When to Lease Vs Buy an Electric Forklift - 3 Questions to Ask

One of the many decisions you’ll make when investing in a new piece of equipment is whether to buy or lease. A big part of that decision is the forklift's battery and what it will eventually cost to replace it.

A forklift battery should last a single-shift operation five to eight years. Proper care and maintenance can extend battery life up to ten years, but they don't last forever. The average cost to replace an industrial battery is about $6,000 (give or take $1,000). Contact your rep for a more precise quote. 

If you’re unsure whether to lease or buy an electric lift truck outright, consider:
- How many hours will the forklift will be used each year?
- What is the operation’s current / future cash flow?
- Can the forklift be well-maintained by staff?

New Scissor Lifts for Sale and Rental

Scissor lifts, a type of aerial lift, are commonly found in warehouses, construction and manufacturing. They're also increasingly popular for facility maintenance, retail and entertainment use (think video shoots). Wherever there’s a job that needs to be done up high: painting, installation, etc., a scissor lift is a solid go-to.

What distinguishes a scissor lift from other types of aerial lifts are the cross-crossing arms beneath the platform that open and close like scissors as they lift and lower. In fact, OSHA classifies scissor lifts not as aerial lifts, but as mobile scaffolds. That said, the OSHA guidelines for scissor lifts are similar to those for other types of aerial lifts.

This article covers different types of scissor lifts and how to choose the right scissor lift for your operation.

Scissor Lift Training and Safety

According to OSHA, the major causes of injuries and fatalities involving aerial lifts are: collapses or tip-overs, falls and electrocution.  Though OSHA classifies scissor lifts as a mobile scaffolds (not aerial lifts), the safety guidelines are similar.

Scissor lifts can be used in place of a boom lift in warehouses, construction, manufacturing, video shoots and a many other industries. Scissor lifts are different from other types of aerial lifts mainly because the mechanism that does the lifting is a set of crossed beams that extend and close like scissors. 

In this article, we’ll review some important safety guidelines for using scissor lifts and OSHA / Cal OSHA requirements for training.

4 Expensive Forklift Repairs and How to Prevent Them

Forklifts and other material handling equipment are rugged machines, built to work hard, but they’re not invincible. All too often we end up doing expensive repairs on equipment that could have been avoided had the machine been properly maintained.

Your equipment is an investment and proper maintenance will help you maximize its value. Many problems start out small; catch them early and avoid a big pain in your checkbook. Wait too long and it’s going to cost you: time, labor, and productivity.

But you can benefit from the mistakes of others. Below are a few recent examples - from real TMHNC customers - of four expensive repairs that could have been prevented.

Toyota Forklift Dealership Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Toyota Material Handling of Northern California (TMHNC) is one of Toyota’s first and longest-standing forklift dealerships in the United States. Here's an announcment about three changes to the senior leadership - effective May 1, 2017.

Richard Andres has stepped down as President and CEO and has a new role as Chairman of RJMS Corporation and Toyota Material Handling Northern California. Richard will work as an adviser to the Executive Team.

Mark Andres, a TMHNC employee since 1995, is the new President / CEO of Toyota Material Handling Northern California. In this role, he will be responsible for the leadership of TMHNC and maintaining relationships with Toyota and other major product lines.

Stephen Andres, who started with TMHNC in 1997, has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Stephen will oversee total company operations including: Service, Parts, Fleet, Rental, Human Resources, and IT.

Review: Toyota Electric Walkie Stacker Pallet Jack

Product Name: Electric Walkie Stacker
Manufacturer: Toyota
Lift Capacity: 2,000 - 2,500lbs
Notable features: The walkie stacker is very budget friendly and has adjustable base legs to accommodate different pallet sizes and/or aisle configurations. The walkie stacker also has built in performance programming which requires no additional tools. This allows us to set speed and performance settings to better suit each customer's application.
Price Range:
$11,000 - $13,500 
Value for the money: G
Optional Equipment:

  • AC drive
  • IP65 Electrical rating
  • Maintenance free battery pack
  • On-board charger
  • Electronic brake release
  • Adjustable base legs

Best for: Light duty applications, small warehouses, mezzanines.
Not recommended for: Outdoor use, loads exceeding 2,500lbs, applications with lift heights exceeding 12 feet,  or warehouses with multiple pallet dimensions.

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Narrow Aisle Warehouse Equipment

Narrow Aisles and Very Narrow Aisles enable a warehouse or distribution center to maximize space, but can also make material handling a challenge. Most forklifts are too large to turn and stack a load in a narrow aisle - but what’s the alternative? An expensive and financially risky building expansion?

As an increasing number of warehouses and distribution centers opt for narrow aisles, Toyota developed new solutions - even for very narrow aisles only 5-7 feet wide.

Narrow Aisle Definition:

Typical aisles: 10.5 feet wide or more (126 inches +)
Narrow aisles: 8.5’ - 10.5 feet wide (102-126 inches)
Very narrow aisles: 5-7 feet wide (60-84 inches)

In this article, we’ll review a variety of reach trucks, order pickers and forklifts and which equipment is best for narrow aisles versus very narrow aisles.

3 Most Common Forklift Accidents and How to Avoid Them

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents annually. Statistically, that means one of every ten forklifts in the US will be involved in an accident every year.

An OSHA study found 25% of forklift accidents are due to inadequate operator training, but what about the other 75%? In today’s article we’ll review the most common forklift accidents and how to prevent them through: proper training, safety equipment and proactive technology.

Buying a Forklift Which is Better: Lowest Cost of Ownership or The Lowest Price?

Some things are just worth paying more for - a decent set of tools, the family vehicle, the shoes you wear to work. A Toyota forklift may cost more upfront, but in the long run, it’s money well spent. Toyota lift trucks are durable and reliable with a low cost of ownership compared to other brands. That’s not just our opinion...

Last year Toyota was ranked the world’s #1 forklift brand for the 14th year in a row. You may have heard these “#1” claims before and wondered where this data comes from. So today we’re going to dig into some of the data and some reasons why Toyota has such a loyal following.

Review: Toyota Electric Pallet Jack

Product Name: 8HBW23 Electric Walkie Pallet Jack
Manufacturer: Toyota
Lift Capacity: 3,000 - 4,500lbs
Notable feature(s): Click to Creep Function, Electronic Brake Release, Steel Battery Case, IP65 Electrical System, and Stainless Steel Linkage Pins
Price Range:
$2,999 - $4,500 
Value for the money:
Optional Equipment:

  • 48" 60" or 72"high load backrest
  • Battery compartment 26.5" x 9" x open height
  • Battery/charger pack (24V) flooded lead-acid (175 Ah)
  • Battery/charger pack (24V) maintenance-free (195 Ah)
  • GNB maintenance-free battery/charger pack (24V-195 Ah)
  • NexSys® maintenance-free battery/charger pack
  • Charger pack (less batteries)
  • Polyurethane torsion block casters
  • Crowned poly, polyurethane or grip rubber (maxmatic tread)  drive tire
  • Convert load wheels to greasable-bearing
  • Cold storage conditioning
  • Galvanized chassis
  • UL-approved model type “E” or "EE"
  • Key switch
  • 3" lowered fork height (reduces capacity to 3000 lbs.)
  • Forward/reverse travel alarm
  • Reflective decals
  • Magnetic base shrink wrap holder

Best for: Concrete and asphalt surfaces as well as tight spaces
Not recommended for: Dirt , Gravel, or uneven surfaces

Key Safety Features:  Electric Horn, Emergency Power Disconnect,  and Anti-roll back system.

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