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What to Do With an Old Forklift


For a limited time, you can turn an old forklift into $2000 cash towards the purchase  new Toyota forklift. The limited-time offer also includes a $500 rebate for pallet jacks (working or not).

Don’t hang on to worn-out equipment that costs you time and money. Learn more about Toyota’s forklift rebate offer and how to dispose of a non-working forklift.

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.

Product Review: Cascade Recycling Clamp

Product Name: Recycling Clamp Attachment
Manufacturer: Cascade
Price Range: $8,000.00 and up
Value for the money: Excellent
Cascade's Recycling Clamp is designed to withstand the most demanding applications. The attachment is built with full-length alloy steel wear bars, full-width UHMW bearings and frame bumpers to protect cylinders.

Notable features:

  • Thin arm profile for effective knifing between loads
  • Rebar rib arm facing for optimal load engagement
  • Carriage centering key for precise and secure mounting
  • Available for both high and low pressure hydraulic systems

Best for: Recycling yards, cotton gins, feed stores, hay farming operations, or anyone with a baler.

Not recommended for: Applications that require forks

How An Industrial Floor Cleaning Machine Can Pay for Itself

Ask any manager who’s dealt with a major incident or received a fine - nothing is more expensive than regret. Unfortunately, it can be hard to convince decision-makers to invest in new equipment to prevent accidents.

Understandably, managers are focused on improving profits. Shrinking budgets and (what can seem like) competing priorities can cause conflict between EHS managers and other decision-makers, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Industrial floor cleaning machines offer protection against fines and worker injuries and can pay for themselves through reduced labor costs. Commercial cleaning equipment is like  an insurance policy that also improves the bottom line.

Read on for more ways to get buy-in for an industrial floor cleaning machine purchase. Keep in mind, we can bring any equipment to your location for a free demo - including ride-on and walk-behind sweepers and automatic scrubbers. Toyota Material Handling Northern California (TMHNC) serves the Bay Area, Salinas and The Central Valley from Sacramento to Fresno.

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.

Product Review: High Density Polyethylene Pallets

Product Name:  ProGenic Heavy Duty Pallet
Manufacturer: PSI
Load Ratings: Static Load Ratings of 20,000 lbs, Dynamic load ratings of 5,000 lbs 
Notable feature(s): Lightweight, non-halogen, FM approved, FDA compliant, grommets and 6” or 5” models. The optional interrupted perimeter lip keeps product from shifting during transit.  
Price Range: $90 - $100 each
Value for the money: Excellent

Plastic Pallets are ideal for: food processing plants, vineyards, beverage companies & pharmaceutical applications

Advantages of Floor Cleaning Machines vs. Manual Cleaning

Brooms and mops may seem like a smart way to save money, but for many businesses, the labor costs associated with manual cleaning are far greater than buying an industrial floor cleaning machine. To put it bluntly, just because you're saving money on equipment doesn’t mean you’re saving money.

Commercial cleaning equipment can eliminate dirt, dust, grease and grime in a fraction of the time it takes someone to sweep or scrub the area manually. Today’s auto-scrubbers and industrial sweepers are whisper quiet, have long-lasting batteries and eliminate the safety hazards associated with mops and brooms.

Time is money, and if you have a large area to keep clean, mops and brooms are inefficient. They also:

Industrial cleaning equipment can quickly pay for itself. Learn more about the advantages of using a commercial floor cleaning machine versus manual cleaning with a mop or broom:

Why TMH Is the #1 Place to Buy a GEM Vehicle in Northern California

Toyota Material Handling Northern California (TMH) became the #1 Polaris dealer in the USA last year. We consider it a great honor that hundreds of businesses in the Bay Area, Sacramento and Central Valley have chosen TMH as their business partner.

We help customers save thousands of dollars by switching to electric Polaris GEM vehicles. They’re low maintenance and can run up to 8 hours on a single charge. Large fleets can save six-figures in fuel and maintenance costs, not to mention significantly reducing their CO2 emissions.

When you think about it, most operations don't need a truck designed to be driven  80 mph on the freeway.  On a typical campus, vehicles never exceed 25 mph and are only driven about 12 miles per day. So why pay more for a full-size vehicle? We’re happy to provide a personal consultation, but here’s a quick
combustion to electric fleet savings calculator.

Polaris GEM vehicles are also eligible for alternative-fuel vehicle funding programs such as The San Joaquin Valley Air Grant (up to $20,000 per vehicle, $100,000 per agency per year).

When to Use an Electric Vs. Propane Forklift


Choosing the best forklift for your business isn’t easy, even for experienced buyers. You have to decide between new vs. used, Toyota vs. the other guys, and of course fuel type.

One of the more common questions we get from forklift buyers is, “should I go with an electric or LP forklift?”
  • Both are clean and quiet compared to gas or diesel
  • Electric forklifts cost more upfront but have a lower cost of ownership overall
  • Changing a propane tank is easier than changing a battery, but electric battery tech has come along way. Many two-shift operations only need one battery

So which one is better? It all depends on your operation...

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