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The Proper Care and Feeding of Forklift Batteries

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The proper maintenance and handling of forklift batteries is imperative to their longevity. There’s a right way and a wrong way to maintain and handle forklift batteries and doing it properly will ensure your investment is maximized.

Lead acid batteries are one of the most neglected pieces of equipment in material handling. Low water levels, corrosion, and electrolyte spillage are common issues that need to be monitored on a daily basis, but one practice that tends to be forgotten is the equalization charge. So, what is an equalization charge? I’m glad you asked! Continue reading

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

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

Military Matters: Helping Veterans Get off on the Right Foot in Civilian Life Through Forklift Certification

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forklift training free for vetsOur veterans have given a lot of themselves to all of us, Toyota Lift of Minnesota through forklift certification and training is working to give Minnesota veterans a leg up in their civilian life. Did you know that operators of powered industrial trucks must be fully trained and employer certified as required by OSHA federal regulation? As part of the regulation, truck operators are required to complete
formal classroom training, practical hands-on training, and evaluation. We knew we could help with that.

In March of 2011, through the generosity of Toyota Industrial Equipment, who is celebrating more than 50 years in business in North America. TMHU is the supplier of Toyota lift trucks, the number one selling brand since 2002. In addition to the full line of high-quality lift trucks, the company’s extended industrial equipment solutions include Automatic Guided Vehicles and tow tractors. Toyota Lift of Minnesota began testing and certifying veterans in forklift operation. We have since certified several hundred veterans. Our training agenda includes:

  • Introduction To Safe Lift Truck Operation
    (includes the review of Operator, and Pedestrian videos.)
  • Familiarization With The Lift Truck –
    (cost, weight/mass, instruments, and controls)
  • Operator Maintenance Responsibilities (inspections, equipment checks)
  • Starting And Driving Practice
    (practical application of skills in your environment)
  • Material Handling Practice
    (using loads your drivers are familiar with)
  • Review And Test
    (repeat showing of the videos, give furnished quiz orally and written)

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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

Toyota Forklift Trucks: Protecting What’s Yours

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toyota forklift factory warrantyToyota forklift trucks are best known for their quality durability reliability and overall value, in addition, Toyota forklifts are protected by an industry-leading warranty. We understand that a forklift is a big purchase and our warranty plans are designed to protect your investment for years to come

As your forklift partner Toyota provides two standard forklift warranties basic and powertrain most Toyota forklifts are covered for 12 months or 2000 hours under the basic warranty coverage Toyota’s order pickers and reach trucks are covered for 4 months or 750 hours Toyota’s powertrain warranty continues for up to 36 months or 6,000 hours on most models and covers drive motors electronic control panel components contactor panels differentials and drive axles.

A forklift is a hefty investment, no matter what the case. When you buy a Toyota forklift, you get a powerful basic and powertrain warranty to help bring you peace of mind. Let’s take a look at Toyota Forklift’s basic and powertrain warranty options. 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 Operators: Defenders of Pedestrian Safety in the Workplace

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pedestrians forklift blurred warehouse rackingForklift operators have two critical jobs to account for in addition to their daily tasks: keeping themselves safe and ensuring pedestrian safety in their work environments. However, pedestrian safety might also be increased if non-operators take simple precautions when walking in areas of forklift use. Ultimately, it’s about developing a culture of communication and awareness that keeps everyone safer in any environment. Here are some ideas that you can explore to potentially make your work space safer. Continue reading

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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