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Small Capacity Lift Truck with Clean-Burning Engine

February 7, 2014
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Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A, Inc. (TMHU), Columbus, Ind., expanded its 8-Series lift truck line with the introduction of a new 3,000- to 6,500-pound capacity Toyota 8 series forkliftdiesel series powered by a clean-burning Toyota engine. The 8-Series small capacity lift trucks offer significant advancements in durability, ergonomics, productivity and fuel efficiency, while meeting stringent federal EPA Tier 4 Final diesel engine standards.

Powering the small capacity 8-Series line is the 1ZS engine, designed for industrial operation and built by Toyota Industries Corp. (TICO). The new 1.8-liter, 3-cylinder engine features the latest electronic fuel injection system with Controller Area Network (CAN-BUS) technology to deliver substantial improvements over the previous 4-cylinder engine it replaces. Thanks to new engineering advancements, Toyota’s 8-Series engine maintains the horsepower and increases the torque, as the previous engine, while achieving greater fuel savings.

To meet today’s emissions requirements, the 1ZS electronic common rail fuel injection system works in conjunction with an intercooled, variable nozzle turbocharger and a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), minimizing emissions and particulate matter to levels meeting the Tier 4 Final emissions standards. The result of these advancements equates to less downtime, lower costs and increased productivity compared to other solutions in use today, such as Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF).

Additional benefits include new load sensing power steering, which is said to provide up to a 25% fuel savings over the previous engine; automatic idle-up system, which allows feathering of the hydraulic lift lever under the loaded condition for fast, efficient and smooth load handling; “Eco” mode, which helps improve truck fuel efficiency over the course of the work day with minimum power reduction; and auto engine off, a programmable Auto Engine Off feature that automatically powers down the lift truck after a user programmable preset amount of time to save both fuel and unnecessary wear and tear.

Rear combination lights are mounted high on the overhead guard for improved protection, and long-life LED lighting is available for added reliability. Dash-mounted digital displays combined with the low-profile cowl with sloped dashboard provide an unobstructed view of the forktips in any position.

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.

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