The Best Forklifts for Lumber Yards

Lumber yards are one of the most demanding applications for material handling equipment - especially forklifts. Long, heavy loads and tough outdoor conditions are just a few of the many challenges associated with moving wood products.

Countless lumber yards in northern California choose Toyota forklifts because they’re durable, reliable and efficient. Ashby Lumber (Berkley, Concord, CA) switched to an all-Toyota fleet several years ago after noticing their Toyota forklifts outlasted other brands,  and they’ve never looked back.

This article will cover the most popular forklift models for lumber yards. We’ll also look at time-saving attachments and accessories.

Why Toyota's 8FGU25 is the Swiss Army Knife of Forklifts

Product Name:  8fgu25
Manufacturer:  Toyota
Interesting features:  Uses the
4Y engine manufactured by Toyota specifically for this forklift.  It provides high torque at low RPM for excellent fuel efficiency. Active Mast Control and the System of Active Stability come are standard features that enhance safety and improve control of the forklift and its load.
Price Range:  Starting in the low $30,000’s
Value for the money: Excellent
Options: There are many factory options available in addition to aftermarket options.  Some of the most popular options are 3rd and 4th function valves to provide added versatility such as and side-shifting fork positioners,  and one of the reasons the 8fgu25 is called the “Swiss Army Knife” of forklifts.

Traction-treaded solid pneumatic tires are a popular option because they are puncture-resistant yet offer a smooth ride over rougher terrain. For applications where the forklift used is used on non-paved applications (driveways, loading ramps) in addition to smooth surfaces - this is truly the best of both worlds.

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All Terrain and 4WD Forklifts for Farming and Agriculture


Rough terrain forklifts can help farmers and nursery operations improve productivity and gain a competitive edge. A 4 Wheel Drive or all-terrain forklift reduces labor costs while speeding up production. A palletized inventory can also increase storage space and keep things organized.

Review: Konecranes High-Capacity Forklifts


Product Name: 
Large Capacity Forklift
Manufacturer: Konecranes
Lift Capacity: 22,000 lbs or more
Interesting features: Truconnect & Load Sensing Hydraulics
Price Range:
 $150,000+, but the price varies depending on the capacity and style of forklift (reach stacker, empty container handler, etc.).
Value for the money:
Excellent - low overall cost of ownership
Optional Equipment:  
Konecranes lift trucks come with many great standard features. Available  factory add-ons include:
- FWD/REV Cameras,
- Electric Tilt Cab
- Central Automatic Greasing System, etc.

Konecranes in-house engineers can customize any lift truck to meet a customer’s specific needs  - above and beyond the standard and factory add-on options.

Best for:  Any operation which requires a 22,000lb or higher capacity forklift.  

Recommended Applications: Heavy-duty Konecranes are built for industrial material handling including

  • Steel, aluminum, and mining
  • Wood and building materials
  • Container ports and terminals
  • Transport, shipping, and logistics
  • Shipyards and marinas
  • Pulp and paper
  • Concrete, bricks, and rock
  • Automotive
  • General manufacturing
  • Produce
  • Oil and gas
  • Wind power
  • Nuclear
  • Waste-to-energy

Not recommended for: Small lift truck applications

Review: Toyota Core IC Cushion Forklift

Product Name: Toyota Core IC Cushion Forklift Model 8FGCU15-32
Manufacturer: Toyota
Lift Capacity: 3,000-6,500 lb
Notable feature(s):
Small Chassis Warehouse Forklift
Navigation in 11’-12' aisles
Up to 6,500 lb. lift capacity
Over 23' lift height
Automatic Fork-Leveling Standard(Toyota Exclusive!)
System of Active Stability (Toyota Exclusive!)

Price Range: $23,000 to $27,000
Value for the money:
Excellent
Options: 
Gasoline, LPG, Diesel or CNG*
Toyota also builds an electric version of this lift truck. 

The Core IC Cushion can handle a variety of forklift attachments including: sideshifter, side-shifting fork positioner, clamps, rotators, single-doubles and more!

Safety options include: strobe lights, travel beepers, speed limiters, rear view mirrors, dual air filters, non-marking tires, cabs, hydraulic hose protectors, impact monitor system with operator log-in and safety checklists to name a few.  

Best for:  warehouse applications of all sizes.  The Core IC Cushion has truck-to-pallet rack capability.  It's extremely maneuverable and easy to operate with a small footprint.  This is a great lift truck for multi-shift operations. 

Not recommended for:  indoor applications with poor ventilation, cold storage freezer applications, food processing , or narrow aisle applications.

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Review: Toyota Core IC Pneumatic Forklift

Product Name: Core IC Pneumatic Forklift
Manufacturer: Toyota
Lift Capacity: 3,000 - 6,500lbs
Notable feature(s): 20% improved fuel-efficiency (versus the previous model)
Price Range:
$19,000 - $40,000  
Value for the money:
excellent
Options:
Gasoline, LPG, Diesel or CNG* 
*Limited availability

Best for: asphalt and concrete surfaces. The Toyota IC is made for outdoor applications (lumber yards, construction sites, brick block and pipe, and also general warehouse). 
Not recommended for: indoor applications. Although the Toyota IC Pneumatic can operate indoors with relative ease, we recommend units in this model family be used primarily for outdoor applications. For an electric version of this outdoor pneumatic forklift, please see Toyota's 80-volt electric pneumatic family of products. For primarily indoor applications, we recommend the Core IC Cushion, or Core Electric family of product from Toyota.

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