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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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Product Review: New AICHI Vertical Mast Lift

 Product Name:  AICHI Vertical Mast Lift
Product Numbers: WM1230J & WM1630J
Manufacturer: Toyota Industries Company
Lift Capacity: 500 capacity (249 lb. at extension)
Notable feature(s): 24 volt AC drive motors, zero-degree inside turn radius
Price Range: $14,250-$24,500
Value for the money: Excellent

Best for: This mast lift is best for someone who wants a low cost of ownership and doesn’t care about brand names. This equipment can be used for all areas of construction, facility maintenance, warehousing, retail and manufacturing.

Not recommended for: dirt or areas of rough terrain or 30% grade or higher. 

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Taylor-Dunn Bigfoot XL Product Review


Product Name:  Bigfoot XL
Manufacturer: Taylor-Dunn
Capacity:  3,000 lb load capacity, 10,000 lb tow capacity
Price Range: $15,000- $24,000
Value for the money: Excellent

Notable features: 

  • 54” Wide x 77” long deck capable of carrying wide loads & pallets
  • 17 HP AC drive motor
  • Automatic electric brake provides outstanding performance and safety
  • Large operator's compartment with adjustable bucket seats and adjustable steering column

Best for:  With towing capacity up to 10,000 lbs, Bigfoot XL makes an excellent tow vehicle (see helicopter video below). It's also a good choice for indoor warehouse product movement, outdoor facilities maintenance, residential communities, apartment complexes or campuses with multiple buildings to stock or maintain. 

 

Not recommended for: This vehicle is meant to be driven on firm, solid surfaces. It should not be used in rough terrain applications or driven on public roads.

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Toyota 8-Series Order Picker Product Review

Product Name: 8 Series Electric Order Picker 
Manufacturer: Toyota
Lift Capacity:  3,000 lbs, up to 390"
Notable feature(s): 3 models available (Good, Better & Best)
Price Range: $34,000 - $42,000
Value for the money: Excellent

Best for: Toyota’s electric order pickers are ideal for narrow aisle applications including warehouse order picking and 3rd Party Logistic (3PL) companies. With multiple platform sizes available, the equipment can be customized for either small or large product picking.

Not recommended for: Dock Work - Loading & Unloading Trailers

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Cascade Fork Positioner Product Review

 Product Name:  Fork Positioner Attachment
Manufacturer: Cascade
Interesting features: Fork Positioners allow lift truck operators to hydraulically move the forks together or further apart (individually or together) to quickly and accurately fit different pallet or load sizes without leaving their seat.

Price Range:  5,500 lb capacity models range from $1690 -$5950
(wide positioning = $5815 - $8500)
Value for the money:  Cascade's fork positioner offers excellent value for all lift trucks handling different pallet sizes or irregular loads.

Best for:  Whether in a single forklift operation or a large fleet, fork positioners can provide flexibility and improve profitability when handling varied load sizes.  Fork positioners can provide significant productivity gains in applications where  the forklift operator leaves their seat multiple times a day to adjust the position of their forks (or for applications with irregular or varied loads).

- Fork positioners are commonly used in agriculture, paper handling, construction, machine shops, and food and beverage industries.

- High-visibility, hang-on style fork positioners are ideal for distribution, warehousing and manufacturing applications.

- Heavier-duty models meet the needs of more demanding applications such as outdoor or rugged/corrosive environments that require long forks or handling material with extended load centers.

Not recommended for: Any application that can handle all of their loads with the same fork position.  For these customers, a standard side-shifter will suffice.

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Product Review: Toyota Diesel Forklift

Product Name: Toyota 1ZS Diesel Forklift
Manufacturer: Toyota Industrial Equipment
Interesting Features: Tier IV Final Emissions Compliant
Lift Capacity: up to 6500 lbs  for the 1ZS engine,  higher capacities available  with other engines
Notable feature(s): Multi-function digital display with onboard self-diagnostics, rear pillar assist grip with horn button, swivel seat and ergonomic steering wheel knob.
Price Range:  Starting at $30k
Value for the money: Excellent

Best for:  Any operation that needs clean diesel power outdoors.
Toyota's 1ZS  diesel engine is ideal for the agricultural industry because it meets Tier IV final emissions standards.

Not recommended for: Indoor use

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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

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