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

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?

Top 10 Posts in 2018

As 2018 comes to an end, let’s take some time to reflect on our most popular blog posts. Starting at #10 our list covers product reviews, information on batteries, forklift technicians, safety and more.

Which topic was the most popular? Scroll through the post to find out. 

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: GEM Sapphire Fleet Management System


Product Name: GEM ONE Sapphire Fleet Management System                           
Manufacturer: GEM ONE
Notable features:  Impact notifications, GPS (last know position outside), daily operator checklist, operator certification expiration notification (30-days prior), cellular-based (no WiFi required).
Price Range:
 $2,500 - $5,900  
Value for the money:
Excellent
Options: 

  • Ability to add up to 4 cameras per unit
  • Fork Scale
  • Pin Code or Key Fob Sign on Options 
  • Indoor GPS (coming soon)
  • Can be installed on propane or electric forklifts as well as many other pieces of equipment (golf carts, scissor lifts, boom lifts, etc.)
  • Battery indicators (water levels & state of charge)

Best for: A fleet size of five or larger
Not recommended for: Extremely dirty or harsh (outdoor) conditions

Product Review: E-Z Reach Portable Tilter

Product Name: E-Z Reach Portable Tilter
Manufacturer: Southworth  
Interesting Features:
- Eliminates bending and reaching into containers,
- Can be used to pick up staged containers and move them to a work cell
- 2000 and 4000 Lb. capacity
Price Range: $3,700 - $5,995
Value for the money: Excellent
Recommended for: Indoor Applications, Food Processing, Machine shops, Manufacturing Warehouses

Review: Toyota Electric Pneumatic Forklift


Product Name:  Electric Pneumatic Forklift (EPF)
Manufacturer: Toyota
Lift Capacity:  4000-11,000 lbs.
Notable feature(s):  (SAS) System of Active Stability, available in 36, 48, 80-volt variants
Price Range: $20k - $80K
Value for the money: Excellent

Best for: Toyota's rugged Electric Pneumatic Forklift is made for outdoor applications such as agriculture, brick, block, concrete, lumber, pipe and many more. Because it runs on clean power, the truck can also be used indoors and is adaptable for a variety of different operation sizes. 

Not recommended for:  In a large yard where the forklift operates remotely, valuable time can be lost bringing the truck in to swap batteries. 

Review: Toyota 9BRU Reach Truck

Product Name:  9BRU Reach Truck & Toyota 9BDRU Deep Reach
Manufacturer: Toyota
Lift Capacity: 2,500 - 4,500 lbs
Notable feature(s):  Narrow aisle maneuverability, extendable pantograph-mounted carriage, optional deep reach, programmable performance parameters.
Price Range: $29,000- $44,000.00 (for reach truck only).
Add $5000 - $10,000 per battery,  $2,000 - $4,000 per charger.
Value for the money: Excellent
Options include: Height and fork tilt meter,  lift limit with bypass, cold storage/freezer conditioning, battery slide out, double-deep reach option.

Best for: Narrow aisle storage, high rack storage, multiple shift operations, freezer/refrigerated storage, double deep rack, or push-back rack applications with smooth, even flooring.

Industry Types: Distribution centers, warehousing, shipping, logistics, pharmaceutical, clean room, electronics, computer/semi-conductor, beverage,  food service, agricultural,  or glassware.

Should not be used: to unload trucks over dock levelers or dock plates  or excessively rough flooring surfaces.

Read on to learn more about the Pros and Cons of Toyota's 9BRU reach trucks and what our customers have to say about this product, or view our current inventory of reach trucks for sale. You can also check our used inventory for reach trucks and reach trucks for rent.  

Review: Toyota Electric Order Picker

Product Name:   Electric Order Picker (model 7bpu15)
Manufacturer: Toyota 
Lift Capacity: 3,000 lbs up to 25 feet
Notable feature(s): Narrow aisle capability, low cost, high level of customization
Price Range: $34,000 - $37,000
Value for the money: Excellent

Standard Features: 

  • Bubble-Cushioned Floor Mat - provides operator comfort for all day use even on rough surfaces
  • Fixed Side Gates – provides operator safety while offering large space for load placement
  • Flush-Mounted Brake Pedal – reduces fatigue and increases productivity
  • Anti-Rattle Mast Staging – provides confident load handling at raised heights
  • Cushioned Mast Stops - smooth stage transition while raising and lowering operator platform
  • Electronic Power Steering – provides quiet, responsive, low-effort operation in tight spaces

 

Best for: Toyota's electric order picker is ideal for many types of operations and industries including: warehouse order picking, and Third Party Logistics (3PL) companies with square footage over 10,000 square feet. The base legs and operator platforms are available in a variety of widths to accommodate different types of racking systems and product sizes.

Not recommended for: Do not buy this product instead of a forklift. It is not designed for placement of bulk storage/palletized goods.

View current inventory:
Toyota Electric Order Picker (new)
View Used Order Picker Inventory

Review: Taylor-Dunn Bigfoot Electric Cart

Product Name: Bigfoot
Manufacturer: Taylor-Dunn
Interesting Features:  3000lb load capacity with 44” wide x 77” long rear bed, large operator’s compartment, adjustable bucket seats and steering column, AC Drive, able to tow up to 7500 lb.
Price Range: $10,000 - $18,000
Value for the money:  Excellent


Recommended for:  small and large warehousing and manufacturing, hospitals, airports, hotels/resorts, nurseries, wineries, stadiums, large campuses, school districts, colleges and universities.

The Bigfoot can be customized for each specific application (including an ambulance) and at 44” wide has the ability to access areas not accessible by full-size work trucks or vans.  Any company that needs to move people or product in a safe, efficient cost-effective manner should consider buying the Bigfoot. Speeds can be limited to 10 MPH for maximum safety in work and campus environments. 

Not recommended for:  use on rough terrain or public roads, or any application where a long run time is required. That said, if an electric engine isn't a critical feature,  the Bigfoot comes in a gasoline-powered version that can run for 100 miles at speeds up to 18 miles per hour.

The Bigfoot is made to carry product and people on sound cement, asphalt, gravel and dirt surfaces. Turf tires are available as an option, but the Bigfoot is not made for use in rough or muddy terrain. Additionally, Bigfoot is made for industrial and commercial use and not intended for travel on public highways. 

For street legal applications, or extended run time, TMHNC recommends the Polaris GEM electric vehicle, which can be li
censed for street use where the posted speed limit is 35 MPH or less. The GEM is also capable of over 100 miles of run time when using Lithium-Ion battery packs.

 

Review: Combilift CB Multi-Directional Forklift

Product Name:  CombiLift CB Multi-directional Forklift
Manufacturer: CombiLift 
Lift Capacity:  5,500 - 17,500lbs
Notable feature(s): multi-directional operation, ability to carry and side-shift multiple pallets side by side
Price Range: $60k-$200k
Value for the money: Excellent
Options: 
Electric & LP models available

Best for:  indoor or outdoor applications. These compact lifts are ideal for moving long and awkward loads in tight spaces.  They work well in the lumber, steel, aluminum and building product industries as well as general warehousing.

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