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Say Good-Bye to the Baby Boomers and Their Old Ways of Forklift Parts Procurement

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Did you know: 10,000 baby boomers will retire today – and every day – for the next 10 years?

The management and decision-making roles they leave vacant will be filled with the largest group in the U.S. workforce – millennials. Millennials have spent the better part of their lives online, connecting with friends on social media, conducting research with a simple Google search, and shopping for anything they desire – all from the comfort of their own homes. To stay relevant to this new generation of consumers, companies must be willing to adapt to the rapidly changing customer expectations.

One of my favorite quotes is attributed to Grace Hopper:

“The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘We’ve always done it this way.” Continue reading

There Are More Forklift Fork Types than You Can Shake a Stick At

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Just like Bubba in Forest Gump knows everything there is to know about the shrimping business, there is a lot to know about forklift forks. You can lift with them, sideshift them, fork position them, and even rotate them. Not to mention there are a variety of sizes, classes, and mounting types to choose from.

Just like our good pal Bubba did with shrimp, we’re going to list out some of the most common fork types that are available in the industry today. Should you determine different type of forks may provide unique benefits and advantages depending on the industry that you’re in and the types of loads that you’re handling, the following guide may prove useful in navigating your options:

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By | July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Forklift, Toyota|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Little Known Ways That Concrete Floors Threaten Your Forklifts and Your Safety

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Using forklifts effectively in any application requires assessing how they will work in concert with the other elements of your facility. From understanding your dock capabilities to making sure pallet racks and forklifts match up appropriately, a successful facility takes into account every touchpoint of forklifts in use.

An easy to overlook touchpoint that requires attention is facility flooring. Too often, operations that use forklifts experience unexpected damage to both product and equipment because floors become damaged. In this post, I’ll discuss some of the impacts of damaged floors on equipment and personnel, help identify some trouble areas on concrete floors, and discuss possible solutions to damaged flooring. Continue reading

Worker Fatigue in Forklift Operations Equals Workplace Hazard

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forklift driver fatiguedRunning a business isn’t easy. Just ask the employees who are out there every day working hard to keep things moving. One of the best ways to make sure your business continues to flow and flow safely is to make sure you and your employees avoid worker fatigue. Fatigue is defined as the state of feeling tired, weary or sleepy. It should be considered a workplace hazard, as it can be a form of impairment. Continue reading

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Forklift, Safety, Toyota|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Death, Forklift Mast Chains And Taxes

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There are a lot of moving parts on a forklift that are critical to its operation and the forklift mast chains are no exception. As you may already know, a forklift uses hydraulic pressure to raise the mast up by raising the lift cylinders. This, in turn, raises the inner mast channels, but without the lift chains, your forks and carriage aren’t going anywhere. And if your forks aren’t being lifted, you aren’t going to be getting much work done.

So how does it all work? As I explained, the lift cylinders will lift the inner mast rails, but the mast chains are actually responsible for lifting the carriage and forks. Each mast chain is attached to the carriage and then routed up and over a chain wheel that acts as a pulley. The chain is then bolted into a boss that is welded onto the inner mast rail. So when the mast rails raise, the chains also raise and thus the carriage goes up with it. Continue reading

Toyota Lift Trucks Is Your Online Source for Genuine Toyota Forklift Parts

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Toyota forklift owners and technicians can find and buy Toyota Genuine Parts exclusively online via keyword search, part number search, or model and serial number search.

Toyota Material Handling has launched its MyToyota Store. Toyota forklifts, a leading forklift manufacturer in North America, now offers more than 600,000 parts for forklifts and other material handling equipment for purchase online. Toyota forklift owners and technicians can find and buy Toyota Genuine Parts exclusively online via keyword search, part number search, or model and serial number search. Continue reading

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Forklift, Parts, Toyota|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Warehousing: Doing A Lot More with So Much Less

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Doing more with less space has become more important than ever in the warehousing industry. While manufacturing and distribution centers are on the rise in the United States, companies are uncovering new challenges when it comes to their narrow aisle warehouse spaces. There is a need to fit increasing volumes of products into the same warehouse buildings. How are we supposed to do this? Packing all of your product into smaller spaces usually calls for Narrow Aisles (NA) or Very Narrow Aisles (VNA) solutions. Continue reading

Give Us 3 Minutes, We’ll Give You the Skinny On the Choices You Have in Forklift Attachments

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forklift attachmentWhen you run a forklift or an entire fleet of them—the challenges are real. Forklift attachments can help you outfit your forklifts to making them safer, less prone to damage, more productive, and easier to operate.

Forks are undeniably the most popular attachment for a forklift. However, they are not always the right attachment for every application, as some loads require unique attachments to get the job done. And if forks are the choice attachment, there are additional attachments available that help those forks perform certain jobs better, such as side shifters or fork positioners.

Selecting and using the right attachment for your application can results in higher productivity, less damage to the load, less stress on the forklift, and added convenience for the forklift operator. So, what attachments are the most popular? Continue reading

Cushion Tired Forklift Trucks: Let’s Get Back to Basics

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Cushion tires used on cushion tired forklift trucks are made of smooth solid rubber and are fitted around a metal band. They are cheaper to manufacture and easier to maintain, but cushion tires do not get the same level of traction as a pneumatic tire, particularly outdoors. Cushion tires are best for smooth surface applications, primarily indoors or on loading docks. They also help with handling in smaller spaces, as they facilitate a smaller turning radius.

When you start looking to buy a forklift, one of the first things you will notice is the different tire types that are available. Pneumatic and cushion tires are the two most common, and those tire types are often used as a dividing line for the forklifts used in certain operations (along with fuel type) If your business operates a lot outdoors, then you may want to take a look at this post explaining pneumatic tires and why they are beneficial. But if you work mostly indoors, then cushion tires are made for you. To put it simply, cushion tires are made of a smooth rubber that is fitted around a metal band, great for indoor applications. The following are some of the major benefits of cushion tires. Continue reading

The Lazy Man’s Guide to a Toyota Forklift Data Plate

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toyota forklift data plateI’ve visited plenty of customers who call their Toyota forklift a nickname like “Big Orange” or “The Boss” to be able to easily identify it from other forklifts in their fleet. These nicknames are great when communicating internally, but knowing and understanding your forklift’s model number will help you communicate more effectively with people externally, like your Toyota dealer or other company locations. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple way to help you understand those seemingly complicated Toyota model numbers?

Well, look no further, because here’s your comprehensive guide to Toyota Forklift Model Numbers!

As with most products, Toyota model numbers are a combination of letters and numbers with each one having its own meaning. Once you understand the general sequence and meaning of each of these characters, you’ll be able to identify “Big Orange” as a THD2200-24 with pneumatic tires and 22,000 lbs capacity at a 24” load center.

Ready? Let’s get started.

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