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Forklift Lights: Are You as Confused by the Choices Available as We Are?

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Extreme care protecting our extremities is key. Read what Toyota tells us about them helping us keep arms, legs, toes, and fingers safe.Forklift lights are essential and there are many different types of forklift safety lights depending on the types of use or operation you enter. Because of all of the combinations of lights that can end up on a forklift, it can get confusing to understand the function of each. Let’s explore if you need a forklift light, the meaning of what a forklift light communicates when lit, and how forklift lights can be part of a safe working environment.

The most common lights on a forklift are headlights and tail lights (or brake lights). When they are configured on a forklift, headlights are located on the front of the forklift and tail lights are located on the rear or back of the forklift. Three other common forklift lighting accessories useful in a wide variety of operations are strobe lights, blue pedestrian spotlights, and red side pedestrian lights. When they are included on a forklift, these lights are usually located on the back, front and side are intended to increase the safety in forklift operation.

Do you need any of these forklift lights? The short answer is: it depends. The optional lights you put on your forklifts will depend on your specific operation.

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By | December 5th, 2018|Categories: Forklift, forklift safety, Toyota|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling and More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of November 25th

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Forklift Lights: You Must Choose but Choose Wisely

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forklift headlightsTraditional incandescent forklift lights can be a real pain if they give off a dim yellow untrue light, the bulbs need to be frequently replaced, and they are made of glass which can easily shatter. But of course, there are options available.

The material handling industry is composed of limitless application varieties. Sure, you have your general industries such as cold storage or lumber where common elements are shared from location to location, but even within these environments, you have differences that need to be accounted for. This includes different floor types, ambient temperatures, racking configurations, lighting conditions, and so much more. With all of these varying conditions, how can you find a forklift that will work for all of them? The answer is: you can’t.

This is why forklift options are so important and so prevalent in the material handling industry because it gives you an opportunity to customize your forklift to fit your specific needs. If you’re in a cold storage environment, you likely need additional safeguards to protect against moisture and low ambient temperatures while a forging application is more concerned with how high ambient temperatures could damage hydraulic hoses and other components.

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By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: Forklift, forklift safety, Parts, Toyota|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling and More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of November 18th

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Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling and More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of November 11th

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Alright, Just How Do You Operate a Sit-down Forklift?

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toyota forklift on rampSit-down forklift trucks are the most commonly used forklifts today. Most commonly they are ITA forklift classes one, four and five. Sit-down forklift manufacturers are now focusing on operator comfort and its impact on productivity. “A happy operator is a productive operator” is the new mindset of the leading manufacturers.

Most industries require material handling equipment to move products from A to B. Most often, this is done with a forklift. As with all material handling equipment, this brief guide is not a replacement for specialized training and certification in their safe operation. Here are some brief guidelines for how to drive a sit-down forklift. Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling and More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of November 4th

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Challenging Warehouses to Become Sustainable

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Forklift in warehouseAs the push for sustainable business practices continues to grow stronger, more and more warehouses are adopting “green” initiatives. Toyota has been practicing sustainable business practices, led by the guiding rules of the Toyota Production System, and continues to improve our impact on the environment. Practices such as Just-In-Time and Jidoka have helped Toyota Forklifts’ manufacturing site achieve a zero-landfill facility status. With benefits ranging from positive environmental impacts to substantial cost savings, making changes in your facility is worth your while. Here are a few of the ways you can bring green warehousing practices to your own facility: Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling and More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of October 28th

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Forklift and material handling information are constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, G+, Facebook and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers.

Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary. Continue reading

But Which Forklift Spare Parts are Important?

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toyota forklift spare partsKeeping a large inventory of spare parts on hand encroaches on both the budget and physical storage space of your business. What happens if your forklift goes down and you don’t have that critical spare part on hand? Your business suffers unnecessary downtime and you may be forced to pay outrageous freight costs to have the parts shipped to you overnight.

How do you determine which forklift parts are critical and which are not?

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By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: Forklift, Parts, Toyota|Tags: , , , |0 Comments