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Toy­ota launches two new, safer bat­tery fork­lifts

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Toy­ota Ma­te­rial Han­dling Aus­tralia (TMHA) has added two new bat­tery-elec­tric fork­lifts to its 8-Se­ries FB and FBR ranges.

TMHA says the new 8FB four-wheel coun­ter­bal­ance and 8FBR (pic­tured) reach truck ware­house fork­lifts of­fer im­proved ef­fi­ciency, pro­duc­tiv­ity, op­er­abil­ity and safety com­pared with the pre­vi­ous 7-Se­ries mod­els.

There are five 8FB fork­lifts from 1.5-tonne to 3-tonne pay­load and nine 8FBR mod­els from 1-tonne to 2.5-tonne pay­load. Toy­ota’s Sys­tem of Ac­tive Sta­bil­ity (SAS) safety tech­nol­ogy has re­ceived fur­ther up­dates, while the avail­abil­ity of Toy­ota’s I-Site fleet-man­age­ment tool comes as a fac­tory fit­ted op­tion.

Other high­lights in­clude longer bat­tery life, op­er­at­ing times and re­duced elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion to save charg­ing costs, TMHA says. TMHA prod­uct man­ager Glen Ryan says the fork­lift up­grades de­liver ben­e­fits such as im­proved ease of op­er­a­tion and safety, for the cus­tomer and op­er­a­tor.

“All the new mod­els have Auto Turn-speed Con­trol, for greater safety when turn­ing with a load and Anti-roll­back con­trol,” Ryan says.

“Auto Turn-speed Con­trol au­to­mat­i­cally con­trols the op­ti­mum turn­ing speed ac­cord­ing to the lift height, load weight, and turn­ing ra­dius; there­fore, if nec­es­sary, it will slow the fork­lift or reach truck to the ap­pro­pri­ate rate of turn­ing,” Ryan adds.

“The 8FBN now fea­tures Slope-Sens­ing Auto Power Mode which will in­crease the power to climb a ramp.”

The 8FBR range also in­cludes the lat­est it­er­a­tion of Toy­ota’s SAS, known as SAS-R, for sta­ble turn­ing and load-han­dling op­er­a­tions.

“It locks the sus­pen­sion at lift heights over 3m, for op­ti­mum lon­gi­tu­di­nal and lat­eral sta­bil­ity,” Ryan says. “Ad­di­tional key safety fea­tures in­clude an anti-roll­back fea­ture, front-as­sist brakes on the reach trucks for sta­ble brak­ing even if the drive wheels lock up, and trac­tion con­trol for added safety on slip­pery sur­faces.”

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