10/01/2012 - 04:00 am

Toyota 8-Series Lift Trucks Rate High in Third-Party Test

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU), Irvine, Calif., announced its 8-Series I.C. cushion 5,000-pound capacity lift trucks ranked highest in performance, fuel efficiency and productivity in third party testing by independent testing organization USAC Properties, Inc.

Toyota’s 8-Series lift truck outperformed its competition, which consisted of equivalently equipped 5,000-pound capacity internal combustion models from Caterpillar, Nissan and Yale. Toyota outpaced the competition by as much as 28 percent in performance; 22 percent in fuel efficiency; and 9 percent in productivity, measuring Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) run time per tank, fuel consumption and cycles per day.

USAC Properties conducted all testing on the I.C. lift trucks at a warehouse facility on a carefully designed course to simulate a demanding high-cycle warehouse application. The tests included typical lift truck operations such as loaded and unloaded travel, turning, braking and the lifting and lowering of a 3,652 pound load. Specific care was taken to neutralize the effects of operator skill level on the outcome. Three different certified lift truck operators repeated the test, which consisted of 30 cycles, on each of the trucks, with consistent and repeatable results.

Specific data collected throughout the duration of testing was compiled and analyzed to determine the final fuel efficiency and performance rankings for each of the four lift trucks tested. Toyota’s lift truck had the highest performance, fuel efficiency and productivity when measuring run time per LPG tank, fuel consumption and cycles per day.

Detailed results are available at www.toyotaforklift.com.

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