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Forklift Tires and Knowing When Enough Is Enough

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forklift tire tech at workForklifts don’t have a traditional suspension system so the entire weight of the forklift and its load rests on the tires. Your average 5,000 lb. capacity forklift actually has to support up over 11,000 lbs. of weight on the front tires when fully loaded which is no small feat. Using a forklift with tires that need to be replaced can damage your forklift and create a dangerous environment for your operator as well as others nearby. Tires that need to be replaced can cause your forklift to be unstable. Riding in a forklift that needs to have its tires changed is uncomfortable for the operator and can lead to fatigue and mistakes.

Because tires that need to be replaced can become a hazard, it’s important to know how to tell when it’s time to change yours. During your pre-shift inspection, make sure to look for these warning signs that your tires may need to be replaced and contact your local, authorized Toyota dealer for assistance if any of them are detected. Continue reading

Genuine Toyota Forklift Parts, Imitated by Many, Duplicated by None

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toyota forklift parts techAll Toyota forklifts are manufactured with Toyota Genuine Forklift Parts and Toyota STARLIFT components. To maintain the highest levels of safety and quality, any replacement part used on a Toyota forklift should be a Toyota Genuine Part. Toyota parts have built a reputation for their high level of quality and durability people expect from Toyota.

Don’t be fooled by imitators. The only place to source Toyota Genuine Parts is an authorized Toyota forklift dealer.

Forklift spare parts might seem like dime-a-dozen commodities that can be purchased without paying much attention. But smart operations understand that the parts make up the whole, and the best way to maximize the value of your Toyota Forklift is to replace its parts with the originals – Toyota Genuine Parts. You might pay more up front, but the long-term value of Toyota Genuine Parts comes from their quality, durability, and reliability. Continue reading

Why Do People Think All Forklift Parts Are Equal in Quality?

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toyota forklift part oil filterAftermarket forklift parts are often defined as any part not sourced from the original equipment manufacturer or OEM. Non-OEM aftermarket forklift part programs are everywhere, offered by almost all OEM dealerships and through those dealerships by every independent company involved in equipment repair. On the surface, one forklift part looks pretty much like any other forklift part. That perception costs companies dearly in increased maintenance and forklift downtime. Toyota forklifts are built with Toyota original parts of course. To keep your forklift operating properly, any replacement parts should also be Toyota original parts and should be obtained from an authorized Toyota forklift dealer.

Do you know what downtown costs your business? Some large businesses value downtime as high as $3,000 per minute on a smaller scale downtime can typically cost $15 per minute which is still $900 an hour and over $21,000 in 24 hours when your forklifts are down your company is down and losing money quick Toyota’s flexible maintenance plans coupled with Toyota genuine parts and the star lift parts program all work together as a one-stop shop to keep your business up and running. Continue reading

Toyota Forklift, What Can Their 360 Promise Bring to You and Your Business?

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toyota forklift 360 support trio forkliftToyota forklift trucks have improved the efficiency and productivity of tens of thousands of businesses across North America since 1967… And have been recognized as the world’s best-selling forklifts since 2002. But our popularity wasn’t won with a beauty contest. We became the best by building the best, ranking #1 globally in:
  • Safety
  • Cost of Ownership
  • Uptime
  • Service
  • Quality
  • Durability
  • Value
  • Reliability
  • Customer Satisfaction
We put more into our forklifts so you get more out of them. More advancements. More performance. And more hours doing the work you want them to. Dollar for dollar, feature for feature, no one gives you as much for your money as Toyota
The material-handling industry is constantly changing. How will you stay ahead of the curve? With Toyota 360 Support. We’ll connect your company with Toyota Advanced Logistics. You’ll gain proprietary insights and exclusive access to our most advanced technologies and state-of-the-art equipment, including picking systems and automatic guided vehicles.

We want to make sure your Toyota forklift keeps running like….well, a Toyota. That’s why we created Toyota 360, the most comprehensive support promise in the industry. It’s designed to save you money on forklift service, save you downtime, and save you headaches. Toyota 360 provides full-circle support for your forklift fleet.

Toyota 360 Support is Toyota’s promise to be your full support forklift supplier from the moment we first begin a conversation and throughout the entire life of your ownership. With Toyota 360 Support, you’ll get the Toyota advantage of Toyota’s Certified Technicians, Toyota Genuine Parts, Toyota standard and Extra Care Warranty programs, Optional T-Matics Support, and the Toyota Mobile Service app. Join the Toyota family and see success come full circle! Continue reading

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: , , , |1 Comment

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

Your Forklift Tires, When Is It Time to Replace Them?

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forklift tire toolThe forklift tire is critical to forklift safety [provides stability] and for protecting the operator and the forklift itself from vibrations by acting as the forklift’s only form of shock absorption. The forklift tire is subject to harm through the environment it works in, operational patterns, and to some extent, operator abuse. So, understanding this, when is it time to retire [pun intended] you forklift’s current tire set?

Forklifts don’t have a traditional suspension system so the entire weight of the forklift and its load rests on the tires. Your average 5,000 lb. capacity forklift actually has to support up over 11,000 lbs. of weight on the front tires when fully loaded which is no small feat. Using a forklift with tires that need to be replaced can damage your forklift and create a dangerous environment for your operator as well as others nearby. Tires that need to be replaced can cause your forklift to be unstable. Riding in a forklift that needs to have its tires changed is uncomfortable for the operator and can lead to fatigue and mistakes.

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By | August 1st, 2018|Categories: Forklift, Parts, Tires, Toyota|Tags: , , |1 Comment

The Real Story behind the Toyota 4Y Industrial Engine

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toyota forklift 4y engineThe 4Y motor is a Toyota designed and manufactured engine, exclusively for the Toyota forklift. It’s a very compact design, which benefits the customer by providing excellent air flow through the chassis and through the radiator to get the heat out of the forklift.

When inventor Sakichi Toyoda successfully pioneered the automatic loom, he laid the foundation for Toyota Industries and our commitment to kaizen, continuous improvement. For nearly a century, the Toyota name has been synonymous with excellence in quality and innovation with the inventor’s spirit at the heart of our business.

It took only eight years after establishing Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Co., Ltd. – known today as Toyota Industries Corporation – before Toyota produced its first engine in 1934: the A-type engine for automobiles.

But I’m sure if you’re reading this blog you know that Toyota makes much more than cars. In 1956, Toyota began producing forklift engines, a new chapter in the story of Toyota Industries. As material handling needs evolved, so did Toyota’s role in the game. Heavy duty applications called for equipment tough and robust enough to take on high capacity needs. And at the core of these powerful workhorses needed to be an engine with the durability and grit to deliver reliable life and power.

4y engine history

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In 1986, Toyota introduced a forklift engine that could take on these heavy duty challenges: The 4Y industrial engine. Carefully designed and engineered through the core practices of the Toyota Production System, this engine set a new standard of excellence within the material handling industry. Today, millions of these engines have been produced and can be found in forklifts, compressors, gas heat pumps, and more.

But most important, these engines are at the heart of Toyota’s internal combustion forklifts, making them some of the most dependable pieces of equipment on the market. Don’t believe me? The 4Y Engine has helped Toyota forklifts achieve more than 35,000 life cycle operator hours with ease. Some have even reached over 80,000 hours.

It’s an engine that is built to perform, but also engineered with sustainability in mind. The 4Y engine’s emissions system filters carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon, and nitrogen oxide gases, allowing it to surpass federal EPA emission standards.

The 4Y engine is a testament to Toyota’s commitment to the pursuit of improvement and of its dedication to creating a more sustainable future.

Want to learn more about the 4Y engine? Check out this video on 4Y’s perks and history or this video about how the 4Y improves Toyota forklift operation.

 

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Original article was published by Toyota Material Handling U.S.A.

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By | April 4th, 2018|Categories: Forklift, Parts, Toyota|Tags: , , |2 Comments

What Mom Never Told You about Your Forklift Brakes

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toyota forklift brakes repair by technicianOSHA regulations do mention forklift brakes. Most of their attention is spent on when the parking brake needs to be set. Proper use of the parking brake is important, but more frequently forklift brakes are called on again and again to moderate speed and of course stop the lift truck.

Ensuring that forklift components and systems are working properly is key to maintaining your operators’ safety and productivity. Your forklift’s brake assembly is one of the most relied upon components of safe forklift operation and should be inspected daily before the forklift is put to use. If your forklift brakes are not working, it could lead to costly accidents and injuries in your facility.

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Common Forklift Parts: The Terminology Primer

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Forklift parts are what make up the machine you depend on for safe, reliable productivity. Get to know basic forklift parts terminology.

Locating the main parts of a forklift is vital to make certain that your operators are reliably using equipment as intended in a safe manner. The following list of forklift terminology will help to ensure all associates are prepared to use equipment effectively and identify items that require the attention of a maintenance technician. Continue reading

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By | July 12th, 2017|Categories: Forklift, Parts, Toyota|Tags: , , |2 Comments