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Deciding which material handling provider and equipment you want to go with can be a difficult and drawn out process. Determining what purchasing method to use to procure that equipment, however, doesn’t have to be. Buying, renting, and leasing forklifts all have their own unique advantages. The points outlined in this article will help identify which method is best for your operation so that you can get those forklifts on order as soon as possible.
Construction, maintenance, and facility enhancements offer complex needs, especially when they occur in areas that are already in use. Current infrastructure can block access to a needed area. Equipment use of varied sorts can cause task execution headaches. And the people in high traffic environments challenge operators to move carefully to remain productive while remaining unobtrusive, allowing people to use those spaces with little interruption. A vertical mast lift offers one answer to help meet each of these challenges.
Vertical mast lifts are a type of aerial work platform intended to provide access to high reaching tasks while allowing for tight fitting access and a small space footprint. While similar to scissor lifts, vertical mast lifts utilize a multi-stage mast that accommodates a smaller footprint than traditional personnel lifts like scissor lifts. They come equipped with platform extensions that extend beyond the base of the vehicle.
Facility designers often pay close attention to the long term maintenance needs of the operation. Sometimes those designers consider what equipment can be used to fulfill those needs. But over the lifetime of any evolving work environment, unexpected infrastructure changes arise – as do unexpected maintenance needs.
A vertical mast lift can help meet high reaching maintenance needs when original or new facility infrastructure can be difficult to navigate. With a width of only 30 inches and a length of four and a half feet, the AICHI Vertical Mast Lift can fit through standard doorways, in between tight racking, or in other spaces obstructed by infrastructure. Have a need to fit between ducts for heating and cooling work or pipes to fix facility plumbing? The platform dimensions of a vertical mast lift are built to access these spaces. And with many models like the AICHI Vertical Mast Lift equipped with zero-degree turn radius, versatility in maneuvering is optimal for tight locations. Has a new rack appeared directly beneath an electrical box you need to access? Position an AICHI Vertical Mast Lift next to the rack and use its 15-inch platform extension to reach over the rack and get to the task.
Smart operations managers and construction project managers plan routing of their equipment carefully to make the most use of the space and assist operators in maintaining efficient operation. When maintenance needs arise in areas with high traffic from other equipment, a vertical mast lift’s small footprint can help optimize space. By working close to exterior walls of a facility or on the outside perimeter on a construction site and taking up little space, other industrial equipment can maintain optimal operation and efficiency.
Maintenance in and around buildings that grant public access is a common need. While proper precautions need to be exercised when performing maintenance around non-facility personnel/operators, vertical mast lifts come equipped with features to assist in the protection of both the operator and passersby. The AICHI Vertical Mast Lift features systems like anti-rollback and lift interlock when a steep grade is detected. Standard pothole protectors and reduced travel speed when elevated also enhance the protection provided to the operators when working at height.
Vertical mast lifts are versatile and offer an excellent solution for accessing difficult to reach areas for maintenance. While they do provide a flexible solution, key considerations such as platform height need and weight requirements must be considered. As these requirements increase, consider investing instead in an AICHI Scissor Lift for increase height and weight capacity with a slightly larger physical footprint.
The TuffCab Panel Cab Enclosure comes complete with windshields, roofs and rear panels that can be purchased and installed individually or in sets. They are simple, easy to install and cost effective. TuffCabs are made of durable heavy gauge steel and tempered safety glass construction. Windshields include a 12V wiper. They offer excellent visibility with a large roof view and rear window panel for backup protection. The TuffCab is available for Toyota Models 8FGU25, 30 and 35 as well as Toyota Models 8FG40U, 45U and 50U.
The TuffCab Forklift Panel Cab Enclosure features:
1. Durable Steel & Safety Glass Construction
2. Easy Clamp-On Installation
3. Easy Fold-Up Curtains for Operator
4. Fast Lead-times
5. Full Enclosure or Individual Components Available
6. Windshiled Includes 12V Wiper
Every operation needs the right tool for the job. Which is why choosing a forklift with the correct tire type is extremely important. When it comes to working on uneven terrain, pneumatic tires are your best bet for standing up to the challenge. But why are pneumatic tires the best choice for outdoor use? Here is a little more about pneumatic tires, and the benefits of having them on your forklift.
To start, pneumatic tires are similar to your regular car or truck tires, and are most commonly used outdoors. There are two types, solid pneumatics and air pneumatics. The air pneumatics are filled with air, while the solid pneumatics are made of rubber and more puncture proof. If you have nails, rocks, or other sharp objects around the yard or workspace, you may want to lean more towards the solid pneumatic option.
One of the biggest benefits of using pneumatic tires are their ability to absorb the unevenness of terrain. This allows for a smoother ride, and less bumping and shaking. They are also going to have a thicker tread, which provides traction to drive over loose and uneven surface.
The value of pneumatic tires in outdoor applications is that they ultimately increase your uptime. Using the alternative, cushion tires outdoors will quickly lead to damage that will mean you’re sitting and waiting on replacements. If you have a continual outdoor need, make sure you work with your Toyota dealer to get the right pneumatic tire forklift for the job.
Original Post: Lucas Collom, Digital Projects Administrator, Toyota Material Handling, USA
Different types of pallet racks might offer the best solution for your operations – and Dillon Toyota Lift's Warehouse Solutions team can source whichever you need. But how to choose? Here are some basics to help:
Selective Racking – Usually single-deep, this type of racking makes any pallet in the rack system accessible without having to move another pallet.
Pallet Flow Racking – Often referred to as gravity racking, gravity allows the pallet to roll to the front of the system upon loading. When the pallet is removed from the front of the racking system, the pallets behind roll to the front.
Push Back Racking – Used for high-density storage, carts in the rack are stacked on top of each other. The first pallet is loaded from the front and sits on the top cart. When the second pallet is loaded, it pushes the top cart with the first pallet back, granting access to place the new pallet on the second cart.
Drive-In Racking –Used to store a high number of SKUs, forklifts drive into the racking system to move a pallet. This type of pallet racking system is cost-effective by maximizing storage space.
Sakichi Toyoda, born in 1867, was the son of Ikichi and Ei Toyoda. From an early age, Sakichi had a passion for learning and a desire to contribute to society through the creation of new and useful inventions. Through hard work and perseverance, he quickly become known as a prominent inventor in Japan after obtaining patents for the Toyoda wooden hand loom and Toyoda power loom.
Over the years, Sakichi continued to invent more sophisticated and advanced looms and eventually established Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd. in 1926. Although their primary function was the invention and manufacture of looms, the company had larger aspirations of broader research and inventions outside of the textile industry. This drive is what led to the company’s significant business diversification efforts that resulted in the eventual design and production of engines, automobiles, air compressors, and, of course, forklifts.
Toyoda began development of their first lift truck in 1955 and by 1956, the model LA 1-ton internal combustion engine counterbalanced forklift was launched through Toyota Motor Sales Co. (currently Toyota Motor Corporation). The name change from “Toyoda” to “Toyota” actually occurred because the latter can be written with eight strokes in Japanese katakana and eight is regarded as a lucky number in East Asian culture.
The lift truck market grew rapidly in the 1960’s, and in 1970 Toyota established a dedicated factory for production of industrial vehicles in Takahama, Japan on an over 1 million square foot parcel of land. This facility is still used to this day as Toyota forklift’s headquarters and main manufacturing facility. In 1970, Toyota systemized the Toyota Production System (TPS) based on two main ideologies: “Just-in-Time” and “Jidoka (automation with a human touch)”. While TPS has evolved over time, it is currently a world renowned philosophy that is practiced at all Toyota production facilities across the world.
Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, more diversified products began to be designed and manufactured including diesel and electric forklifts, models with lift capacities up to 40 tons, and even an extensive lineup of forklift attachments and options. Increasing global demand for these products led to the first Toyota forklift sale in the United States in 1967.
As the number of exports to the US grew, the need for an overseas manufacturing facility became apparent. In 1988, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM) was established as a joint venture with Toyota Motor Sales in Columbus, Indiana with production beginning in 1990. By 1995, Toyota forklift production had reached 1 million units globally and was still going strong. The acquisition of BT Industries AB of Sweden and introduction of the world’s first AC powered electric forklift in 2000 further bolstered sales and market share.
In order to unify manufacturing and marketing and sales operations, Toyota Material Handling was established in 2001 under Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) with separate divisions across the globe, including Toyota Material Handling, USA (TMHU) in North America. That same year, Toyota attained first place in global market share and by 2002 had also attained first place in US market share, both distinctions that are still held to this day.
In April of 2006, Toyota Material Handling Group (TMHG) was created to facilitate integration of Toyota Material Handling and BT Industries Group. This joint venture improved global competitiveness and allowed the companies to realize synergies by mutually supplying each other’s products, engaging in joint development, reorganizing sales and service networks, and sharing production expertise.
These synergies allowed Toyota to continue to position itself as a true full line supplier of material handling equipment. Reach trucks, order pickers, tuggers, pallet jacks, and more joined Toyota’s line up of premier sit-down counterbalanced products throughout the 2000’s. In 2003, the AICHI Corporation became a subsidiary of Toyota, adding a diverse offering of aerial work platforms and construction equipment to the product mix. Cascade Corporation, the world leader in design and manufacture of material handling attachments and accessories, was later acquired in 2013.
In addition to being a full line supplier of material handling equipment, Toyota also continues to position themselves as premier material handling solutions providers. TICO’s acquisition of Bastian Solutions, LLC and Vanderlande in 2017, for example, signifies Toyota’s strategic ambition to increase their presence in automated material handling, systems integration, and advanced logistics technology.
This dedication to innovation and diversification started with Sakichi Toyoda’s vision over 100 years ago. What started as one man’s dream and a small loom manufacturing company has evolved into one of the largest and most recognized companies in the world. Sakichi passed away in October 1930 after dedicating 63 years to invention, but his spirit still lives on in all Toyota companies. His lasting legacy will continue to inspire us all for years to come.
Original Post: Trinton Castetter, Product Marketing Specialist, Toyota Material Handling
Forklift safety is an ongoing learning experience. Proper training in accordance with OSHA requirements should be the first priority for all forklift operators. It is imperative that anyone who operates a forklift complies with OSHA’s training requirements. OSHA requirements have been in effect since 1999. Since they began mandating the training, forklift accidents have decreased even though the number of forklifts in use has risen steadily. An organization can be fined as much as $100,000 if proper training is not conducted for forklift operators.
Nearly 100 workers are killed each year in forklift related accidents. 24% of these accidents are the result of rollovers. Other accidents include works being struck by the forklift load, by the forklift itself, or workers falling off the forklift. The need to give safety your utmost attention as a business operator is made clear when assessing the statistics associated with forklift accidents. For example:
Keeping these serious and troubling statistics in mind, implementing best practices in your facility in regard to safety is highly important.
Improper forklift operation results in accidents, damage to products and facilities, and is the result of law suits for companies each year. By following OSHA regulations and adopting strict training rules and regulations at your organization, you can prevent these accidents.
While following these procedures can result in an improved safety setting, below are some specific situations where safety questions and concerns continually arise.
Beyond following these rules for safety success, giving special attention to your facilities can help to improve safety in your operations. There are some general pieces of advice that can be followed, but remember, the unique needs and designs of your operation will ALWAYS dictate what safe practice looks like. Be sure to thoroughly analyze the safety of your site before making any major changes.
So, you’ve purchased a 6,000 lb. forklift. That means you can lift 6,000 lbs. at all times, no matter what, right? Wrong.
The capacity rating of a forklift is the maximum weight at which it is able to safely maneuver at a specific load center. If the forks are not at that exact load center, if the mast type has been changed, or if attachments have been added, the forklift is not capable of maneuvering that load safely.
To avoid making the colossal mistake of exceeding your forklift’s maximum capacity, remember the following:
Though forklift accidents are becoming less frequent every year, one main cause of forklift accidents is an operator trying to maneuver loads that exceed the forklift’s capacity rating. Talk to your local Toyota Forklift Dealer to learn more about forklift capacity ratings and which forklift would be best for you and your business.
Forklift safety is no laughing matter. Toyota makes it our priority to ensure that safety is at the forefront of all of our manufacturing processes and training efforts. But while safety comes standard at Toyota, it’s the responsibility of operators and their managers to be sure that Toyota forklifts are being used appropriately. When risks are taken in the name of having fun or joking around, accidents are bound to happen.
Operators should monitor their personal behavior. But a good working environment means that operators are also looking out for each other as well. That means reporting inappropriate behavior when they see it. Here are a few clear examples of inappropriate forklift use for which operators and managers should be on the lookout:
Toyota’s full line of material handling solutions help our customers get the job done, no matter how large or small the task. Whether you’re looking to acquire your first Toyota or want to expand your fleet of Toyota forklifts, use these videos as a guide to determine which product is the right fit for you.
Internal Combustion Forklift Official Videos:
The Mid IC Pneumatic is ready to help you tackle a wide variety of outdoor challenges.
The THD High-Capacity IC Pneumatic offers massive power, lifting up to 125,000 lbs.
Electric Forklift Official Videos:
The Toyota Core Electric Forklift offers great versatility and maintains high levels of productivity with its fast full-load travel speed.
The 3-Wheel Electric Forklift leads the industry in travel speed and run time and can fit into the narrowest of aisles.
The Stand-Up Rider Forklift offers unique dock-to-stock capabilities that make it one of Toyota’s most adaptable products.
The 80V Electric Forklift is built to handle rugged outdoor work in changing weather conditions and offers a green alternative to IC forklifts for outside applications.
Electric Pallet Jack and Stacker Official Videos:
The Electric Walkie Stacker offers a reliable and efficient warehouse stacking solution for the busiest of spaces.
The Electric Pallet Jack is an ideal solution for unloading and loading trailers while making mid-distance runs quicker and easier.
Reach Truck Official Video:
The Reach Truck allows operators to navigate narrow aisles and feel secure in fork placement when placing and pulling pallets from high racks.
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Keeping a warehouse running smoothly and productively is one of the biggest challenges facing business operators across a wide variety of industries. Whether you’re moving pallets full of food, large stacks of tires, or other materials ready for distribution, choosing the right forklift can mean a world of difference in levels of productivity.
Toyota’s line of electric material handling equipment is wide-ranging and includes forklifts, electric walkie pallet jacks, electric stackers, order pickers, and reach trucks. All of these options increase your uptime because of low maintenance requirements, drastically cut the fuel cost of your fleet, and produce no fuel exhausts (which keeps your employees healthy and your goods clean).
With lifting capacities ranging from 2,000-12,000 lbs., Toyota offers an electric option for almost any warehousing application. Here are just a few options that help make Toyota your full line supplier of material handling equipment.
Core Electric Forklift:
The Toyota Core Electric Forklift is one of the most versatile products available for your warehouse needs. Offering a 6,500 lb. lift capacity and the ability to navigate 11 ft. aisles, the Core Electric is a must-have for operations in large warehouse spaces.
Stand-Up Rider Forklift:
The Toyota Stand-Up Rider Forklift is a warehouse solution for highly mobile operators. If your warehouse applications call for operators to constantly get on and off their forklift, the Stand-Up Rider might just be the right fit in tight spaces.
3-Wheel Electric Forklift:
The Toyota 3-Wheel Electric Forklift lets your operators maneuver tight aisles effortlessly. It can operate nimbly in spaces under 10’ because of its zero-turn radius and compact manufacturing.
80V Electric Pneumatic Forklift:
With its rugged design, The Toyota Electric Pneumatic Forklift is capable of withstanding harsh conditions when warehouses have both indoor and outdoor needs. Built to do similar work as its IC Pneumatic counterparts, these machines allow all-electric fleets to stay that way.
Electric Walkie Pallet Jack:
For mid-distance runs that require more speed and power than a standard hand pallet jack can provide, Toyota’s Electric Walkie Pallet Jack offers operators the flexibility they need to tackle many warehouse challenges. It also gives their backs a break from manual labor, keeping them working, happy, and healthy.
Electric Walkie Stacker:
For your short and mid-distance warehousing needs that require stacking capabilities, the Toyota Electric Walkie Stacker offers an alternative when a full-sized electric forklift just isn’t necessary. It’s ideal for light-duty stacking in busy warehouses.
The Toyota 6-Series and 7-Series Order Pickers offer easy solutions for your order retrieval needs. With their compact engineering, our order pickers can navigate in very narrow aisles allowing for more efficient warehouse design.
With Toyota Reach Trucks, expanding warehouses can grow up instead of out. When you can reach high to several levels of warehouse racks, you efficiently use your space leading to increases in revenue and ROI.
Still not sure what warehouse forklift to choose? Here’s a quick reference by industry:
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We understand that forklifts and palletized goods go hand-in-hand. But not all loads fit onto pallets, and we understand that, too. Some loads are bulky, oddly-shaped, and far too heavy to be lifted using a regular sit-down, stand-up rider, or walkie forklift model.
Over the years, Toyota Forklifts has evolved its product line to include some of the most robust, high-capacity material handling equipment on the market. The Toyota Heavy Duty line is built for big jobs.
And big jobs come in all shapes and sizes.
We’ve got massive machines that can move fully-loaded containers. Our High-Capacity Marina Forklift can lift boats – yes, boats – in and out of the water using its unique, galvanized marina forks. These machines take on some of the heaviest, toughest jobs out there – but there is still some uniformity to the loads they move.
Why forks and a rigging boom attachment? We’re glad you asked!
When there isn’t uniformity to the stuff you’re moving, you need a solution as unique as the loads you’re lifting. The time may come when you need to move large machinery, molds, or dies in a variety of different locations or warehouse spaces. It can be challenging to move such odd-shaped loads safely and efficiently – especially indoors, where space and maneuverability limitations make jobs unsuitable for cranes or other traditional rigging apparatuses.
Imagine a forklift that can take on the added challenge of rigging materials. That’s where the Toyota High-Capacity Adjustable Wheelbase comes into play. With its hydraulically-powered, multi-stage telescoping boom, it offers the rigging capabilities that can handle unwieldy, oddly-shaped loads that other high-capacity trucks can’t.
Your load may require just the use of the standard boom attachment, which can be easily installed or removed and can be stored on portable stands until it is needed again. Other times, you might need just the forks without the boom attachment. But some loads require the boom attachment and the added support of the truck’s forks. Whatever your high-capacity lifting need, the Adjustable Wheelbase offers the versatility to take on the task.
When you think of large industrial equipment, “flexibility” is probably one of the last words that comes to mind. You won’t see our trucks doing cartwheels or walking a tightrope anytime soon – but that doesn’t mean we can’t be masters of flexibility, in the non-traditional sense, with the High-Capacity Adjustable Wheelbase leading the charge.
We know that facilities are growing increasingly tried for storage space, and big trucks that lift several tons aren’t known for being small. But the Adjustable Wheelbase gives you the best of both worlds. With a horizontally-adjustable counterweight that extends with just the push of a button, this truck allows for load capacities up to 80,000 pounds. Then, retract the counterweight with another click of the button to move through tight spaces and store the forklift compactly when not in use.
The High-Capacity Adjustable Wheelbase models are also equipped with removable counterweight slabs, which can be great for rental companies that need to move this truck from place to place. Removing these slabs reduces the overall truck weight, giving you more transportation options.
Did you ever play with a remote-control car growing up? Well, imagine using a remote control on this rigging forklift beast.
It’s not quite the same as steering a small car around your living room floor, but it can control functions such as lifting and lowering, traveling, and extending the forklift’s counterweight.
This control is built with operator comfort in mind and equipped with a waist/shoulder strap for added comfort so that your operators are focused on the task at hand: ensuring each load is lifted properly and transported safely.
Taking the Toyota High-Capacity model lineup to the next level meant equipping our products with the latest forklift technology. The MD4 seven-inch touch screen display provides advanced diagnostics, performance details, and other vital forklift information right at your fingertips.
With the extendable counterweight of High-Capacity Adjustable Wheelbase, you’ll have more control over capacity options, and the MD4 display is right there with you, calculating the truck’s estimated lifting capacity at each configuration.
Some additional features of the MD4 Display include:
Not all Toyota Forklifts products are – well, forklifts. As a full-line material handling solutions provider, we build specialized equipment for a variety of lifting and material transportation needs. Extend your reach with AICHI E-Series Scissor Lifts, maneuver around airplanes with one of our tow tractors, or add automation to your facility with a Toyota Automated Guided Vehicle.
This rigging machine is one of many unique Toyota products, and it is proudly assembled in the United States to take on tough challenges. And because this is a Toyota, you’re promised a product produced with innovative design, a commitment to safety, and attention to detail.
Plus, when you invest in Toyota, you’re promised the top-of-the-line support and product expertise from the largest North American dealer network, in the industry. Toyota Certified Technicians always come prepared with Toyota Genuine Parts that will keep this high-capacity rigging forklift up and running.
For more information about the High-Capacity Adjustable Wheelbase forklift and our other product offerings for unique applications, contact us or request a quote!
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