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The Foundry Package: Shielding Your Forklift from Harm

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foundry package forkliftWhat does a foundry package forklift have to do with the boy scout motto, “Be Prepared?” The motto reminds everyone to be prepared for workplace environments by learning beforehand what you will need in all the environments your forklift will work in. Another saying comes to mind, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound cure.”

“The Heat Is On” is more than just a popular song by Eagles lead singer Glenn Frey, it’s also a great metaphor for forging and casting applications. And the heat isn’t just on the street, it’s also on your forklift and on forklift operators. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can combat these high temperatures to increase productivity and reduce the possibility of premature wear on your equipment.

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By | June 24th, 2020|Categories: Forklift, Toyota|Tags: , |0 Comments

How To: Buying Forklift Trucks In A Slow Economy

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buying a forkliftBuying a forklift is not a small investment and it shouldn’t be treated as such. When pursuing the purchase of a new forklift or forklift fleet there are a wide variety of considerations to take into account. And not all of these are singularly focused on forklift specs. At Toyota Lift of Minnesota, we realize that the decision to invest in any piece of capital equipment takes time and consideration.

In our effort to help you better assess your forklift purchases, use the guide below to help you make the best possible decisions. We’ve divided the guide into two sections. The first pertains directly to equipment. The second to other considerations to take into account before you buy a forklift.

Product-based Questions to Ask When Buying a Forklift

Developing a thorough understanding of the available products, and, just as importantly, your own operation where those forklifts will be operated, is the first key in making a decision on what forklift to buy. Take time to reflect on your operation and consider how it can be optimized if you select certain types of equipment. Using the questions below is a good starting place; when ready, you can contact your locally authorized Toyota dealer to get inquiries more specific to your unique needs.

  1. Do you need an electric or an internal combustion (IC) engine? Electric forklifts are powered by batteries. IC forklifts are powered by traditional engines that run on different types of fuel.
  2. Will you be driving the forklift indoors or outdoors? This will determine what type of tires you need. Cushion tires are best on concrete. Pneumatic tires are best for asphalt, hard dirt or firm gravel.
  3. What is the width of your aisles? If your aisle space is narrow, you may need a 3-wheel forklift or a stand-up rider model. A narrow aisle order picker or reach truck may also be your best solution.
  4. How many hours a week will you use the forklift? Used forklifts are great if you only need them for a few hours a day. If you plan to run your forklift four or more hours a day, consider a new model.
  5. How much weight are you lifting? Make sure to purchase a forklift that can handle more than your heaviest load.
  6. How high do you need to lift a load? Purchase a forklift that can lift a load to your maximum height.
  7. Will you be loading or unloading from trailers? If so, get a forklift specifically designed to work in tight areas. Pay particular attention to the lowered mast height of the forklift.
  8. Do you handle food? If yes, you might need an electric forklift to avoid emissions.

Business-based Questions to Ask When Buying a Forklift

The forklift and operation aren’t the only thing to take into account when pursuing the right forklift purchase. Your business depends largely on you making savvy decisions that think more thoroughly about the big picture. Here are a few more questions you might seek answers to when buying a forklift.

  1. Should I rent a model before I take the step toward purchasing? You wouldn’t purchase a car without a test drive, so you shouldn’t purchase a forklift without a test either. Request a demo or a short-term rental to test the forklift in your facility.
  2. Should I be loyal to my brand or change brands? Maintaining a forklift fleet has its benefits when you consider that operators can move easily between vehicles, assuming they’ve been trained on each different type. But that shouldn’t keep you from making a change if your needs are changing or you need an upgrade. We’re confident you’ll find Toyota’s products to be top-of-the-line and the leader in quality, durability, and overall value. Reach out to a Toyota dealer if you have questions about maintaining a one-brand fleet.
  3. What is the lifetime value of my forklift? Make sure you’re choosing a forklift you can afford over its lifetime. Only paying attention to the upfront cost can be a big mistake.
  4. Am I getting the forklift I really need? You’ll find that you can get a lot of extra accessories for your forklift. Make sure you get what you need, but don’t make something more complicated than it has to be.
  5. Is now the right time to buy a forklift? There are many reasons to buy a forklift at the right time, and not all of them have to do with what’s happening at your facility. Pay close attention to market trends, developments in the supply chain, and even changes in government policy (like the tax benefits of capital equipment investments that took effect in 2018).
  6. Should I rent, lease, or buy? Buying brand new isn’t your only option and sometimes, it isn’t the best one. Consider all your options and decide which one is best for you.

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

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, use our contact form seen to the right.

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.

Planned Maintenance: Invest in Your New Forklifts

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When you purchase a planned maintenance plan, you’ll pay a monthly fee to have your forklift serviced at every planned maintenance interval. Replacement parts and additional fixes are not included. … The first cost reduction you’ll see with a maintenance plan will be in downtime.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have even one thing about your job made easy? One area where …

  • You rarely (if ever) encounter unexpected downtime due to a repair emergency.
  • You have the luxury of being able to plan “workarounds” ahead of time because you know well in advance what’s happening and when.
  • You have peace of mind that, should you need a last-minute repair, a dedicated partner will have your back and keep your business moving.

Investing in a maintenance plan can make this dream-like scenario a reality for you in your operation’s equipment maintenance and repairs.

Too often, forklift manufacturers are unable or unwilling to provide the type of care and maintenance that can make fleet management easy. With Toyota, we’re dedicated to being your full-life material handling partner – long after the sale of a new forklift. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering a maintenance plan, like Toyota 360 Support Plus.

What is Planned Maintenance — and How Can It Help You?

A maintenance plan is exactly what it sounds like: a way for you to plan any necessary, routine maintenance when it’s convenient to you and your business.

This affords you the opportunity to run the show on your own timetable — orchestrating maintenance on a tailor-made schedule so you can optimize workload and keep things moving. As an added bonus, having your forklifts regularly serviced also extends the longevity of your equipment and makes the need for unexpected emergency repairs far less likely.

Best of all? Agreeing to a maintenance plan up front can often SAVE you money on the cost of maintenance and repairs you would need to have done anyway — not to mention the cost of downtime you might encounter with a more “reactive” approach to maintenance.

Toyota: Toyota 360 Support Plus and Your PM Program

To us, Toyota 360 Support Plus is more than a maintenance plan. It’s our promise to provide you added peace of mind that your forklifts will maintain the operational efficiency you need to keep a competitive edge.

This means a whole year of planned maintenance. Skilled Toyota Certified Technicians. Toyota Genuine Parts that keep your Toyota running like a Toyota. Four-hour guaranteed response times. An Extra Care Warranty. Optional T-Matics support. All from a full-support forklift supplier with a name you can trust.

Check out our Toyota 360 Support Plus pricing or speak to your local Toyota Forklift dealer for additional information about this industry-leading planned maintenance option.

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

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, use our contact form seen to the right.

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.

Continuous Improvements In Material Handling

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toyota manufacturing continuous improvementContinuous improvement in the field of material handling is critical to our customers, our country’s economy and to all of us personally.

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

Here at Toyota, we strive to stay ahead of the competition while holding strong to our Core Precepts, or general rules that Toyota lives by.

But these precepts are followed by our employees as guiding principles even outside the office — at home, in everyday life. Using Toyota’s precepts, you too can make continuous improvements.

Take a look below at each precept to see how you could use them at home. Continue reading

By | March 4th, 2020|Categories: Business Insight, Forklift, Toyota|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Forklift Support Through Toyota’s 360 Promise

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toyota forklift 360 support trio forkliftHaving Toyota forklift support in addition to the support of your local dealer is just what the doctor ordered for almost any forklift fleet. There are so many times in our lives where having strong allies through challenging times makes all the difference in what outcomes will be.

The cost of a forklift is always more than the dollar amount you pay for it. Service and maintenance … repairs … downtime to complete maintenance and repairs … replacement parts. It all adds up. Continue reading

Why Forklift Modifications Require Approval

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unauthorized unsafe forklift modification repair tech mechanicFrom all corners, we’re told that most forklift modifications require approval. Whether you look to OSHA [The Occupational Safety and Health Administration] here in the US, or in the UK British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), or the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) in the UK caution flags abound.

Between scratches, dents, and replaced parts, forklifts can undergo a lot of changes and repairs throughout its lifetime. It’s also common for customers to want to add additional features to a forklift after it arrives. How do you know for sure if the modification is acceptable or how it will ultimately affect your forklift’s safe operation? Here are a few helpful tips based on common misconceptions to help guide you down the right path. Continue reading

Do You Think You Know the Objectives of the Toyota Production System?

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You’ve probably heard of the Toyota Production System, maybe in a college course you took or while working in the manufacturing or material handling industry.

It’s a tried and true process developed from the philosophy of just-in-time production, an approach solidified by Toyota’s early founders. The Toyota Production System (often referred to as “TPS”) has benefited more than just Toyota’s automobile or material handling manufacturing facilities. TPS has found its way to hospitals to make healthcare safer and more efficient and to manufacturers of products outside of heavy machinery. TPS is world-renowned, and you may wonder how TPS can benefit your own facility.

The success of the Toyota Production System could not be achieved without one of its ultimate objectives: the total elimination of waste. Continue reading

Pump Up Your Efficiencies With An Integrated Fork Scale’s Abilities

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toyota pallet jack with scaleRather than making a stop, unloading, checking a weight, reloading, and getting back on course, the integrated fork scale on your electric walkie streamlines the process and lets you deliver a pallet to its endpoint immediately.

Devising ways to control inventory in a fast-paced warehouse can be a daunting task. Taking into account the velocity of goods, demand for throughput, storage facilities, storage space, and various technological management systems can be overwhelming.

There are myriad of ways to sift through the task of managing inventory. We even published a piece recently that offers several inventory management techniques that you might explore. But when it comes to keeping track of inventory, the workflows are so various and operation-specific that it can be difficult to make broad and sweeping recommendations. Rather than try, I hope to be able to provide one consideration that might help some inventory and warehouse managers eliminate a few steps in their process and streamline material movement – using an electric pallet jack with an integrated fork scale in order to count and manage inventory Continue reading

Your New Forklift and The Toyota 360 Support Promise

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toyota forklift 360 support trio forkliftThe excitement surrounding the acquisition of a new forklift for your operation is something to be celebrated. We at Toyota are equally excited to help you achieve your goals, and that’s why we work hard to manufacture industry-leading forklifts with legendary reliability. But we also recognize that your forklift success is about more than just the occasional acquisition of a new forklift. Instead, you have unique needs, success measurements, and pain points that need to be addressed throughout the entirety of your forklift’s lifetime.

The Toyota 360 Support promise isn’t just an aftermarket tool for purchase. It’s our promise to integrate with your problems and to help you find material handling solutions wherever possible. When you invest in a comprehensive aftermarket services program with Toyota 360 Support, make sure you’re taking full advantage of that promise and challenge us to fulfill it. You can bet we’re up the task. Continue reading

There Are Forklift Parts, and Then They Are Forklift Parts

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quality toyota parts parts personLike any piece of equipment that you operate, forklift parts will need to be replaced throughout the lifetime of your ownership. And parts replacement can get complicated, especially when specific procedures like periodic checks don’t occur or when cheap parts fail, causing downtime.

While we advise that you always use Toyota Genuine Parts for replacement on your Toyota Forklifts, we know that the first step in getting the right forklift replacement parts is having a good understanding of what needs to be replaced. There are many considerations when thinking about replacement parts, the first of which is forklift fuel type.

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