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When to Buy a 3-Wheel Forklift Vs. Stand-Up Rider Forklift

by Bill Parks on January 3, 2019
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This month's product review post compares Toyota's Stand-up Counterbalance Rider (8BNCU18) to Toyota's Three-wheel Electric Forklift (8FBE18U).

The price range for these two products is similar,
 $30,000- $40,000. Both are an excellent value for the money, and both come in a wide range of lifting heights. So how do you choose the best lift truck for your operation?

Toyota 3-Wheel Electric Forklift 

Pros:  For the budget conscious, Toyota's 3-Wheel Electric Forklift costs about 16 percent less than the stand-up rider forklift. The 3-Wheel machine also costs a bit less to maintain. Also, if you need more of an outdoor forklift, the 3-wheel has a pneumatic tire option, whereas the stand-up counterbalance only comes with cushion tires.

Cons: If aisle space is at a premium, Toyota's Stand-up Rider Forklift is a better choice vs. the 3-Wheel.  The stand-up machine also enables the operator to work more efficiently if they are on and off the forklift a lot, building orders for example.

3-Wheel Electric Options: Toyota's 3-Wheel Electric Forklift is available with solid pneumatic, or cushion tires and in a wide range of lifting heights.  The machine comes with an extra hydraulic function for attachments such as a side-shifter, or side-shifting fork positioner.

3-Wheel Electric Forklift product review
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Toyota Stand-Up Rider Lift Truck

Toyota's stand up counterbalanced rider is an excellent choice if you:

  • Need a forklift that will work in a slightly less than 10’ aisle space (around 6” less)
  • If your operators are on and off the forklift a lot
  • If your application requires loading trailers on a loading dock

Cons:  This machine is only available with cushion tires. Choose the 3-wheel electric if you need a smaller lift truck that can operate outdoors or on a rough surface. Also, some operators do not like to drive this type of lift as you cannot sit down.  

Some operators have a higher learning curve with this forklift as the joystick control can be hard getting used to if the driver is used to a sit-down type. That said, Wallaby Yogurt has used the stand-up rider forklift in place of their 4-wheel sit-down forklift and they love it for the maneuverability, increased speed in loading their trucks and the operators commented on how fun it is to drive!

Stand-up Rider Options: this lift truck is available in a range of lifting heights, and has an extra hydraulic function for optional attachments such as a side-shifter, or side-shifting fork positioner.

Toyota Stand-up Rider product review
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In Summary:  both forklifts are a good choice for narrow-aisle warehouses or other operations with tight spaces. 

- The stand-up counterbalanced rider is better if your operators are on and off the forklift a lot. It can also operate in narrower aisles.
- The 3-wheel electric is better if cost, outdoor use, or requiring the operator to be on their feet are important considerations.

We invite you to test drive either of these products our state of the art demo center in Livermore, CA. Contact us online or by phone to schedule your test drive, or with any questions you may have:

East Bay - Livermore (510) 400-8367
Fresno (888) 964-1178 
Sacramento (916) 476-8450 
Salinas (831) 269-5274

Further Reading:

The Electric Forklift Buyer's Guide

Topics: Electric Forklifts, New Equipment, Reviews

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