Toy­ota fork­lift fleet grows

8FG25 and 8FBN25 fork­lifts are the lat­est ad­di­tions to this WA com­pany’s Toy­ota stock

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West Aus­tralian freight com­pany Esper­ance Freight Lines has re-equipped its Perth de­pot with six 2.5-tonne pay­load Toy­ota 8FG25 com­bus­tion coun­ter­bal­anced fork­lifts and a Toy­ota 8FBN25 bat­tery-elec­tric fork­lift.

Toy­ota Ma­te­rial Han­dling Aus­tralia says this order means Esper­ance Freight Lines has bought 22 Toy­ota fork­lifts in the last three years for its de­pots in Esper­ance, Ger­ald­ton and Kal­go­or­lie. Pre­vi­ous or­ders in­cluded 2.5-tonne and 3-tonne pay­load in­ter­nal com­bus­tion trucks, and an 8FBN25 bat­tery-elec­tric fork­lift.

EFL man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Hard­ing says his fa­ther John Hard­ing founded the com­pany 25 years ago and its first Toy­ota fork­lift pur­chase would date from that time.

“The Toy­otas are good and re­li­able fork­lifts,” he says.

“I’m a hands-on per­son and the most im­por­tant pur­chase fac­tors for me are that the fork­lifts are eco­nom­i­cal and the op­er­a­tors like us­ing them. That is a good mea­sure of their op­er­abil­ity and means fewer has­sles in day-to-day us­age.” TMHA WA ma­jor ac­counts man­ager Rus­sell Dick­son says the EFL order was won in a highly com­pet­i­tive ten­der process.

“Ma­chine re­li­a­bil­ity, high lev­els of op­er­a­tor com­fort and lower costs to main­tain the fleet were key fac­tors in Toy­ota win­ning the order for the lat­est seven ma­chines,” he says.

Dick­son says Esper­ance Freight Lines’ first Toy­ota pur­chases would have been through LiftRite Toy­ota, be­fore the fac­tory-owned com­pany Toy­ota Ma­te­rial Han­dling Aus­tralia was formed in 2005 to sell and sup­port Toy­ota, BT Lift Truck and Ray­mond ma­te­ri­al­han­dling prod­ucts na­tion­ally.

He says Toy­ota’s 2.5-tonne pay­load 8FG25 is one of the top-sell­ing coun­ter­bal­ance fork­lifts in Aus­tralia and is widely used in the trans­port in­dus­try.

The 8-Se­ries Toy­ota fork­lifts have a num­ber of lead­ing safety fea­tures, in­clud­ing Toy­ota’s sys­tem of ac­tive sta­bil­ity (SAS) tech­nol­ogy that helps pre­vent tip-overs; an op­er­a­tor pres­ence sens­ing sys­tem that stops the fork­lift from mov­ing un­less the op­er­a­tor is cor­rectly seated at the con­trols; and an ac­tive mast func­tion con­troller that can sense in­sta­bil­ity, thereby lim­it­ing the mast an­gle and speed ac­cord­ing to the height and weight of the load. Other fea­tures in­clude a large, eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble workspace with a wide foot area, a tight turn­ing cir­cle, er­gonom­i­cally de­signed con­trols, and ex­cel­lent for­ward vis­i­bil­ity.

In terms of per­for­mance, the 8FG25’s 2237cc 4Y petrol en­gine pro­vides fuel econ­omy with min­i­mum main­te­nance and low noise lev­els, while hy­draulic lifters help lower en­gine noise and re­duce main­te­nance.

An op­tional max­i­mum travel speed can be set for bet­ter per­for­mance, as well as se­cu­rity, while train­ing new em­ploy­ees.

One of Esper­ance Freight Lines’ Toy­ota 8FG25 fork­lifts

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