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.

Invest in Lower Energy Bills, Not Roll Up Door Repairs

How much money have you spent repairing your overhead door in the last five years? 

If you owned a high-speed roll up door, your answer would likely be “zero.” They don’t break down, they don’t damage equipment and they don’t injure employees.

High-speed doors are self-repairing and backed by a 5-year, one million cycle warranty. Not only that, a high-speed door quickly pays for itself through reduced energy bills.

Right now, there are two incentives that make buying a new roll up door more affordable than ever. Contact us for details, or read on to learn more about the many benefits of swapping your old, unreliable door for a fast new one.

TMHNC Breaks Ground on New Salinas Facility

Regional material handling leader quadruples size to increase inventory, training opportunities, and bring new jobs to Salinas.

September 28, 2021 - Toyota Material Handling Northern California, a leading supplier of material handling equipment, training, and equipment service, broke ground today on a new facility in Salinas, California.

Dock Levelers - Straightforward Answers to Common Questions


A dock leveler is the most effective way to prevent equipment damage and tragic incidents at your loading dock. In this article, we’ll answer some of the most common questions about dock levelers, including:

  • Do I need a dock leveler, dock plate or dock board?
  • How much do dock levelers cost?
  • How long do dock levelers last?
  • How long does it take to get a dock leveler installed?
  • What are the most popular dock levelers in Northern California?
  • Can I convert a mechanical dock leveler into a hydraulic dock leveler?

Important note: the current lead time for a new dock leveler is 2-3 months. TMHNC is a preferred supplier and can often get them in 4-6 weeks, but don’t wait. If you need a dock leveler, contact us online or by phone: 

Bay Area - Livermore (510) 379-5210
Fresno (559) 834-9500
Sacramento (916) 376-0500
Salinas (831) 757-1091

Forklifts for Food Processing and Warehousing


Fast turnaround, frequent wash-downs, cold storage and corrosive fluids are just a few reasons food processing facilities and warehouses require superior material handling equipment. Sub-standard or unreliable machines can cause spoiled product, lost productivity and expensive repairs.

Downtime is something every material handling operation wants to avoid, but for food processing operations downtime is a dirty word. In today’s article, we’ll look at some of the best material handling equipment available for:
- commercial food processing
- cold storage warehouses
- food and beverage material handling

How Much Does a High-Speed Overhead Door Cost?


Ready to replace your overhead door? You basically have two options: get another old-school roll-up door, or invest in an energy-saving high-speed door. 

Industrial high-speed doors are the superior choice because they instantly: 

  • Boost productivity - the door can open/close in 1-2 seconds
  • Improve profitability - by slashing thousands of dollars from your energy bills
  • Minimize downtime - the door is self-healing and is always operational
But high-speed roll up doors cost a lot more than traditional doors. Or do they?

3 Reasons to Lease vs. Buy an Electric Forklift


When you lease an electric forklift:

  • You get the exact equipment you need 
  • Your monthly payment is lower than a loan payment
  • You don't have to buy a replacement battery

Bonus: businesses in California can get paid to charge electric equipment.
Sound good? Let’s talk.

If you're unsure whether leasing an electric forklift is right for your business, read on for some important considerations.

AGV vs. AMR: Which Robot Suits Your Warehouse Operations Best?

Have you ever wondered if those mobile robots would work in your warehouse? Technology innovations are pushing warehouse operations towards better efficiency and more effortless scalability. Warehouse automation strategies help improve process throughput, reduce operational costs, and offer a solution to the labor shortage.

Yet, every warehouse is unique in its layout, the number of employees, number of shifts, and material movement workflow. So how do you choose the best technology for your warehouse automation needs?

To help you pick the best mobile robots for warehouse automation, we had to analyze both options - Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) & Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR). Below you will find everything you need to know about these two solutions. It will help you make an intelligent decision when choosing between AMR and AGV robotics for your warehouse.

Top 7 Signs Your Pallet Racking May Fail

Sometimes when I’m writing a bid for used pallet racking, I see some pretty iffy rack setups. Occasionally, the manager will say, “our facilities guys put this up” (yes, unfortunately, I can tell). 

Other times, I’ll point to a paint scrape and ask, “how long ago did a forklift hit this rack?” and the manager looks surprised. Maybe it’s because I’ve been doing this for a while, but these danger signs just jump out at me.

People can die when racking collapses unexpectedly, so that’s why I want to share the top 7 warning signs your pallet rack is unsafe. We also offer free pallet racking safety inspections to help you uncover unreported damage and ensure your pallet racking meets local safety requirements.

Can Your Business Operate Without a Dock Leveler for 2-3 Months?

Dock levelers are essential at most warehouses and distribution centers. They create a bridge between trailers of different sizes and allow for fast, safe loading and unloading.

What would happen if you didn't have your dock leveler for three months? Due to supply shortages, the current lead time for a new dock leveler (also known as a pit leveler) is 14-16 weeks. Because TMHNC is a preferred vendor, we can often get a replacement in as little as 6-8 weeks. 

In any case, now is very bad time to have your dock leveler break. That's why we're offering free dock leveler safety inspections. It only takes an hour, and you can avoid months of hassle and lost productivity. NOTE: the request form is for a complete loading dock safety inspection, but we can focus on just your dock leveler if you prefer.

Not sure if your dock leveler needs to be inspected? Read on to review signs your dock leveler may need service and how long the average dock leveler should last if well-maintained.

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