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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.

Garage of Champions - Part I

When comparing forklifts or other material handling equipment, there are several factors to consider, and one of them is price. We've written previously about why a low lifetime cost of ownership is more important than a low purchase price, but some buyers are still unsure about paying more upfront. 

We get it. Toyota forklifts cost more, and that can be hard to justify. So today, we're going to share some real-life examples of Toyota Forklifts and Taylor-Dunn utility vehicles that are 20+ years old and still hard at work in Northern and Central California.

This new article series, Garage of Champions,  will showcase well-maintained Toyota forklifts and Taylor-Dunn utility vehicles from some loyal TMHNC customers.  If you have a "classic" Toyota forklift or Taylor-Dunn cart you'd like us to feature, let us know.

TMHNC Employee Spotlight Fall 2019

Our employee spotlight has proven to be very popular with our readers.  We're so glad you like getting to know our team members, we're pretty fond of them too!  In this employee spotlight, we'd like you to meet Parts Specialist Amber Scott from our West Sacramento location and forklift technician Colin Casados (also a stand-up comic) based out of Livermore.  

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.

TMH Employee Spotlight Spring 2019

Our latest employee spotlight features Sue O'Neil, rental coordinator in Fresno, and Walter Annuzzi a forklift field technician based out of our Livermore location.  These two hardworking individuals do a great job supporting our customers and other TMH team members. Without further ado, meet Walter and Sue...

12 Benefits of Long-Term Forklift Rentals

Debating whether to rent versus buy a forklift or other material handling equipment? You're not alone. Long-term rentals are increasingly popular with companies both large and small.

Learn more about the benefits of a long-term equipment rental and whether it's a good choice for your company.

TMH Employee Spotlight Fall 2018

In our latest employee spotlight, we'd like you to meet Ryan Chapman, one of our newest forklift technicians, and John Sullivan, Fleet Manager in Livermore.  Check out Ryan's great pic from his world travels, and learn how windmills helped John earn ice cream money as kid.

How Much Is My Used Forklift Worth?

Whether you're looking to trade-in a used forklift or sell a forklift due to changing operational needs, you may be wondering, how much is my used forklift worth? There are several factors buyers use to calculate the value of a used forklift including hours, age and mast specs.  Equipment appearance and maintenance history can also influence the price. Read on to learn more.

NOTE: If you’re looking to buy rather than sell a used forklift, check out our Buying a Used Forklift page for pro buying tips. Learn about used forklift warranties, how to avoid buying bad equipment and other advice from our experts.

TMH Employee Spotlight - Summer Edition

At Toyota Material Handling of Northern California, we only hire the best. Every TMH staff member is committed to doing whatever it takes to help customers, and today we'd like to introduce you to a few of the hardworking members of our team.

Forklift Technicians Employee Spotlight

At Toyota Material Handling Northern California, we believe people are the reason for our success: both our customers and our outstanding team members. Today we'd like to introduce a few members of the TMHNC family, forklift technicians from our Fresno,  Livermore and West Sacramento locations.

Thin Plate Pure Lead Forklift Batteries vs. Lithium Ion

If you’re looking for a replacement forklift battery that is low-maintenance and fast-charging, but don’t want to spend the money for lithium-ion, consider a thin plate pure lead battery. Unlike a lead-acid battery that requires frequent watering, a thin plate battery does not need to be watered or equalized, and (in most cases) they cost 50% less than lithium-ion.

A thin plate lead battery can charge to 100% capacity in less than one and a half hours for Class III applications, and in five hours for Class I. Thin plate lead batteries are the superior choice for opportunity or fast charging and offer greater capacity for longer run time between charges. 

Read on to learn more about thin plate lead batteries and chargers from NexSys®.

How to Choose the Best Ergonomic Warehouse Equipment

The latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show employees in the warehousing industry experience almost twice the number of injuries as workers in the general population. Overexertion causes the majority of injuries and costs the industry billions of dollars in claims and lost productivity each year.

In today’s post, we’ll review ergonomic equipment that can:
- Reduce workplace injuries
- Improve productivity
- Pay for itself in the long run!

Different Types of Forklifts Throughout History

It’s hard to imagine a world without forklifts, but this essential piece of equipment has been around barely 100 years. Today’s article gives a short history of forklifts and describes the different types of forklifts available today. We’ll also discuss what forklifts might be like in the not too distant future.

3 Things to Know Before Buying a Used Forklift Attachment

A used forklift attachment can be a smart way for your operation to stay competitive without busting your budget. For example, a single-double forklift attachment allows one forklift to handle two pallets which means fewer trips, increased productivity and efficiency.

By purchasing a used forklift attachment from a trusted dealer like TMH, you can ensure the equipment will:
- Work with your equipment
- Be a good fit for your operation
- Include a guarantee
(TMH includes a 30-day warranty on used attachments)

Any forklift attachment takes the brunt of the abuse and use during its initial life. Purchasing a used attachment from an experienced Dealer will ensure your purchase has been properly inspected for stress fractures and other “hidden” issues that, missed or ignored, could result in premature failure or expensive issues after the purchase.

Read to learn more about the things you should know before purchasing a used forklift attachment.

How to Change the Propane Tank on an LP Forklift

Liquid propane (LP) Is a common forklift fuel type that requires extra caution when handling. The liquid propane inside the forklift’s fuel tank is highly pressurized at -40 °F. Only a small amount can severely damage eyes and skin. Liquid propane is also flammable and explosive.

Exposure to high concentrations of propane, even for a brief moment, can cause dizziness or even suffocation. In today’s post, we’ll cover how to safely change the propane tank on an LP forklift, including PPE (personal protective equipment) requirements.

TMHNC Employee Spotlight

At TMH, our employees are like family. In today's post, we'd like to introduce you to two more members of our family: Livermore Service Manager Tony Gonzalez and Fresno Forklift Field Technician Dan Hunt. 

5 Signs Your Forklift Has Excessive Wear and Tear

Forklifts are designed to handle a few bumps and bruises, but every piece of equipment has its limits. Sometimes operators cause excessive damage to the lift truck due to lack of training, carelessness, or reckless driving.

In today’s post, we’ll review signs your forklift has excessive wear and tear, and when OSHA requires a forklift be removed from service.

Forklift Field Technicians - TMH Employee Spotlight

It's time for another TMH employee spotlight! Forklift field technicians from our branches in Livermore and Fresno share what they love about their jobs and what they enjoy doing in their free time.  

Employee Spotlight - Forklift Technicians

At any company, it's the people who make a difference. Toyota Material Handling Northern California (TMHNC) is proud to be a family company -  in terms of ownership, the camaradrie among team members, and because we offer competitive salaries and great benefits so our staff and their families can live happy, healthy lives.  In this post, we'd like you to meet a few of our forklift field technicians.

Buying a Used Forklift - Do Hours Matter?

Used equipment is a great way for you to get a quality machine at a lower price. But when choosing a used forklift, too many buyers just look at the price and how many hours the equipment has. Ask these questions listed below if you want to save a lot of heartburn and wasted money. Questions such as:

- How this equipment been well-maintained?
- Does the equipment come with a warranty?
- Is the manufacturer known for long-lasting equipment?

Read on to for our top tips to find a quality pre-owned forklift at an affordable price.

5 Most Popular Forklift Blog Posts

Each week we publish two articles about the business of material handling. Past topics include: forklift training and certification, maintenance and safety tips, and general forklift FAQs. Overtime, our forklift blog has become a library! 

With this post, we wanted to share our top five, most-read blog articles. The most popular posts include a variety of topics including: questions to ask before buying a new or used forklift, safety tips and forklift financing. 

Overview of an Aftermarket Forklift Part


Aftermarket forklift parts. What is an Aftermarket part?  What are the benefits? Why should I buy Aftermarket? The term “Aftermarket” is commonly used to describe a part that is not made by, or supplied by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).  Below we look at some replacement parts we commonly supply from our line of Starlift aftermarket parts.

When to Rent Versus Buy a Forklift

Choosing whether to buy or rent equipment is a tough decision. Below are some of the most common reasons a business may choose to rent vs buy a forklift, aerial lift, utility vehicle, etc.

When to Buy Instead of Rent a Forklift


Choosing whether to buy or rent equipment is a tough decision. Below are some of the most common reasons a business may choose to rent vs buy a forklift, aerial lift, utility vehicle, etc.

Industrial Vehicles vs. Golf Carts.  Which is best?

Golf Carts and Industrial vehicles serve many purposes, and are similar in some respects but very different in other ways.  There are several topics and sub-topics to consider before deciding which type of vehicle to purchase.  With proper research, the final decision will provide years of cost-effective use.  Let’s assume this is a industrial or commercial application rather than a vehicle for golf usage.

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