5-Series Toyota Forklift

Forklift History and Classification

The first seated counterbalance forklift was produced by Clark Material Handling Company in 1918. The forklift was gasoline powered and started by manually cranking the engine. The Tructrator, as it came to be known, was the first vehicle to integrate an engine, frame, transmission, brakes, wheels and a steering system to address material handling jobs. […]

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OSHA Law & Its Intent

As an appointed company trainer or supervisor, you will periodically receive calls or emails regarding job safety. While it’s easy to give a short answer, don’t miss your opportunity to show concern, educate the person asking and dig deeper to learn why the question was asked. “For me, the answer I give is not fully […]

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Damaged Forklift Operator Seats

Can you imagine riding in your car on a torn seat during an 8-hour road trip? When we do not periodically replace damaged forklift operator seats, we are essentially asking the same of our operators – every shift, every day. How does a damaged forklift operator seat affect production? Forklift Operator Ergonomics The loss of the […]

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Overloading a Forklift

Some might say, “If the rear tires of the forklift are on the ground, it can handle the load you are attempting to pick up.” However, this statement is proven untrue with every tip-over. Understanding the basic design of a counterbalance forklift will help increase operator safety. 80/20 Forklift Design Regardless of the forklift manufacturer, […]

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Air Curtains Create Needed Barrier

Air curtains create a laminar airflow that is projected over the opening of a doorway. This “curtain” of air acts as an invisible barrier that won’t let air flow through it. Conditioned air from the inside of the door that would normally escape when the door is opened is instead diverted back inside when it […]

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Why Replace High Speed Doors?

In the manufacturing industry, each minute of production is important to meet customer deadlines. We are also faced with the challenge of staying within budget and providing a safe working environment despite the fast pace. How do our high speed doors meet the challenge? Doors move at a rate up to 8 feet per second Soft […]

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6 Reasons to Upgrade to High Efficiency Lighting

Many companies are discovering their latest budget savings with energy saving products and high efficiency lighting is part of the “Go Green” movement. The product is a benefit to the environment and provides long-term results in decreasing company overhead. High Efficiency Lighting Benefits Energy Savings High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps need temperatures above 500 degrees Fahrenheit […]

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Forklift Mast Assembly Repair and Operator Safety

If a forklift mast has sufficient structural strength to lift a pallet of brick, what could it do to an arm or leg? It can be said an accident with a forklift mast is worse than losing a limb to a guillotine because a guillotine has a sharp edge. A forklift mast assembly can destroy […]

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Top 10 Considerations When Selecting a Forklift Battery Charger

Selecting the best forklift battery charger is critical for maintaining a healthy battery. It’s equally important the forklift battery has enough charge at the start of each work shift, and throughout, to meet the demands of your company’s production schedule. Selecting a Forklift Battery Charger Sourcing Source the forklift battery from the same supplier as […]

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Is Damaged Forklift Paint a Sign of Something More?

What message does this picture of damaged forklift paint convey? Is it “normal” or a sign of a larger problem? If your teenager’s car looked like the forklift in the picture, would you be concerned about his or her safety? Damaged Forklifts Mean Damaged Products Decimated paint tells a truth we cannot ignore. Paint is […]

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Buyer Beware: Used Forklift Reconditioning

Purchasing a used forklift can be intimidating. Ordering new equipment offers security in the condition of the forklift; however, a used forklift doesn’t often come with a detailed history of usage and repairs. How can you ensure your budget dollars go toward a reliable investment? Request a Used Forklift Condition Report Knowing the current status […]

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The Benefits of Aerial Lifts

Aerial lifts can make a difference in your company’s day to day operation. There is a broad spectrum of models with a variety of lift heights suitable for almost any work environment. When choosing an aerial lift, some aspects to consider are indoor vs. outdoor applications, vertical and horizontal reach of platform and lifting capacities. […]