Lithium-Ion Powered Pallet Jacks Are Here

Electric pallet jacks (EPJ) are versatile warehouse workhorses that can, in many cases, replace full-sized forklifts, allowing you to: 

  • Optimize your space
  • Decrease the risk of forklift-related incidents
  • Increase your team’s efficiency

But not all pallet jacks are created equal. So, choosing the right one can depend upon a number of factors. We’ve chosen six features that we think paint a very clear picture of a pallet jack’s quality. Once we establish these factors, we’re going to narrow our focus and have a look at a pretty exciting and recent addition to our lineup - the Hangcha lithium-ion series light-duty walkie jack.

Forklifts for Food Processing and Warehousing

Fast turnaround, frequent wash-downs, cold storage and corrosive fluids are just a few reasons food processing facilities and warehouses require superior material handling equipment. Sub-standard or unreliable machines can cause spoiled product, lost productivity and expensive repairs.

Downtime is something every material handling operation wants to avoid, but for food processing operations downtime is a dirty word. In today’s article, we’ll look at some of the best material handling equipment available for:
- commercial food processing
- cold storage warehouses
- food and beverage material handling

Pallet Jacks and Trucks Electric Vs. Manual

Pallet jacks are a must-have for most warehouses. They save time, are easily to maneuver and go where large forklifts can’t. In today’s post, we’ll review the pros and cons of manual and electric pallet jacks - also known as pallet trucks and hand forklifts.

Toyota Electric Pallet Jack Special

The right tools can make an enormous difference, and a pallet jack is one of these key pieces of equipment. A pallet jack can easily maneuver loads, and go where large forklifts can’t.

Electric pallet jacks take productivity to the next level with the benefit of an electric motor. In addition to helping the operator move loads, the motor assists with raising and lowering the forks. For this reason, electric pallet jack forks can be raised higher than manual pallet jack forks Electric pallet jacks can be used for several hours before they need to recharge and are a popular piece of equipment for warehouses, distribution centers, food and beverage facilities and operations with narrow aisles.

Learn more our year-end special pricing  on a Toyota Electric Pallet Jack and how to get a $500 rebate by trading in your old pallet jack.

How to Choose the Right Pallet Jack Wheels for Your Work Environment

After deciding between a
manual or electric pallet jack, the second most important decision you’ll make is what type of wheels you’ll use. Choose the wrong wheel, and you'll end up spending way too much replacing the wheels again and again.  Learn how to choose the best wheels for your pallet jack and your workplace conditions.

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. 

Toyota Material Handling Northern California Donates to Fire Relief  Fund

Toyota Material Handling of Northern California (TMHNC) has donated $5,000 to the Redwood Credit Union North Bay Relief Fund to  assist those affected by the recent fires in Northern California.

TMHNC President/CEO Mark Andres said, “We have quite a few team members living in areas affected by the fire. Thankfully, they still have their homes, however so many don’t. We want to give back to our community and help in any way that we can.

Review: Toyota Electric Walkie Stacker Pallet Jack

Product Name: Electric Walkie Stacker
Manufacturer: Toyota
Lift Capacity: 2,000 - 2,500lbs
Notable features: The walkie stacker is very budget friendly and has adjustable base legs to accommodate different pallet sizes and/or aisle configurations. The walkie stacker also has built in performance programming which requires no additional tools. This allows us to set speed and performance settings to better suit each customer's application.
Price Range:
$11,000 - $13,500 
Value for the money: G
Optional Equipment:

  • AC drive
  • IP65 Electrical rating
  • Maintenance free battery pack
  • On-board charger
  • Electronic brake release
  • Adjustable base legs

Best for: Light duty applications, small warehouses, mezzanines.
Not recommended for: Outdoor use, loads exceeding 2,500lbs, applications with lift heights exceeding 12 feet,  or warehouses with multiple pallet dimensions.

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Narrow Aisle Warehouse Equipment

Narrow Aisles and Very Narrow Aisles enable a warehouse or distribution center to maximize space, but can also make material handling a challenge. Most forklifts are too large to turn and stack a load in a narrow aisle - but what’s the alternative? An expensive and financially risky building expansion?

As an increasing number of warehouses and distribution centers opt for narrow aisles, Toyota developed new solutions - even for very narrow aisles only 5-7 feet wide.

Narrow Aisle Definition:

Typical aisles: 10.5 feet wide or more (126 inches +)
Narrow aisles: 8.5’ - 10.5 feet wide (102-126 inches)
Very narrow aisles: 5-7 feet wide (60-84 inches)

In this article, we’ll review a variety of reach trucks, order pickers and forklifts and which equipment is best for narrow aisles versus very narrow aisles. If you're not ready to invest in new equipment, learn how to calculate the minimum aisle widths needed to still use your current forklift fleet (or call us, we're happy to come by and help with an assessment).

Review: Toyota Electric Pallet Jack

Product Name: 8HBW23 Electric Walkie Pallet Jack
Manufacturer: Toyota
Lift Capacity: 3,000 - 4,500lbs
Notable feature(s): Click to Creep Function, Electronic Brake Release, Steel Battery Case, IP65 Electrical System, and Stainless Steel Linkage Pins
Price Range:
$2,999 - $4,500 
Value for the money:
Optional Equipment:

  • 48" 60" or 72"high load backrest
  • Battery compartment 26.5" x 9" x open height
  • Battery/charger pack (24V) flooded lead-acid (175 Ah)
  • Battery/charger pack (24V) maintenance-free (195 Ah)
  • GNB maintenance-free battery/charger pack (24V-195 Ah)
  • NexSys® maintenance-free battery/charger pack
  • Charger pack (less batteries)
  • Polyurethane torsion block casters
  • Crowned poly, polyurethane or grip rubber (maxmatic tread)  drive tire
  • Convert load wheels to greasable-bearing
  • Cold storage conditioning
  • Galvanized chassis
  • UL-approved model type “E” or "EE"
  • Key switch
  • 3" lowered fork height (reduces capacity to 3000 lbs.)
  • Forward/reverse travel alarm
  • Reflective decals
  • Magnetic base shrink wrap holder

Best for: Concrete and asphalt surfaces as well as tight spaces
Not recommended for: Dirt , Gravel, or uneven surfaces

Key Safety Features:  Electric Horn, Emergency Power Disconnect,  and Anti-roll back system.

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