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NSW gin­ning com­pany up­grades to Toy­ota 8FD25 fork­lifts

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Plant & Equipment -

Moree’s North West Gin­ning has added two new ‘cot­ton­spec’ Toy­ota 8FD25 fork­lifts to its fleet in or­der to meet har­vest re­quire­ments.

The New South Wales com­pany has been us­ing Toy­ota fork­lifts for close to a decade and re­cently de­cided to up­grade to the new 8FD25 en­gine-pow­ered coun­ter­bal­ance fork­lifts with ‘cot­ton spec’ ac­ces­sories for use at its gin­ning plant.

North West Gin­ning man­ager Wayne Clis­sold says that the re­li­a­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity of his Toy­ota fork­lifts are crit­i­cal for the com­pany’s suc­cess.

“Af­ter the cot­ton is har­vested the gin­ning process re­moves the dirt and de­bris and sep­a­rates the cot­ton seeds and lint, with the lat­ter packed into large cot­ton bales that we stack and later load onto trucks,” Clis­sold says. “Our Toy­ota fork­lifts can be in ser­vice al­most around the clock dur­ing the har­vest sea­son, which can cover be­tween three and six months of the year.”

North West’s new 8FD25 fork­lifts are fit­ted with cot­ton­op­er­a­tion spe­cific ac­ces­sories for ef­fi­ciency and safety. The 8FD25s have also been fit­ted out with op­er­a­tor side-pro­tec­tion gates, cot­ton bale clamps and cot­ton-in­dus­try spec ra­di­a­tor screen and joy­stick con­trols.

“The fork­lifts of­ten carry four large cot­ton bales at a time, so dual-drive wheels are fit­ted, which is a great fea­ture for us as the wider foot­print of­fers bet­ter sta­bil­ity and bal­ance, es­pe­cially when car­ry­ing mul­ti­ple cot­ton bales, and bet­ter trac­tion on the asphalt,” North West Gin­ning me­chanic Richard Shel­ton says.

“These units were supplied with a Cas­cade quick-re­lease side shift so they can quickly and eas­ily be con­verted back to a con­ven­tional fork­lift setup to han­dle pal­lets when re­quired.

“The joy­stick con­trol is an­other good fea­ture as it pro­vides bet­ter er­gonomics and ease of use for the operators, who are of­ten work­ing long shifts.”

North West Gin­ning man­ager Wayne Clis­sold (left) and me­chanic Richard Skel­ton with a new Toy­ota 8FD25 fork­lift

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