Review: Toyota 3-Wheel Electric Forklift

by Bill Parks on May 25, 2021
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Product Name: Toyota Three Wheel Electric Forklift 
Model Numbers: 8FBE15U-20U, 8FBES15U and 8FBEH18U
Lift Capacity: 3000 - 4000 lbs.
Notable feature(s): Extreme maneuverability
Price Range:
$27,000 - $34,000  
Value for the money:
Excellent
Optional Features:

Mini levers ergonomic controls
EZ Control joystick
Blue safety light for pedestrians
Rear assist grip with horn button

Best for: These forklifts are uniquely suited for barrel operations in wine caves, narrow-aisle warehouses (or any operation with limited space) because these machines can turn in less than their own length! Every winery needs one...

Not recommended for: The only downside to these lifts is that they are harder on dock leveler plates and generally require the next weight capacity up.


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Toyota 3-Wheel Electric Forklift Pros & Cons

Pros: The best thing about this forklift is its ability to work in tight areas. Also, this is the only forklift on the market that can be fitted with pneumatic tires or cushion  tires, making it ideal for indoor/outdoor use and driving between buildings.  

This multi-use lift truck leads the industry in run time, lift/lowering speeds and travel speed (9.7 - 10.2 MPH with a full load. Starting in April 2021, Toyota's 3-wheel forklift also comes standard with LED headlights.

Last but certainly not least, it's an excellent value. Toyota's 3-wheel forklift costs less than their stand-up forklift, and the aisle width requirement is only 6" more.  


Cons:  The weight capacity is limited to a max of 4000 lbs., and the down rating is severe with the solid pneumatic tires.

Hands-on with the Toyota 3-Wheel Electric - Customers choose this forklift over the competition because of its smooth operation, easy entry/exit and the simplicity of design.  One customer went on and on about the smoothness, and it won out with them on a demo against three other brands! Also, the maintenance on this forklift is extremely low due to its simple design and parts commonality with other Toyota forklift models.

Summary: Overall, the Toyota Three Wheel Electric Forklift is a great value, multi-function forklift ideal for narrow-aisle warehouses or other operations with tight spaces. Learn more about the 3-Wheel Electric and read more reviews on Toyota’s website, or request a quote from TMHNC. 

Further Reading:

The Electric Forklift Buyer's Guide

Topics: Electric Forklifts, New Equipment, Reviews

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