08/04/2014 - 15:24 pm

Toyota Expands 8-Series Line with New Stand-Up Rider Forklift | Industry News

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU)  has launched new 8-Series Electric Stand-Up Rider Counterbalance forklifts, available in 3,000 to 4,000 lb. lifting capacities. The new forklift series are suitable for use in general warehouse and storage operations, automotive and general manufacturing, and all operations needing a dock-to-stock solution for multi-tasking functions and constant on and off for loading and unloading.

 “With the latest in AC technology and advanced ergonomics, the new 8-Series Electric Stand-Up Rider provides superior value with outstanding performance, productivity and operator comfort," said Cesar Jimenez, national product planning and training manager.

AC powered system
The 8-Series Electric Stand-Up Rider operates using Toyota’s AC drive and lift system, designed to conserve or regenerate power, maximizing performance efficiency between battery charges. The AC-powered system delivers quicker acceleration and higher top speeds compared to the company’s previous Stand-Up Rider models, while also offering precise pallet retrieval and positioning control. In addition, the AC motor contains no brushes, springs, commutator, or wearable parts to inspect or replace, reducing maintenance costs and forklift downtime.

Durable design
Dual steer tires improve weight distribution to reduce tire loading pressure by approximately 30% and help provide longer tire life.  Moisture-resistant electrical connections work to protect the Stand-Up Rider against water intrusion and corrosion. Large diameter drive tires enable the forklift to withstand continuous impact between dock plates. A cornering speed control system works to automatically slow the forklift’s travel speed while turning helping prevent damage to loads. 

In addition, the 8-Series Stand-Up Rider’s mast tilt centering option conveniently levels the forks parallel to the ground from both the back tilt and front tilt positions. An optional 16.5-in. battery compartment is offered on the 3,000 and 3,500 lb. models to increase maneuverability in tight, confined work areas.

Ergonomic features
The new model includes a shock dampening, isolated compartment floor and thicker floor mat with a universal low-effort brake pedal to reduce strain on the operator’s ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. It also features a redesigned contoured, cushioned padded backrest and armrest with a new larger elbow pad for operator comfort.  For tall operators an optional extended backrest adds 10 ins. of additional support. Engineers also integrated a new single-axis, intuitively mapped multifunctional control handle to allow one-handed operation of all hydraulic functions. Detailed features such as an integrated clipboard, amenity tray and cup holder also provide a convenient, easy-to-reach mobile workstation.

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