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Announcer: Working outdoors means heavy loads, unpredictable weather and, occasionally, uneven, difficult-to-maneuver surfaces. There’s no doubt about it. Outdoor work can be tough for some forklifts, but not for the Toyota Mid IC Pneumatic. These forklifts are up for the challenge and ready to deliver, shift after shift.
The Toyota Mid IC Pneumatic has the ability to lift up to a hefty 11,000 pounds, so you can handle the weight of your building materials such as lumber or stone, and it moves quickly, with a top speed of 13.7 miles per hour. When you work with a Mid IC Pneumatic, you’ll be able to move more faster than you ever could before.
Speed and strength aren’t the only things the Mid IC Pneumatic has to offer. This machine is the picture of quality, durability, reliability and value. With 20 percent more fuel efficiency when running with gas and 30 percent more fuel efficiency when using diesel, the Mid IC Pneumatic is economical compared to the previous model.
The rugged outdoors is no match for the durability of the Mid IC Pneumatic, from the pneumatic tires to the steel guard rail, this forklift is built to take on your toughest jobs. Unique features like moisture-resistant electric connectors and an engine protection system have been added to the Mid IC Pneumatic to take durability to a new level from the inside out. In fact, the Mid IC Pneumatic is so durable and reliable that you’ll see up-time like you’ve never experienced before when you add it to your fleet.
Your needs aren’t standard, so we don’t expect your forklift to be. That’s the reason the Toyota Mid IC Pneumatic has dozens of available options to customize for your specific needs. You make the decision. Should your Mid IC Pneumatic Forklift run on gas, LP or diesel fuel? Should we add mini lever controls for easier fork maneuvering? Or, would you prefer to add a cabin to make the cold days working outdoors more bearable? Whatever you choose, Toyota can make it happen with a Toyota special design request and, from start to finish, your forklift will be built in the world-renowned Toyota Production System, known for extreme attention to detail and a philosophy of continuous improvement.
For your mid-sized outdoor material-handling applications, the Toyota Mid IC Pneumatic will become one of your most trusted tools. To learn more about Toyota forklifts and how they can help your business, visit Toyotaforklift.com or your local Toyota Forklift dealer.
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Announcer: Forklifts come in all shapes and sizes. They have special tires for certain applications, and they have specific engines and motors powered by different fuel sources. It can sometimes be a challenge to figure out what’s best for your particular situation. Here’s a quick guide.
If you intend to operate primarily indoors, you are looking for a cushion tire forklift. If you intend to operate primarily outdoors, you are most likely interested in a pneumatic tire forklift.
If you are worried about noise, fumes, or physical size, you most likely want to look into electric forklift options. If you need raw power and ruggedness, internal combustion, or an IC forklift is probably the answer.
If you decide an IC forklift is right for you, the next step is deciding on the fuel source. The most common IC fuel choices are, liquefied petroleum, or LP, which is commonly referred to simply as propane, diesel, compressed natural gas or CNG, and gasoline.
LP is typically cleaner than gas, and serves as a convenient fuel source. Many LP tanks can last about eight hours. LP IC-powered forklifts typically lift between 3,000 and 17,500 pounds, but certain LP-powered models can reach a 36,000 pound maximum lift capacity. LP-powered forklifts are a common indoor IC option.
The Toyota IC forklift line starts offering the diesel fuel option on forklifts with 3,000 pound capacity lifts, but diesel power starts to gain popularity at 5,000 pound capacities and above. For forklifts lifting 36,000 pounds or more, diesel is the only fuel option. Similar to tractor trailers that run on diesel, diesel-powered forklifts are larger, heavier forklifts, and often run more efficiently.
Due to fumes, diesel forklifts are for outdoor use only, and are most commonly found in brick, block, mortar, lumber, and oil applications. Although, similar to gas, if diesel fuel is readily available at a certain application site, choosing a diesel-powered forklift might be the most economical option.
CNG-powered forklifts tend to be even more environmentally friendly than LP models, but these models are a bit more expensive upfront. The gas itself, however, tends to be less expensive than propane. CNG is an emerging fuel source for forklifts and is becoming more and more popular, particularly for small, indoor applications, where emission considerations are important.
Gasoline is often the choice for applications where a gas pump is already available at the work-site. For instance, construction yards, farms, orchards, and 3PLs. Gasoline-powered forklifts tend to be used primarily outdoors, and lift to higher capacities.
To many, a forklift is a forklift, but when you dig a little deeper you’ll discover a number of options available. When deciding which forklift is best for your application, is best to consult a professional and discuss all the possible uses.
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Announcer: Operating in the lumber industry means managing several inherent challenges. The supply chain, for instance, is much more difficult because of the sheer size and weight of the product. In most cases, the product first goes to a mill where the lumber is prepped and cut, and then either shipped to store fronts for retail or to a lumber yard for storage. All in all, the lumber industry translates into extremely heavy loads, unique product bundling and, usually, outdoor operations in potentially harsh conditions.
Toyota provides some of the most durable, reliable and efficient internal combustion pneumatic tire forklifts to operate in harsh conditions while handling heavy loads. Toyota’s THD line of high capacity IC pneumatic forklifts can lift up to 125,000 pounds and are most commonly found on the front end of the lumber supply chain, working in the woods to load cut trees onto a flatbed truck and unload them at the mill or at docks for water transport.
Toyota’s large IC pneumatic forklift handles loads between 13,500 and 17,500 pounds, and often comes with dual front tires and a large rear counterweight for added stability during high capacity operations. This model is commonly found operating at lumber mills and yards, and depending on the need, in retail applications.
Despite their size and strength, Toyota internal combustion pneumatic tire forklifts are still operator friendly, with comfortable steering wheels, load sensing power steering, cowl mount hydraulic control levers, four-way adjustable vinyl full suspension seats, and other ergonomic feature. With the added bonus of quick lifting speeds and superior fuel efficiency, the Toyota IC Pneumatics are workhorses that will keep you and your business moving in the right direction day after day.
Should you want to maintain an all-electric fleet, but need a rugged outdoor solution to meet your application, the Toyota 80 Volt Electric Pneumatic forklift is the answer for your lumber yard or retail store front. Toyota’s electric pneumatic forklifts have the capacity to lift up to 7,000 pounds, with electric technology that will keep your emission levels at zero. Competitive with many internal combustion powered counterparts, the Toyota 80 volt electric pneumatic is a powerful eco-friendly solution to handle lumber yard and other rugged, traditionally internal combustion, applications.
For inclement weather and operator comfort, Toyota’s THD high capacity IC models come standard with enclosed operator cabins. The large IC pneumatic and 80 volt electric pneumatic models offer multiple operator cabins as factory options. To learn more about Toyota’s line of IC and electric pneumatic forklifts visit toyotaforklift.com or contact your local Toyota forklift dealer.
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Announcer: Think big and tough. And then think bigger and tougher. That’s the Toyota High-Capacity Diesel, the THD, with the ability to maneuver up to 72,000 pounds. There’s a new sheriff in town and he is massive. You can’t work with just any forklift in the lumber, oil and gas, and forging industries. It takes a workhorse built with durability and relentless strength at the forefront of the design. It takes Toyota’s THD, powered with a six-cylinder, high-horsepower Cummins engine, built to deliver the performance needed for your big loads.
Your application may be tough, but the Toyota THD is tougher. It’s complete with a level of durability that is simply unmatched. The transmission with three forward, and three reverse speeds comes standard with built-in protection for the most-rugged applications. An engine protection system, a rigid welded frame, and force-cooled wet disc brakes, mean you’ll see your up-time increase and your productivity soar.
Maintenance is made simple with an onboard, hydraulic multi-gauge, a tool-free measure to quickly check the operating pressures of the hydraulic system, and a customized vehicle management system with onboard, electronic diagnostics provides warning and internal diagnostic messages of all kinds, keeping you constantly in the know about how the THD is performing.
Though the THD is large, operating it is easier than you might think. Advanced ergonomics, including a standard, enclosed operator cabin, fingertip controls, a two-stage, wide-view mast, and a low-profile counterweight make the THD easy to maneuver and keep you comfortable while you work.
Stop wondering whether or not your equipment is strong enough, durable enough, or reliable enough, because Toyota pulled out all the stops for the THD. It’s built in the U.S.A., with the highest-quality components designed to exceed your expectations, so you’ll be confident each and every time you take the wheel. To add the Toyota THD to your fleet, visit Toyotaforklift.com and find your local Toyota Forklift dealer.
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I personally think forks are the unsung heroes of any lift truck. Think about it; forklift forks are what help keep our businesses up and running, they what we depend on to get our products from point a to point b on time, and we expect them to get our products there in perfect condition. Since we rely on our forks so much then we need to be sure we are using the right type and then maintaining and replacing them to keep our material handling process in tip-top shape.
Your forklift dealer can provide an assessment visit to help determine the best type of forks for your products and facility. They will check the product type, packaging, boxing, palatalizing, and movement process to suggest the right fork for the job. A good assessment will include a full plan from point a to z of your entire facility as well as several options for fork and safety accessories.
Most people assume there is only one type of fork that comes on a lift truck. Not True. There are many different types, widths, and uses available to tailor and interchange to your particular needs.
Pin type forks and Hook type forks:
- Pin type forks fit onto the forklift carriage by use of a pin or shaft, which locks the fork onto the carriage of the forklift. Some pin type forks are telescopic, meaning they can be extended to various lengths and locked into place using the pin.
- Hook type forks bend over then lock onto the fork’s carriage bar. Both hooks must slip into the end of the carriage bar in order to make a proper fit.
- Standard forks are tapered, which helps the end of the fork fit into the pallet slots.
- Blunt Ended forks are used to deter punctures of loads.
- Specialty Coatings are available to further tailor your lift to any product handling need.
Types Of Forks
- Standard ITA Forks – The most common, but even standard forks come in different lengths, widths, depths, and capacities. It’s important to know your vehicle’s capacity before installing new standard ITA forks.
- Folding Forks — These forks are hinged so they can fold up to allow the vehicle to maneuver in tight spaces.
- Block Forks – Specially designed to accommodate the safe handling of bricks and construction blocks.
- Carpet Poles – Single extended poles that are used to lift heavy carpet rolls.
- Fork Extensions – Fit onto to standard forks to extend their length for handling longer loads.
- Shaft Forks – These are used to suit all pin type carriages.
- Non-Current Forks – Forks to fit older vehicles that don’t use standard ITA forks.
- Lumber and Plywood Forks – Feature a forged heel, square heel, single taper or double taper.
- Spark Retardant Forks – Made from non-sparking materials for use in hazardous locations and atmospheres, such as those with combustible gasses of materials.
- Tire and Barrel Forks – Feature semi-circular cutouts mid-fork to accommodate the lifting of barrels, drums, and tires.
- Coil Handling Forks – Feature a contoured blade to lift handle coils. Warning: The capacity may be reduced depending on the size of the contour.
Once you have found your perfect forks your investment protection begins. Good maintenance will extend the life and usability of the forks and your truck. Some obvious things you can do to help maintain your forks are not dragging the bottom of your forks while in motion, avoiding collisions, picking up loads that are too far out on the forks, and picking up loads that are over the lifts capacity. The biggest thing you can do to help maintain your forks is to check your tire wear and chain adjustment! I know crazy, right? Forks should be kept ½” off the ground and as your tires wear the height of your forklift is reduced; resulting in fork drag and dings. Once you have determined that your tire wear is causing lowered forks then adjust your chain to maintain the proper height. Forks should also be inspected at least once a year (single-shift operation, and more frequently in severe applications) for wear and distortion.
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The best method to check you fork wear is to use a fork caliper, which is a type of adjustable go/no-go gauge. Each fork consists of two sections: the shank, which is the vertical part attached to the carriage, and the blade, which is the portion that picks up the load. Set the front teeth of the jaws by measuring the thickness of the shank (in an area of little or no wear) ensuring that the caliper is held square across the shank. Remove the caliper from the shank, maintaining the measurement you just took, and position the jaws over the fork arm blade approximately 2 inches out from the heel. If the inside teeth of the caliper hit the fork blade it has less than 10% wear and can be returned to service. If the inside teeth pass freely over the blade the fork has 10% wear. Remove fork from service.
Did you know that 10% wear on your forks (within two inches of the heel) equals a 20% reduction in your lift capacity? Once your forks have lost ten percent of their thickness near the heel then it is time to replace them. This isn’t something that can wait and should be done immediately. Failing to change out your worn forks can result in forklift damage, product damage, building damage, and even injury to your personnel. ANSI/ITSDF B56.1 and B56.6 Safety Standards state that forks meeting the 10% wear should be permanently removed from service.
OSHA recommends that forks with surface cracks, blade or shank are not straight, angle from blade to shank is not straight, difference in height of fork tips, positioning lock not in working order, fork hooks wear, fork marking not legible all be removed from service and either be discarded or repaired. If you repair your forks please be aware of OSHA standard 1910.178(q)(5). Also, be aware of OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.178(a)(4) Modifications and additions, such as trailer balls, which affect capacity and safe operation shall not be performed by the customer or user without manufacturers prior written approval. Capacity, operation, and maintenance instruction plates, tags, or decals shall be changed accordingly. Each individual fine can reach up to $7,000. Read more about OSHA regulations here
Researching, purchasing, and then maintaining your forks is just another savvy way to protect your business, its assets, and profits. You, being the smart fork truck owner that you are, are the key to demonstrating good fork inspection, maintenance, and replacement. Take care of your lift truck heroes and they will take care of you.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is now accepting applications for the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) Rebate Grants Program on a first-come, first-served basis. The Rebate Grants Program is limited to the upgrade or replacement of diesel on-road heavy duty vehicles and select non-road equipment. On-road vehicles must have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 8,500 pounds. Non-road equipment must be equipped with at least a 25 horsepower engine.
Tables with pre-approved maximum rebate grant amounts for eligible on-road and non-road replacement and repower projects are provided to applicants in the Request for Grant Applications (RFGA). The tables list the on-road vehicle weight categories and model years and the non-road equipment types, horsepower ranges, and model years eligible for funding.
Grant-funded vehicles and equipment must be operated at least 75% of their annual usage within the following eligible counties: Bastrop, Bexar, Brazoria, Caldwell, Chambers, Collin, Comal, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Ellis, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gregg, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hood, Hunt, Jefferson, Johnson, Kaufman, Liberty, Montgomery, Nueces, Orange, Parker, Rockwall, Rusk, San Patricio, Smith, Tarrant, Travis, Upshur, Victoria, Waller, Williamson, Wilson, and Wise.
A portion of the funding allocated to this program will be set aside for applications from applicants that qualify as a small business, as defined in the TERP Guidelines. Small businesses are encouraged to apply under this program.
Applications will be accepted for consideration during this grant period on a first-come, first-served basis at the front desk, Rm. 1301, 1st floor of Building F on the premises of the TCEQ, no later than 5:00 p.m., Central Time, on May 26, 2017.
Copies of the RFGA, rebate tables, and application forms are available on the Rebate Grants Program web page. Contact TERP Staff toll-free at 800-919-TERP (8377) with questions regarding the grant application process, and to request copies of the grant documents via USPS.
PLEASE NOTE: The Rebate Grants application forms and rebate tables have been changed from the draft versions released for 30-day review. You must use the final application forms and refer to the final rebate tables to determine the eligible funding amounts.