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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: 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

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.

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!

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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: , , , |2 Comments

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.

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!

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

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.

 

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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

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

Forklift Checklists: The Simplest Ways to Address Yours

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pre-operation forklift checklists workWhat does OSHA require regarding forklift checklists? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all forklift operator training programs include instruction explaining how operators are to “examine” forklift trucks before placing them in operation.  The specific requirement is found in OSHA Reg: 1910.178(q)(7) and reads:

“Industrial trucks shall be examined before being placed in service, and shall not be placed in service if the examination shows any condition adversely affecting the safety of the vehicle. Such examination shall be made at least daily. Where industrial trucks are used on a round-the-clock basis, they shall be examined after each shift. Defects when found shall be immediately reported and corrected.”

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Forklifts are a common sight in many industries. Whether used in warehouses, manufacturing plants, retail applications or elsewhere, forklifts are crucial tools in the daily operations and supply chains of most businesses. Because of this frequent level of use, many operators and nearby pedestrians can become complacent regarding safety protocols. This complacency can have many ill effects, including asset damage, employee discipline, fines, injury, and even death.

According to the Operational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an average of 100 employees are killed each year in forklift accidents, and as many as 95,000 total forklift accidents occur on an annual basis. In many cases, these accidents are avoidable. While Toyota forklifts are carefully manufactured with safety top-of-mind, safety protocols must be followed correctly for operators and pedestrians to be protected. Continue reading

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