil and transmission fluid. 

Our experienced and qualified material handling experts are ready to help you decide which forklift is best for your business and application. Contact us to help evaluate your needs and options.  

Click below to read the full white paper. 

Forklift Decisions and Responding to the Electric Trend, Whitepaper 2019

Can Ergonomics Help You Save Money?

November 11th, 2019  | 
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Products made with the latest state-of-the-art ergonomic features are great for your employees. However, you might not realize they can also be great for your financesRead on to learn how certain ergonomic features can help your forklift operators stay healthy and how healthy workers can positively impact your bottom line.   

Operators are more productive, less tired, and less likely to be injured 

Driving a forklift is a hard job. Every forklift operator’s movement causes fatigue, and a tired worker is a less productive worker.  

An injured employee is even worse. Repetitive strain injuries take a long time to develop and a long time to treat. How long? According to the Insurance Journal, on average, strains and sprains resulted in 57 missed workdays.  

If you don’t want your skilled employees fatigued or, even worse, out for an extended time due to a repetitive strain injury, help them stay healthy by purchasing a forklift with ergonomic features.  

  • Fingertip controls to reduce un-needed movements to reach controls 
  • Lower front cowls to reduce leaning to view a load 
  • Integrated scales to alleviate having to exit the truck to weigh a load 
  • Smaller steering wheels to minimize shoulder strain
  • Suspension seats to relieve lower back pain 
  • Lower step height for easy exit and entry 
  • Swivel seats to reduce feet movement when driving backward 
  • Rear safety handles with an integrated horn button to reduce twisting motions

Financial benefits over time 

When your operators are healthy, it helps your finances stay healthy, too. Here are several ways ergonomics can help your bottom line. 

  • Reduced workers compensation claims  
  • Reduced accidents and OSHA fines 
  • Employees take less sick time 
  • Higher quality of work 
  • Higher rate of employee retention 

Forklift operators spend hours driving every day. Keep these ergonomic features and benefits in mind to protect the health of your drivers and the health of your bottom line. Need help finding the right forklift for your operators and application? Let us help. Click here to contact us today. 

How to Tell If You Need a New Forklift 

November 6th, 2019  | 
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Forklifts are the workhorses of the material handling industry. A quality forklift lasts a long time, but unfortunately, they don’t last forever. Most business owners want to get the most of their equipment, so how do you find the sweet spot in between retiring a forklift too soon or waiting too long?  

Gather the data 

There are several things to consider before you decide to replace a piece of expensive equipment. To make sure you make a well-informed decision, gather the following information: 

  • The age of the forklift
  • The forklift brand’s estimated life expectancy/hours of operation
  • The current hours of use 
  • The current and past type of application 
  • Maintenance logs to determine frequency and type of repairs 

Ask your forklift operator 

Your forklift operator will most likely be the first person to notice signs of wear and tear. Ask them to be on the lookout for any of these issues: 

  • Signs of cracks and other distortions anywhere on the forklift 
  • Wear and tear on the fork blades 
  • Wires that are worn, broken, or exposed 
  • A sluggish engine or transmission  

General questions to keep in mind   

As a forklift owner, here are a few questions task yourself to determine if it’s time to replace your equipment: 

  • Is your forklift out for repairs more than usual? Unless it’s planned downtime, you’re probably losing time and money if your forklift is out for repairs.  
  • Have you exceeded the recommended hours of operation? Well-built forklifts have a lifespan between 10,000 and 20,000 work hours. If you’re past the limit, you’re playing roulette with unplanned downtime. 
  • Is your forklift used in extreme applications or temperatures? It’s essential to understand anything beyond regular use will cause a forklift to age faster.
  • Is your engine or transmission going bad? It can cost thousands of dollars to repair a failing engine or transmission. Do the math before you spend the money on repairs -you might want to spend your budget on a new lift truck with the latest technology.  

Our best advice is to start this process well before needing a new forklift. A planned purchase where you budget and research before you buy is ideal. A surprise last-minute purchase when your forklift breaks down during your busiest season is not.  

Need help figuring out if it’s the right time to replace your forklift or forklift fleet? Let us help. Click here to contact us today.  

Benefits of Toyota Electric Forklifts

September 5th, 2019  | 
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There are a lot of forklift brands, so how do you determine which one is best for your business and your forklift operators? There are many reasons to consider Toyota, including results from a side-by-side comparison of Toyota’s 3-Wheel electric forklift and the competition.

We compiled a handy list for you to make it easy to see all the advantages of buying a Toyota electric forklift. Here’s why you should consider Toyota first when purchasing an electric forklift. 

Longer battery life. Toyota’s 3-Wheel Electric has a 40 percent longer run time on a single battery charge than the competition. Click here to watch a video of Toyota’s 3-Wheel Electric versus Crown and Yale. 

Industry-leading acceleration and travel speed. Toyota’s 3-Wheel electric is 23 percent faster in travel speed. 

More energy efficient. Toyota’s 3-Wheel Electric is 15 percent more energy efficient than the competition. 

Faster lift and lower speeds. Toyota’s 3-Wheel electric is eight percent faster in average lift/lower speed. 

Cold storage model. Toyota’s Small 4-Wheel Electric model is designed for cold storage applications and can be used in a freezer at temperatures to -4° F (-20° C) continuously. 

Indoor and outdoor solution. Instead of supplementing your indoor electric fleet with IC counterparts for your outdoor application, Toyota’s Electric Pneumatic provides an all-electric option for both indoor and outdoor use. 

Rust-proof model. Toyota offers a rust-proof model for extra protection on components prone to rust when exposed to moisture or corrosive elements such as salt, water, or brine. 

T-Matics Vehicle Management System. Toyota’s Vehicle Management System tracks impacts, utilization, and maintenance schedules. 

Built in the U.S., Toyota began building forklifts in Columbus, Indiana, in 1990 and celebrated its 500,000th forklift built in the U.S. in 2015. Click here to watch a short video of the milestone forklift delivered to paper and packaging manufacturer RockTenn. 

#1 Selling forklift since 2002. Toyota has been named the number one selling forklift by Modern Materials Handling magazine since 2002. Click here to see the 2019 list of Top 20 Lift Truck Suppliers.  

Watch it in action. Click here to watch Toyota’s electric forklifts make light work of lifting and moving racks of heavy tires at Falken’s New Jersey distribution center. 

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