Lithium-Ion Powered Pallet Jacks Are Here

Electric pallet jacks (EPJ) are versatile warehouse workhorses that can, in many cases, replace full-sized forklifts, allowing you to: 

  • Optimize your space
  • Decrease the risk of forklift-related incidents
  • Increase your team’s efficiency

But not all pallet jacks are created equal. So, choosing the right one can depend upon a number of factors. We’ve chosen six features that we think paint a very clear picture of a pallet jack’s quality. Once we establish these factors, we’re going to narrow our focus and have a look at a pretty exciting and recent addition to our lineup - the Hangcha lithium-ion series light-duty walkie jack.

Want Truly Clean Floors? Use Professional Cleaning Equipment


The recent health crisis has caused schools, offices and retail spaces to rethink what it means to have a healthy and safe environment. Because our shoes are one of the dirtiest things we encounter every day, floors are a key battleground for preventing disease transmission.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends regular cleaning followed by disinfection, but do you know the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting?  Read on to learn:

  • What these terms mean
  • CDC-recommended cleaning and disinfection methods for floors
  • How to choose the right floor cleaning equipment
  • Why hot water is essential for killing germs and getting truly clean floors.

When To Use a Reach Truck vs. a Forklift

When businesses need to maximize space and speed, Toyota reach trucks deliver. Reach trucks are commonplace in medium to large warehouse and distribution centers across the Bay Area, greater Sacramento and Fresno. They’re also widely used in food and beverage distribution. 

If your business has narrow aisles (or plans to convert to narrow aisles), a reach truck can do the same job as a forklift, but in a narrower space. With a reach truck, operators can now easily position pallets into racks 37 feet high thanks to Toyota’s most recent product release. 

As an added bonus: businesses in California can get paid to charge electric equipment. Use the quarterly payment to help pay for new electric equipment or invest in other opportunities. 

Why High-Speed Doors Are a Superior Choice for Your Cleanroom Facility

Cleanrooms are utilized across a host of industries not limited to:

  • cGMP life sciences
  • Food production
  • Aerospace
  • Electronics
  • Semi-conductor
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical devices

Every square inch of a designated clean facility is constantly monitored to keep contaminants low and compliance in check.

But the fact is that many of these facilities are using dated technology when it comes to one of their most crucial areas - cleanroom doors.

Warehouse Automation: 5 Reasons to Use an ASRS

Are you aware that your competitors are investing in warehouse automation? According to the worldwide sales of warehouse automation technologies, warehouse automation is projected to reach $22.5 billion by the end of 2021. Today, companies are automating their warehouses to cut costs and improve operational efficiency. In a modern warehouse, you'll see robots driving through racks, retrieving loads, and putting them on conveyor belts. 

There are many solutions like AGVs, AMRs, storage systems, picking solutions, and more. Automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRSs) are one of those solutions for modern warehouses. They are computer-controlled systems that automatically place and retrieve loads from defined locations.

Below you will find 5 benefits of using automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) in your warehouse’s operations.

Forklift Review: Toyota Electric Stand-Up  Rider

*Originally published in 2017. Toyota Material Handling plans on launching a new SR1 stand-up rider in 2022 that has a load capacity up to 5,000 lb. Learn more about electric forklift options here

Product Name:  Toyota Electric Stand Up Rider 
Model Numbers: 8BNCU15-16.5, 8BNCU15-18.5, 8BNCU18-16.5, 8BNCU18-18.5, 8BNCU20-18.5, 8BNCU20-21.5
Lift Capacity:  3,000 – 4,000 lbs.

Notable feature(s): Dock-to-stock flexibility, 10 ft. narrow-aisle navigability, 36-Volt electrical system, AC drive and lift motors, side stance operation for intuitive forward and reverse travel, lift heights up to 23 feet, can support multiple shifts.

Options: integral sideshift, cold storage conditioning, reverse steering (operator facing away from forks), full free-lift 2, 3 or 4-stage mast, auto fork leveling (aka 2-way mast tilt centering), digital load weight display.

Price Range: $34k - $45k 
Value for the money: Excellent 

Get Paid to Go Electric
California’s Air Resource Board (CARB) provides cash incentives to businesses that choose electric material handling equipment. Read about CARB’s LCFS program

Read on for pros and cons of Toyota's Stand-Up Rider Forklift...

Review: Advance SC6000 Industrial Floor Scrubber (Sweeper Scrubber AdWords 2017 - clone)

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:
Excellent
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. 

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:
Excellent
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. 

When to Buy a 3-Wheel Forklift vs. Stand-Up Forklift

A question we hear fairly often is, “should I buy a 3-wheel or a stand-up forklift?” The price range for these two products is similar, $30,000- $40,000. Both forklifts are:

  • An excellent value for the money
  • Have a low-maintenance AC motors 
  • and have a max lift height of 23 feet. 

So how do you choose the best lift truck for your operation?

In this article, we’ll compare Toyota's Stand-up Rider Forklift (8BNCU15 8BNCU18 and 8BNCU20) to Toyota's 3-Wheel Electric Forklift (8FBE15U-20U, 8FBES15U and 8FBEH18U) so you can make an informed buying decision.

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