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The Best Forklifts for Lumber Yards

Lumber yards are one of the most demanding applications for material handling equipment - especially forklifts. Long, heavy loads and tough outdoor conditions are just a few of the many challenges associated with moving wood products.

Countless lumber yards in northern California choose Toyota forklifts because they’re durable, reliable and efficient. Ashby Lumber (Berkley, Concord, CA) switched to an all-Toyota fleet several years ago after noticing their Toyota forklifts outlasted other brands,  and they’ve never looked back.

This article will cover the most popular forklift models for lumber yards. We’ll also look at time-saving attachments and accessories.

Pallet Rack Versus Floor Stacking


Some people think if they can stack pallets double or triple high on the floor, there's no benefit to investing in a pallet racking system. This is only true if:
  1. You don’t need to move the pallets often
  2. All stacked pallets have the same product
  3. The product can support the weight of additional pallets without being crushed
  4. The products don’t expire/don’t need to be FIFO’d (first in first out)

If all four of these things apply to your products, pallet racking may not be a cost-effective choice. For everyone else, the right pallet racking system can help you maximize warehouse space, dramatically improve productivity and reduce costs. Read on to learn the pros and cons of pallet racking versus floor stacking.

Forklift Financing - Leasing vs. Purchase

Interested in financing a new forklift and unsure whether it's better to lease a forklift or buy the equipment outright?  Depending on your cash flow, capital requirements, equipment condition and usage, there are benefits to both options.

Garage of Champions Part III

Ever heard of a forklift that's old enough to vote or order a drink at a bar?  No, Toyota hasn't invented sentient forklifts, but, some of our customers have forklifts that are 18, 21, even 40+ years old and still going strong.

When you buy a Toyota forklift, you're making a smart investment in equipment that can last for years, and even decades if well-maintained. It's true, you'll pay more for a Toyota upfront, but you'll quickly lose that savings (and more) when that "cheaper" forklift needs to be repaired or replaced after just a few years.

Below are stories from two Toyota forklift owners in the Bay Area and Central Valley. You can read more stories by checking out our
Garage of Champions series. 

Do you have a Toyota forklift that's 25 years old - or older?  We'd love to share your story, drop us a line.

Forklift Certification Classes


Toyota Material Handling Northern California (TMHNC) is the industry leader in forklift and aerial lift training & certification. Our certified instructors have trained thousands of operators and can help you ensure complete compliance with federal and state OSHA requirements.

Learn more about the different types of forklift certification training we offer and upcoming class dates.

Product Review: Cascade Recycling Clamp

Product Name: Recycling Clamp Attachment
Manufacturer: Cascade
Price Range: $8,000.00 and up
Value for the money: Excellent
Cascade's Recycling Clamp is designed to withstand the most demanding applications. The attachment is built with full-length alloy steel wear bars, full-width UHMW bearings and frame bumpers to protect cylinders.

Notable features:

  • Thin arm profile for effective knifing between loads
  • Rebar rib arm facing for optimal load engagement
  • Carriage centering key for precise and secure mounting
  • Available for both high and low pressure hydraulic systems

Best for: Recycling yards, cotton gins, feed stores, hay farming operations, or anyone with a baler.

Not recommended for: Applications that require forks

How An Industrial Floor Cleaning Machine Can Pay for Itself

Ask any manager who’s dealt with a major incident or received a fine - nothing is more expensive than regret. Unfortunately, it can be hard to convince decision-makers to invest in new equipment to prevent accidents.

Understandably, managers are focused on improving profits. Shrinking budgets and (what can seem like) competing priorities can cause conflict between EHS managers and other decision-makers, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Industrial floor cleaning machines offer protection against fines and worker injuries and can pay for themselves through reduced labor costs. Commercial cleaning equipment is like  an insurance policy that also improves the bottom line.

Read on for more ways to get buy-in for an industrial floor cleaning machine purchase. Keep in mind, we can bring any equipment to your location for a free demo - including ride-on and walk-behind sweepers and automatic scrubbers. Toyota Material Handling Northern California (TMHNC) serves the Bay Area, Salinas and The Central Valley from Sacramento to Fresno.

Toyota Electric Pallet Jack Special

The right tools can make an enormous difference, and a pallet jack is one of these key pieces of equipment. A pallet jack can easily maneuver loads, and go where large forklifts can’t.

Electric pallet jacks take productivity to the next level with the benefit of an electric motor. In addition to helping the operator move loads, the motor assists with raising and lowering the forks. For this reason, electric pallet jack forks can be raised higher than manual pallet jack forks Electric pallet jacks can be used for several hours before they need to recharge and are a popular piece of equipment for warehouses, distribution centers, food and beverage facilities and operations with narrow aisles.

Learn more our year-end special pricing  on a Toyota Electric Pallet Jack and how to get a $500 rebate by trading in your old pallet jack.

How to Choose the Right Pallet Jack Wheels for Your Work Environment

After deciding between a
manual or electric pallet jack, the second most important decision you’ll make is what type of wheels you’ll use. Choose the wrong wheel, and you'll end up spending way too much replacing the wheels again and again.  Learn how to choose the best wheels for your pallet jack and your workplace conditions.

Product Review: High Density Polyethylene Pallets

Product Name:  ProGenic Heavy Duty Pallet
Manufacturer: PSI
Load Ratings: Static Load Ratings of 20,000 lbs, Dynamic load ratings of 5,000 lbs 
Notable feature(s): Lightweight, non-halogen, FM approved, FDA compliant, grommets and 6” or 5” models. The optional interrupted perimeter lip keeps product from shifting during transit.  
Price Range: $90 - $100 each
Value for the money: Excellent

Plastic Pallets are ideal for: food processing plants, vineyards, beverage companies & pharmaceutical applications

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