The What, Whys, and Where of a Forklift Demo

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forklift salesman or csrA forklift demo [demonstration] at your location, in your working environment, is a critical step when purchasing a new or used forklift. Typically the demo will run over several days at no cost to you. With this opportunity, you will be able to resolve if the machine is the right fit for you, your operators and your business. Read on to see the points Toyota makes about the importance of the forklift demo.

When I bought my first car, I did my homework. I researched similar vehicles, evaluating the quality, price, warranty, efficiency, and more. Once I decided on the type of car I wanted, I reached out to dealers and started test driving the cars. Demoing a forklift is a very similar process. As a customer, it is your responsibility to research the type of forklift you need in your facility and the dealerships that sell that type of forklift. Continue reading

Standing Desks and Stand up Forklifts May Be Better for You but Can Not Be Compared

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stand up versus three wheel narrow aise warehouseStanding desks are all the rage now in today’s workplace. While many people I know with standing desks hardly use them, they’re at least there in case you want to stretch your legs every once in a while and get a good view around the office. And I suppose there are the health benefits of not sitting down throughout an entire work shift.

But choosing between a stand-up rider and sit-down forklift is about more than the potential health benefits. Using the correct piece of equipment can actually have a major impact on the safety of your workplace. This guide will help show you the pros and cons of both types of forklifts and point you in the right direction for your next purchase, lease, or rental decision. Continue reading

3 Benefits of a Forklift Lease That May Change Your Perspective

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forklift lease toyotaThe forklift lease vs. buy decision is one most business will face sooner or later. This forklift is your company’s heavy lifter, whether it’s in the warehouse or out in the yard, so you need a good one–and you need it to be available at all times.

Buying something new is always exciting. A new purchase is the reward at the end of all the careful research you did to make sure you selected the best product on the market and it feels good for a while!

Three years into the life of your forklift ownership that new equipment smell has likely worn off and you are left with a forklift with declining efficiency. Or worse, one that no longer meets the needs of your growing business and your returns are diminishing. That is not what you expected when you made the purchase or is it?

For many companies large and small, leasing your fleet is an excellent option that can offer much better returns than purchasing without a substantial capital investment. I have thought of a few good reasons you might consider leasing your next forklift. Continue reading

Lithium-ion Powered Forklift Trucks: It’s Into the Cold

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Toyota 8HBW23 pallet jack workingDefinition of lithium-ion battery 

: a rechargeable battery that uses lithium ions as the primary component of its electrolyte. – Merriam-Webster

The name of the game in the cold storage material handling industry is to get as many products as possible into as tight of a space as possible while eliminating as many touches as possible. (That second part is generally true for any warehouse). But part of maintaining an effective cold storage operation for food products is also maintaining the efficiency in the material handling equipment we use in those applications. Extending run-time, ensuring effective aisle design for lifts, and maintaining fewer entries and exits all need to be taken into account when managing cold storage material handling.

The Lithium-ion Forklift Innovation

One innovation is carrying cutting-edge operations to new heights in cold storage – lithium-ion forklift batteries. These batteries are being used by early-adopters to replace lead-acid batteries when working in fridges and freezers. They are helping to overcome serious material handling challenges. For starters, some lithium-ion battery providers, such as Navitas Systems, claim that a lithium-ion can run 40 percent longer in freezers and fridges than standard lead-acid batteries. Longer run times mean more efficient routes and fewer times opening freezer doors that let in heat that might damage products.

Lithium-ion forklift batteries are also nearly maintenance free. While lead-acid batteries require water maintenance, a lithium-ion battery can run virtually untouched except for charging needs. This is a huge boon for ROI and efficiency.

The adoption of new technology has led many companies to maintain competitive advantages. That means that if you’re not moving forward with new technological developments, you’re actually moving backward, falling behind with each step your competitor takes forward. It might be worth checking out lithium-ion batteries before you get left out in the cold.

Video by Toyota Material Handling Europe


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The original article was published by Toyota Material Handling U.S.A.

For more information, insights or conversations regarding your forklift or material handling needs. You can visit our online contact form, call me at 763-315-9288 or email kthill@toyotaequipment.com.

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By | September 26th, 2018|Categories: Forklift, Sales, Toyota|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Navigating Today’s Forklift Market

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purchasing or buy toyota forkliftIf you’re in the forklift market for the first-time, have returned to the market after a long absence, or just need to go back to the basics, understanding where to start in buying a new forklift can seem like a complex process. And it can be. That’s why getting organized in your pursuit of buying the best forklift is a great place to start and Toyota can help to make sure you get the best ROI on your investment. Use this guide, which will help you know what to expect, offer a few tips to help you succeed, and few pitfalls to avoid. Continue reading

By | May 9th, 2018|Categories: Forklift, Sales, Toyota|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Is Leasing a Forklift the Best Choice for You?: The User’s Guide

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There are a lot of questions surrounding the question when is leasing a forklift the right choice? Toyota Material Handling has a e-book for download you should consider. Click this link for access to that paper.

Acquiring a forklift or a fleet of forklifts can have a major positive ROI for companies that carefully do their homework and get the best possible equipment for their operation. But choosing the right forklift is only one part of maximizing ROI for your capital equipment. You also need to consider what method of procurement to pursue: Should you rent, lease, or buy?

The answer to that questions will be dictated by your unique needs and operation. But for many companies, leasing provides too many advantages to ignore. What are those advantages? And what can you expect during the lifetime of your lease? Toyota can help answer these questions and more. Continue reading

4 Things You Need to Know about Electric Forklifts in the Warehouse Now

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toyota four wheel electric forklift in warehouseElectric forklifts can be beneficial in many different work indoor applications (and now even outdoors with Toyota’s 80-Volt Electric Pneumatic Forklift). Using electric forklifts in your warehouse is one of the most common uses of these machines and for good reason. Electric warehouse forklifts can reduce fuel costs and be charged at intervals that can maximize efficiency across shifts. Take a look at some of the following benefits electric forklifts could have in your warehouse space.

The Four Benefits of Electric Forklifts

Electric Warehouse Forklift Benefits: Less Noise

You may not think about it, but having a quieter forklift may impact you or your operator’s ability to operate safely and effectively in certain applications. In smaller, confined spaces, with multiple forklifts running, it could get pretty loud. With electric forklifts, it lowers the noise level, allowing for easier communication, and less fatigue from your operators. Really, the only noise that electric forklifts have is the horn. In certain warehouses, this can make it easier for operators and pedestrians to hear forklift horns, co-workers, or other important workplace sounds.

toyota reach trucks forklift in warehouse aisleElectric Warehouse Forklift Benefits: Lower Emissions

When you are using a gas or LPG burning forklift, you are producing emissions that could be harmful to your associates and products if not properly addressed. Electric forklifts do not generate any CO emissions. This helps keep your employees healthy and lower the impact of emissions in your warehouse.

Certain products can also be harmed by emissions including food items, other perishables, and various consumer products. Toyota electric forklifts come in a wide variety of lifting capacities to fit many different applications. Also, less emissions is great for the environment!

If you are using a gas or LPG forklift in your warehouse instead of electrics, we understand there are many reasons that might have influenced that decision, and Toyota is the U.S. leader in internal combustion forklifts. However, make sure you are using proper ventilation techniques if you’re using one in your warehouse.

Electric Warehouse Forklift Benefits: A Wide Range of Options

Because your warehouse needs to maximize space, it could be hard to fit a full-sized forklift down your narrow aisles. An electric warehouse forklift can help solve that issue. At Toyota, we have many different electric forklifts to fit your needs. Maybe you need to squeeze in those narrow aisles? The 3-wheel electric would be perfect. It has a tighter turn radius than most forklifts, but still has the capacity to lift up to 4,000 lbs. Maybe your warehouse stacks pallets behind each other. This is where reach trucks work great. Being able to place pallets in front of each other makes sure you are maximizing your warehouse space and racking. No matter what type of warehouse blueprint you have, Toyota Material Handling has an electric forklift to fit your needs!

Electric Warehouse Forklift Benefits: Operating Cost

When it comes to the operating cost of forklifts, electric forklifts can usually be lower than that of internal combustion models. While IC models run on gas, electric forklifts run on, well, electricity! You may need to set up a charging station in your warehouse, but the cost of electricity can be significantly lower than that of fuel.

While IC models are still the most popular in the market, electric forklifts are increasing in popularity. So remember, if you are looking to increase productivity and ROI in your warehouse, take a look at all of the different electric forklift options from Toyota.


We would enjoy hearing from you. Post your ideas or comments below, let’s start a dialog.

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

For more information, insights or conversations regarding your forklift or material handling needs. You can visit our online contact form, call me at 763-315-9288 or email kthill@toyotaequipment.com.

We would welcome the opportunity to cover your material handling questions or concerns. Toyota Lift of Minnesota works very hard to be your partner, and material handling consultant. You can also use our contact form below!

Questions, Needs or A Concern? Contact Me Direct

What does Forklift Leasing Truly Mean?

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talk about forklift lease leasingLeasing that new forklift is a good option for business owners who need the use of a lift truck for more than a year, but aren’t interested in sinking large amounts of cash into purchasing a machine. While forklift leasing provides the ultimate in flexibility by allowing you to return the equipment at any time, it also has the highest costs. Forklift leasing, also known as a long-term rental, may not be as open-ended as a short-term rental, but you still maintain considerable flexibility while keeping costs down. This buying guide outlines the basics of leasing a forklift and includes pricing information to help you start budgeting. Continue reading

8 Things You’ll Really Want to Hear About Forklift Trucks

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toyota pneumatic forklift in lumber yardWikipedia tells us: A forklift (also called lift truck, fork truck, fork hoist, and forklift truck) is a powered industrial truck used to lift and move materials over short distances. The forklift was developed in the early 20th century by various companies, including Clark, which made transmissions, and Yale & Towne Manufacturing, which made hoists. Since World War II, the use and development of the forklift truck have greatly expanded worldwide. Forklifts have become an indispensable piece of equipment in manufacturing and warehousing. In 2013, the top 20 manufacturers worldwide posted sales of $30.4 billion, with 944,405 machines sold. Wikipedia goes on to explain the forklift truck’s history, general operations, design types, attachments and safety. Continue reading

No You Don’t Want to Buy That

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forklift salesman handing keys to customerShould I buy that forklift or lease it? It is a question we hear often from our customers. While it is not a complex question, it is a question that depends on a number of variables. Making the right choice isn’t difficult either, especially if you work with anyone in our sales staff. Utilize their experience in these matters, and you are assured that you’ll make the right choice. Toyota Material Handling recently published a short list of just why you may want to lease, versus buy. See those suggestions here. Continue reading

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