31/12/2013 - 15:01 pm

Toyota Expands 8-Series Lift Truck Line with Clean-Burning 1ZS Engine | Industry News

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. Inc's (TMHU) new 3,000- to 6,500-lb. capacity diesel engine lift trucks feature a Toyota clean-burning engine that meets Tier 4 Final standards, and further expands the company's 8-Series lift truck line.

“Toyota’s new small capacity diesel lift trucks reflect new innovations in product design and fuel efficiency and take lift truck productivity to a whole new level,” said Jeff Rufener, president of TMHU. “Our customers can expect a quality lift truck that exceeds the performance demands of tough workplace environments with the added benefit of achieving up to 25% greater fuel efficiency over previous models.”

Twenty-Five Percent More Fuel Efficient

The small capacity 8-Series line is powered by the 1ZS engine, built by Toyota Industries Corp. and designed for industrial operation. The 1.8-liter, 3-cylinder engine features Controller Area Network (CAN-BUS) technology to deliver improvements over the previous 4-cylinder engine it replaces, and maintains the horsepower and increases the torque of the previous engine, while achieving greater fuel savings. The 1ZS electronic common rail fuel injection system works in conjunction with an intercooled, variable nozzle turbocharger and a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst minimizing emissions and particulate matter to levels, meeting the Tier 4 Final emissions standards.

The new small capacity lift trucks also offer new load sensing power steering, an automatic idle-up system, eco mode, and auto engine off that automatically shuts down the lift truck after after a preset amount of time programmed by the user.

The 8-Series diesel models’ chassis features fully-stamped steel plate side panel construction and a significant reduction in cosmetic sheet metal and plastic. Critical controllers and relays are protected in a sealed box and new water-resistant connectors help guard against damage when working in adverse weather conditions or in corrosive applications.  Rear combination lights are mounted high on the overhead guard for improved protection, and LED lighting is available. In addition, to help protect the engine against heat damage, the 8-Series small capacity diesel line offers a standard engine protection system that automatically reduces the 1Z engine’s output if the coolant temperature rises to potentially damaging levels.

Ergonomic Features

Ergonomic improvements on the new lift truck line include new 12-in. long dual operator assist grips that provide an easy-to-grip hand hold for stability, and optional electronic mini-lever hydraulic controls that can be used along with a three-way adjustable armrest.

Dash-mounted digital displays combined with the low-profile cowl with sloped dashboard provide an unobstructed view of the forktips in any position. Strategic placement of the overhead guard bars provide ideal visibility when positioning forks and handling loads placed high on racking. A wide-view rear overhead guard opening with high-mount rear lights integrated into the overhead guard and low profile LPG tank placement help provide operators the view they require when driving in reverse. In addition, a new improved headlight is available, providing greater visibility for the operator.

Safety Benefits

The 8-Series small capacity lift trucks offer Toyota’s System of Active Stability (SAS), which helps reduce the likelihood of lateral and longitudinal tipovers. When the SAS system detects instability, its advanced sensors simultaneously signal and engage the appropriate controller. The Active Control Rear Stabilizer System and the Active Mast Function Controller System work in conjunction to add truck stability and help reduce the likelihood of a lateral overturn and decrease the chance of spilling a load or tipping the lift truck forward or backward.

Additionally, for added operator safety, a technician- programmable vehicle travel speed control system has been incorporated as standard equipment, which helps regulate the lift truck’s maximum travel speed to ensure proper speeds are maintained in the facility.

The new lift trucks will be manufactured at Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg. Inc., with orders currently being accepted.


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