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Advantages of Floor Cleaning Machines vs. Manual Cleaning

Brooms and mops may seem like a smart way to save money, but for many businesses, the labor costs associated with manual cleaning are far greater than buying an industrial floor cleaning machine. To put it bluntly, just because you're saving money on equipment doesn’t mean you’re saving money.

Commercial cleaning equipment can eliminate dirt, dust, grease and grime in a fraction of the time it takes someone to sweep or scrub the area manually. Today’s auto-scrubbers and industrial sweepers are whisper quiet, have long-lasting batteries and eliminate the safety hazards associated with mops and brooms.

Time is money, and if you have a large area to keep clean, mops and brooms are inefficient. They also:

Learn more about the advantages of using a commercial floor cleaning machine versus manual cleaning with a mop or broom:

How to Calculate Forklift Aisle Width Minimums


For many businesses in California, making the most of your space is the key to profitability. If you’ve ever wondered whether you could maximize space by minimizing aisle widths, there's a simple formula you can use to calculate how small your aisles  can get while still using your existing forklifts. 

Forklift Service Contracts - Planned Vs. Full Maintenance

Downtime is one of the biggest expenses a company can face. In addition to the repair bill, you lose money every moment your supply chain is offline.

Sure, Toyota forklifts are rugged, reliable, and last 20,000 hours or more, but they do need periodic maintenance. Regular service and inspections help you catch small issues before they become big, expensive problems. A maintenance plan helps you:

    • Avoid downtime
    • Choose when your forklift goes offline for service - no surprises
    • Stick to your budget
    • Extend the life of your forklift
    • Prevent unexpected repair bills
    • Boost the resale value of your lift truck 
    • Get the most out of your forklift investment

Both full and planned maintenance can be financed along with your forklift purchase. Which one is right for you? Read on to learn more...

How to Move More Product in Less Time


There are only so many hours in a day. So if you need to get more done in the same amount of time, forklift attachments are a great way to go. No matter what kind of product you move, the right forklift attachment can pay for itself in improved efficiency by:

  • Moving twice as much product
  • Improving driver productivity
  • Simplifying your workflow
  • Reducing product handling/damage
  • Eliminating costly, strenuous, and sometimes dangerous manual labor

New ANSI Standards for 2019 - Time is Running Out

The new ANSI standards released in December 2018 affect all owners, operators and supervisors of aerial lifts including: booms, scissor lifts and under-bridge inspection machines. The new standards are designed to enhance safety and shift North American equipment standards closer to international standards - allowing companies and equipment manufacturers to be more competitive in the global marketplace.

The new standards place greater responsibility on the equipment user/owner regardless of whether they are a large maintenance operation or a small business that rents a scissor lift, boom lift, etc. for seasonal work. Employers, owners and operators must be in compliance by December 10, 2019

Don’t get caught off guard. Learn more about the new ANSI A92.22 standards for Safe Use and ANSI A92.24 standards for Training.

How High Speed Doors Save California Businesses Time and Money

According to the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA), any application with 55 door cycles (open/close) per day will gain significant energy savings by replacing a standard rolling steel or sectional door with a high-speed unit.

In the Bay Area, and throughout Northern California, hundreds of facilities with high-traffic applications have switched to high speed doors. They preserve cleanliness, conserve energy by helping to maintain a consistent temperature, and offer other cost-saving benefits.

  • Cold storage facilities in Salinas and Central Valley use insulated high-speed doors to control temperature.
  • Food processing centers in Salinas, Fresno and Sacramento use high-speed doors to control the environment within their production areas.
  • The wine industry in Napa and Sonoma Counties utilize high-speed doors for climate and environmental controls
  • Large distribution facilities up and down the Central Valley use high-speed doors for climate control and to improve operator efficiency in their warehouses.

Why TMH Is the #1 Place to Buy a GEM Vehicle in Northern California

Toyota Material Handling Northern California (TMH) became the #1 Polaris dealer in the USA last year. We consider it a great honor that hundreds of businesses in the Bay Area, Sacramento and Central Valley have chosen TMH as their business partner.

We help customers save thousands of dollars by switching to electric Polaris GEM vehicles. They’re low maintenance and can run up to 8 hours on a single charge. Large fleets can save six-figures in fuel and maintenance costs, not to mention significantly reducing their CO2 emissions.

When you think about it, most operations don't need a truck designed to be driven  80 mph on the freeway.  On a typical campus, vehicles never exceed 25 mph and are only driven about 12 miles per day. So why pay more for a full-size vehicle? We’re happy to provide a personal consultation, but here’s a quick
combustion to electric fleet savings calculator.

Polaris GEM vehicles are also eligible for alternative-fuel vehicle funding programs such as The San Joaquin Valley Air Grant (up to $20,000 per vehicle, $100,000 per agency per year).

When to Use an Electric Vs. Propane Forklift


Choosing the best forklift for your business isn’t easy, even for experienced buyers. You have to decide between new vs. used, Toyota vs. the other guys, and of course fuel type.

One of the more common questions we get from forklift buyers is, “should I go with an electric or LP forklift?”
  • Both are clean and quiet compared to gas or diesel
  • Electric forklifts cost more upfront but have a lower cost of ownership overall
  • Changing a propane tank is easier than changing a battery, but electric battery tech has come along way. Many two-shift operations only need one battery

So which one is better? It all depends on your operation...

Forklift FAQs - Batteries, Tires, Pricing and More

Purchasing and operating a forklift can be complicated.  So in today’s post, we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about forklifts including:

We’ll also cover:

Warehouse Slip Trip and Fall Injury Prevention


In California,
slip-and-fall accidents are the number one workplace injury.
  • 22 percent of incidents resulted in 31+ days away from work
  • 85 percent of worker’s compensation claims were attributed to employees slipping on slick floors
  • In California, injury settlement payouts from slip and fall lawsuits range from $40,000 to more than $12 million

Cal/OSHA receives more than 20,000 slip and fall injury reports each year, a staggering amount when you consider clean, dry floors can prevent many slip and fall incidents. Slip trip and fall injuries are especially common in warehouse and distribution center environments where:

  • Pallet fragments and other debris create hazardous conditions
  • A distracted worker carrying a box or pick list can overlook an obstruction in their path
  • A visiting staff member wearing leather-soled dress shoes may slip on a dusty floor

The best way to keep your floors safe for employees and visitors is with cleaning equipment designed for warehouses and distribution centers - not mops and brooms.

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