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Forklift Rentals

Whether you need a forklift due to an increase in business, a temporary job, or seasonal harvest, a short-term rental can help you meet demand without breaking your budget. The cost to rent a forklift is much lower than buying a forklift outright, and there’s zero risk on the model you choose. When you’re done with a job or your needs change, simply return the equipment.

Why invest in something you can’t be sure you’ll need a year or two from now? By renting a forklift, you won’t end up paying for equipment you don’t need.

This article will cover the basic things you need to know when renting a forklift including:

- The advantages of renting a forklift versus buying or leasing
- What to look for (and look out for) in a forklift rental contract
- How to rent-to-own a forklift

TMH Receives Prestigious Toyota Forklift Dealership Award

Toyota Material Handling of Northern California (TMH) has once again been awarded Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. (TMHU)’s highest honor: The President’s Award. This elite award recognizes the best Toyota forklift dealers around the country annually and is based upon:
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Equipment sales
  • Excellence in parts and service
  • Overall operations

Only 15 business receive this distinguished award each year. TMH is proud to have been selected from more than 68 Toyota forklift and material handling dealerships throughout North America. This is the 12th time TMH has been honored with the President’s Award designation in the past 20 years.

Loading Dock Seals and Shelters - Small Cost, Big Value

Sealing systems such as dock seals and shelters are a relatively low-cost investment that offer significant benefits in energy cost savings and loading dock safety. By enclosing the gap between the trailer and the dock door, parked trailers become secure, climate-controlled extensions of your facility. The right sealing system prevents outside weather (heat, cold, rain/snow) from entering your facility and damaging cargo. In addition to reducing heating and cooling costs, you maintain a clean, dry dock area and reduce the chance of a slip-and-fall accident. An enclosed dock area also means pests and vermin stay outside where they belong.

Learn more about the different options for loading dock sealing systems:

Thin Plate Pure Lead Forklift Batteries vs. Lithium Ion

If you’re looking for a replacement forklift battery that is low-maintenance and fast-charging, but don’t want to spend the money for lithium-ion, consider a thin plate pure lead battery. Unlike a lead-acid battery that requires frequent watering, a thin plate battery does not need to be watered or equalized, and (in most cases) they cost 50% less than lithium-ion.

A thin plate lead battery can charge to 100% capacity in less than one and a half hours for Class III applications, and in five hours for Class I. Thin plate lead batteries are the superior choice for opportunity or fast charging and offer greater capacity for longer run time between charges. 

Read on to learn more about thin plate lead batteries and chargers from NexSys®.

How to Choose Long-Lasting Forklift Wheels

Forklift wheels aren’t one size fits all. The wrong wheels can decay quickly and need to be replaced more often. In today’s post, we’ll review different types of forklift wheels and how to extend the life of your forklift load wheels. 

Dock Levelers Vs. Edge of Docks

Dock levelers and edge of docks are used to bridge the gap between a truck trailer and the warehouse dock. Typically, there is an 8-10 inch gap between the edge of the dock and the trailer due to rubber or steel bumpers used to protect the dock from potential damage from trucks.

In order to load or unload a trailer, the warehouse needs a bridge to drive a forklift, pallet jack, or other material handling equipment over the gap. This is where a dock leveler (aka pit leveler) or edge-of-docks comes into play.

Review: Toyota Electric Order Picker

Product Name:   Electric Order Picker (model 7bpu15)
Manufacturer: Toyota 
Lift Capacity: 3,000 lbs up to 25 feet
Notable feature(s): Narrow aisle capability, low cost, high level of customization
Price Range: $34,000 - $37,000
Value for the money: Excellent

Standard Features: 

  • Bubble-Cushioned Floor Mat - provides operator comfort for all day use even on rough surfaces
  • Fixed Side Gates – provides operator safety while offering large space for load placement
  • Flush-Mounted Brake Pedal – reduces fatigue and increases productivity
  • Anti-Rattle Mast Staging – provides confident load handling at raised heights
  • Cushioned Mast Stops - smooth stage transition while raising and lowering operator platform
  • Electronic Power Steering – provides quiet, responsive, low-effort operation in tight spaces


Best for: Toyota's electric order picker is ideal for many types of operations and industries including: warehouse order picking, and Third Party Logistics (3PL) companies with square footage over 10,000 square feet. The base legs and operator platforms are available in a variety of widths to accommodate different types of racking systems and product sizes.

Not recommended for: Do not buy this product instead of a forklift. It is not designed for placement of bulk storage/palletized goods.

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What You Don't Know About Buying a Forklift

Recently I found myself in the market for a new vehicle. When you sell industrial equipment for a living, buying a car is an eye-opening experience. On the car lot, there are (what I call) vultures, hovering around ready to dive in and hook the prey:

“Look how nice, smell the new car smell, take it for a ride, show me your license, complete this paperwork, sign here..." They get you so flustered you don’t know if you’re coming or going.

When buying a forklift, it’s a whole different approach. Sure, a forklift has four wheels, an engine, and transmission like a passenger vehicle.  But when you think about it, a forklift is an engineering marvel built around a considerable amount of rules and regulations to ensure it’s safe for the operator and capable of doing the job. I see my role as an industrial equipment specialist to build a forklift around the customer’s products and requirements. This starts by asking the right questions, things they might not have thought of...

Single-Double Forklift Attachments

It’s been said that the single-double forklift attachment may have been the greatest thing to happen to material handling productivity in the last thirty years. The single-double allows a standard forklift to carry two pallets at a time instead of one.

At TMH we sell Cascade’s single-double pallet handler which can hydraulically lift, carry and side-shift multiple pallets side by side. Moving double the loads means fewer trips and greater productivity, and side-shifting allows faster, more accurate loading of trucks and containers.

Toyota Heavy Duty | High Capacity | Indoor Forklifts

Toyota’s Heavy Duty forklift power is now available indoors. With up to 100,000 lb. capacity on IC models and 40,000 lb. for electric, these tough customers can lift and move just about anything: auto parts, huge paper rolls, steel and other raw materials.

Built with a heavy steel cross supports, impact resistant side thrusters and a heavy duty planetary drive axel, the THDC Line doesn’t flinch. Load-sensing hydraulics and engine management systems ensure your forklift can rise to meet any challenge.

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