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Review: Aichi Scissor Lifts

Product Name: Aichi Scissor Lift 
Manufacturer: Toyota Industries Company
Interesting Features:  500-1000 lb capacity, 24-volt AC Drive Motors, Zero Degree Inside Turn Radius, High-efficiency Batter Charger
Price Range: $14,250-$24,500
Value for the money: 
Recommended for:  Construction, general warehousing, retail, facility maintenance, and general manufacturing applications.

TMH Employee Spotlight Fall 2018

In our latest employee spotlight, we'd like you to meet Ryan Chapman, one of our newest forklift technicians, and John Sullivan, Fleet Manager in Livermore.  Check out Ryan's great pic from his world travels, and learn how windmills helped John earn ice cream money as kid.

Is a Lithium Ion Forklift Battery Worth the Extra Expense?

In the material handling industry, productivity and efficiency are two important keys to success. There are only so many hours in the day, so whenever a company can find a way to do more in less time, they gain a competitive advantage. For some operations, especially food processing, 3PL and other multi-shift applications, lithium-ion forklift batteries provide that extra edge by reducing labor costs and improving productivity.

In this article we’ll answer common questions about lithium-ion (L-I) forklift batteries including:
- How long does it take to charge a lithium-ion forklift battery and
- When are lithium-ion forklift batteries worth the extra cost?

Scissor Lift, Cherry Picker or Boom Lift - Which One Do I Need?

Scissor lifts, cherry pickers and other aerial lifts can be a cost-effective alternative to scaffolding. The type of aerial lift you need depends on the job location, number of workers, height and other factors.

There isn’t one lift you can use for any task. Choosing the wrong lift can cause delays, increases costs and the potential for an accident. This article explains the most common types of aerial lifts, the pros and cons of each and how to choose the right aerial lift equipment for your job.

When You Call for Forklift Repair, We Send the Best

When a forklift breaks down, you want it repaired quickly and done right the first time. The best way to ensure your lift truck repair is done correctly in the shortest amount of time is to call in an experienced, factory-trained forklift mechanic, also known as a master forklift technician.

Toyota Material Handling of Northern California (TMH) has more than 110 factory-trained technicians to handle forklift repair calls on any make or model of forklift from our locations in the Bay Area, Fresno, Sacramento and Salinas. Of those 110 technicians, approximately two-thirds hold a master-level certification.

In today’s post we’ll explain:
- The difference between a forklift technician and a mechanic
- The value of having a master technician work on your lift truck
- The extensive experience, testing and training it takes to become a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Toyota Master Forklift Technician

How Much Is My Used Forklift Worth?

Whether you're looking to trade-in a used forklift or sell a forklift due to changing operational needs, you may be wondering, how much is my used forklift worth? There are several factors buyers use to calculate the value of a used forklift including hours, age and mast specs.  Equipment appearance and maintenance history can also influence the price. Read on to learn more.

NOTE: If you’re looking to buy rather than sell a used forklift, check out our Buying a Used Forklift page for pro buying tips. Learn about used forklift warranties, how to avoid buying bad equipment and other advice from our experts.

Why Toyota Makes the Best Forklift Engine

Dependable, hardworking, and reliable are just a few words Toyota forklift owners use to describe their trucks, and that’s not just lip-service. Toyota forklift engines are known to last 30,000+ hours without a major engine overhaul -
three times longer than an average forklift engine. Some Toyota 4Y engines are still working hard with 80,000+ hours.

As every experienced forklift buyer knows, it’s what’s inside that counts. Toyota’s internal combustion (IC) engines are designed and continuously refined, for durability and low cost of ownership. Also, most forklift manufactures don't make their own engines, so you don't really know what you're gettingRead on to learn more about what’s under the hood in a Toyota forklift and why Toyota makes the industry's best forklift engines.

How Much Does a Forklift Cost?

A typical forklift, like the one you see in most warehouses, should cost anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 depending on capacity, tires and fuel type. As a general rule, the acquisition price of an electric forklift is roughly 50% higher than a comparable Internal Combustion (IC) lift truck. While this difference might seem extreme, the majority of customers today are seeing the ROI of an electric over its useful life is significantly greater than this price gap.

The acquisition price of a forklift is directly related  to its capacity. The higher the capacity, the higher the acquisition cost. In this article, we’ll review what goes into a forklift’s sticker price and other important factors such as cost of ownership.


TMH Supports The Crayon Initiative

Used crayons find a new life at the Danville-based nonprofit
The Crayon Initiative. Since 2011, the all-volunteer organization has donated more than 125,000 upcycled packs of crayons to children’s hospitals across the United States.

The Crayon Initiative works with hospitals in 33 states including some of the largest in Northern and Central California:

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
Kaiser’s Oakland Medical Center
Valley Children's Hospital
and more than 130 other hospitals across the US

Every month, hundreds of volunteers sort used crayons by color so they can be melted down and remanufactured. The new crayons are packaged and palletized before being shipped to hospitals throughout the U.S. One of the sorting volunteers overheard founder Bryan Ware mention how much he could use a forklift and connected him with Toyota Material Handling of Northern California (TMH).

TMH Donates Forklifts to Support Red Cross Wildfire Relief Efforts

July 23rd, 2018: on a road near Redding, California, a trailer got a flat tire. As the rim scraped the asphalt,  sparks ignited a fire that would become the sixth-most destructive in California history.

The Carr Fire has destroyed nearly 175,000 acres and threatened hundreds of thousands more. At one point, more than 27,000 people were under evacuation. Thousands of residents, with nowhere else to go, relied on assistance from The American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, shelters, food and emotional support to disaster victims, and their important work requires an effective supply chain. When an airplane full of supplies landed at Redding Airport, two forklifts donated by TMH were there to move food, water and other critical items.

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