Lithium Ion Forklift Batteries: What You Need to Know

 In the material handling industry, speed and productivity matter. Running an efficient operation means higher margins and happy customers. But, during an average shift, how much productivity is lost because employees have to service batteries or wait for a piece of equipment to charge up?

Lithium-ion batteries transformed the personal electronics industry, but haven’t had the same impact on industrial equipment - yet. Times are changing. A food and beverage distributor recently worked with Toyota to switch to an all lithium-ion forklift fleet. The results were impressive.

4 Reasons to Use Forklift Fork Extensions

Extendable reachforks are an easy way to improve the efficiency of your warehouse. By converting standard lift trucks to carry twice as many pallets, you’ll experience substantial cost savings. Fork extensions also allow your operation to switch to double-deep pallet racks - which can increase warehouse space by 30%.

The four main advantages of hydraulic forklift extensions/ reachforks are:

    • Space saving with double-deep pallet racks
    • Time savings for applications with numerous load sizes and shapes
    • Unload and load multiple pallets per pick for 50% time savings
    • Load/unload trailers from just one side - improve safety, save time and labor costs

Forklift Repair and Emergency Service

If your forklift breaks down:
First - move it to an isolated area (if possible) 
Next - get some basic details (make, model and serial number) before you call for service.

Additional details, like the machine's service history, can help the technician get to the root of the problem faster. Learn more about what to expect when you request mobile forklift repair.

Employee Spotlight - Forklift Technicians

At any company, it's the people who make a difference. Toyota Material Handling Northern California (TMH) is proud to be a family company -  in terms of ownership, the camaradrie among team members, and because we offer competitive salaries and great benefits so our staff and their families can live happy, healthy lives.  In this post, we'd like you to meet a few of our forklift field technicians.

Stand-Up Forklift Pros and Cons

Stand-up forklifts (also known as stand-on and electric riders) are designed for applications where the operator must get on and off the lift truck frequently. They are more maneuverable and need less space to operate than sit-down forklifts. Read on to learn the Pros and Cons of stand-up forklifts.

4 Ways to Protect Your Pallet Racking

Pallet rack uprights and beams are in constant danger of impact from forklifts and other material handling equipment. Even if product isn’t damaged during a collision, bent rack is an accident waiting to happen. Pallet racking protectors can easily pay for themselves by absorbing the brunt of an impact.

Pallet Jacks and Trucks Electric Vs. Manual

Pallet jacks are a must-have for most warehouses. They save time, are easily to maneuver and go where large forklifts can’t. In today’s post, we’ll review the pros and cons of manual and electric pallet jacks - also known as pallet trucks and hand forklifts.

How to Choose the Right Type of Forklift Mast

Choosing the forklift mast is an important consideration when buying a new or used forklift. The mast lifts, lowers and positions the load and there are four common types: 2 stage (V), 2 stage with free lift (FV), 3 stage (FSV) and quad mast (4 stage – QFV).

Review: Advance SC6000 Industrial Floor Scrubber

Product Name:  
Advance SC6000
Manufacturer:  Nilfisk-Advance
Notable features: SmartFlow™ reduces water and chemical use up to 50%, SmartKey™ creates different levels of user access and integrated impact detection improves operator accountability.  The machine also has a USB charging port, and the instrument panel language can be switched from English to Spanish (or other languages).

Price Range: $26k- $29k, or $18k-$20k without EcoFlex 
Value for the money:
Options: Dustguard 5-stage dust control system traps dust before it becomes airborne. Other options include:

  • Cylindrical or disc scrubbing
  • Hose kit
  • Vacuum wand
  • Heavy-duty bumper
  • LED headlights and warning beacon
  • Right-side broom
  • Overhead guard
  • Cruise control

Best for: The SC6000 autoscrubber can be used in retail applications with smooth surfaces and tile floors, and in large areas such as manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers, or anywhere fast and efficient cleaning is a must.

Not recommended for: 
outdoor applications.

View current inventory:
In-stock availability for a new Advance SC6000 floor scrubber.
Check rental inventory for floor sweepers and scrubbers. 

Floor Scrubbers: Disc Versus Cylindrical

Today’s post will review the differences between autoscrubbers that use disc scrubbing heads versus cylindrical brushes.

Disc Scrubbers: Generally speaking, disc scrubbers are two, flat pads or brushes that turn at 300 RPM while water shoots between them. Depending on the brush, these machines can shine floors, remove scuff marks, strip wax, or used as tile cleaning machines. Generally speaking, the walk-behind floor scrubbers you see are typically disc scrubbers.

Cylindrical Scrubbers: A cylindrical scrub brush system will (wet) sweep small debris into a removable tray while also washing the floor. Two rod-shaped brushes turn in opposite directions. The rear brush turns backward and kicks small debris into a hopper behind the scrub head. Optional side brooms provide greater debris capture. Cylindrical scrub brushes turn much faster than disc scrubbers (600-800 RPMs) .

With cylindrical scrubbers, there’s no need to pre-sweep. Eliminating this extra step make cylindrical scrubbers a smart choice for large spaces such as warehouses and parking garages.

Read on to learn the benefits of disc versus cylindrical floor scrubbers for a variety of applications. 

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