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TMH Employee Spotlight Summer 2019

Get to know some members of the TMH family. Our latest employee spotlight features Mike Koufos,  a forklift field technician based in Livermore location and  Clarissa Cortez, service dispatcher in our Salinas location.

How to Use Your Forklift's Data Plate to Determine Load Capacity

Every forklift has a data plate, also known as a name plate or forklift capacity plate. As you probably guessed, it provides important information on how much weight the forklift can carry.

The capacity listed on your forklift’s data plate cannot exceed the maximum capacity of any of its load bearing components. What does this mean exactly?  Put simply, the  maximum rated lifting capacity isn’t necessarily the same as the maximum weight a forklift can carry. It may be less...

FSMA Requirements: Why Clean Floors are Essential for Food Processing Plants


The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Compliance and Certification are designed to prevent foodborne illnesses. Unfortunately,
bacterial contamination remains a leading cause of FDA recalls.

Food contamination from Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria monocytogenes has actually increased in recent years - from 28 percent of food recalls to over 31 percent. With all the rules and requirements, how is this still a problem?

Garage of Champions Part II

Toyota’s commitment to safety, reliability and low cost of ownership has earned thousands of loyal customers over the years and the honor of being voted the #1 forklift sixteen years in a row.

Other forklift manufacturers compare themselves to Toyota, mainly price. While the purchase price is an important factor, smart buyers consider total cost of ownership. A forklift with a low purchase price can be significantly more expensive to own, especially if it has to be replaced in just a few years.

In our article about “what’s considered high hours on a forklift”  (10,000 hours or more), we mentioned Toyota forklifts commonly run 20,000 hours or more. Here in our Garage of Champions article series, we’re showcasing Toyota forklifts with 25,000+ hours and vintage Taylor-Dunn vehicles that are still hard at work every day in northern and central California.

Product Review: New AICHI Vertical Mast Lift

 Product Name:  AICHI Vertical Mast Lift
Product Numbers: WM1230J & WM1630J
Manufacturer: Toyota Industries Company
Lift Capacity: 500 capacity (249 lb. at extension)
Notable feature(s): 24 volt AC drive motors, zero-degree inside turn radius
Price Range: $14,250-$24,500
Value for the money: Excellent

Best for: This mast lift is best for someone who wants a low cost of ownership and doesn’t care about brand names. This equipment can be used for all areas of construction, facility maintenance, warehousing, retail and manufacturing.

Not recommended for: dirt or areas of rough terrain or 30% grade or higher. 

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Aichi Vertical Mast Lift

Toyota Forklifts - Made in the USA


Did you know: the world’s number one forklift is made in the USA? Toyota forklifts have been
ranked #1 in the world for 15+ years in a row, and they’re made in America’s heartland.

At Toyota’s forklift manufacturing plant in Columbus, Indiana, hundreds of associates assemble 30,000+ forklifts every year. More than 500,000 forklifts have been produced in Columbus since 1990, and they’re hard at work in 13+ countries around the world.

Read on to meet some of the people who work at the Toyota forklift factory and learn more about Toyota’s commitment to its workers and the environment. If you are based in Northern or Central California and would like to visit the plant, let us know. We can help arrange a tour.

6 Simple Ways to Make Your Forklifts Safer


Forklifts cause 10 percent of workplace injuries in factories and warehouses, but many accidents (and lawsuits) can be prevented with the right forklift safety accessories. Combining safety equipment with pedestrian and operator safety training, clearly demonstrates your business takes a proactive approach to safety.

How Blue Spotlights and Red Zone Forklift Lights Improve Forklift Safety


More than 95,000 forklift accidents happen each year. Statistically, this means about 1 in 10 forklifts will be involved in some type of incident. Experts estimate 70 percent of forklift accidents can be prevented, and forklift safety lights are a simple way to make your workplace safer for both forklift operators and pedestrians.

Blue spotlights mounted on the front and/or rear of the lift truck alert pedestrians when a forklift is nearby, and how fast it’s approaching. The lights project a bright blue light about 8 feet in front of or behind the forklift, depending on where the light is mounted.

Red zone forklift lights illuminate areas on each side of the forklift pedestrians should avoid. By reminding workers to keep their distance, you can lower the odds of someone getting hit by the rear-end swing when the forklift turns.

Forklift Safety Matters: 7 Questions to Ask Your Service Provider


One of the riskiest mistakes a company can make is choosing a forklift service provider without asking about their safety record. Incidents and subsequent investigations can lead to costly fines, downtime, damage to your reputation and increased insurance costs.

The worst time to find out your forklift service provider has a poor safety record is after an incident. Take a proactive approach to safety by asking a few simple questions about their safety record and service technician training.

If you’re hesitant to ask, don’t be. Responsible operations that follow OSHA’s record-keeping requirements will know their safety stats and be happy to share them with you.

Used Forklifts from Toyota Material Handling Northern California


There are many advantages to buying a used Toyota forklift, not the least of which is getting a great piece of equipment for a lower price. Unlike
most forklifts, which only last about 10,000 hours before they become unreliable, Toyota forklifts frequently run for 20,000 hours or more without problems (when properly maintained, of course).

Here are a few more reasons to choose Toyota when you buy a used forklift.
  • Toyota masts are extremely sturdy and built to last
  • The hydraulic system has a reliable control valve that rarely has problems
  • Toyota forklift parts are easy to find
When you buy a used Toyota forklift from TMH in Northern and Central California, you get a pre-owned forklift that’s been inspected and refurbished to be as close to new as possible. For electric lifts, we also include a charger.

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