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Toyota launches two new, safer battery forklifts
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.”