Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU), Columbus, Ind., launched its new 8-Series Electric Stand-Up Rider Counterbalance forklifts. Available in 3,000- to Toyota standup rider truck inbody4,000-pound lifting capacities, the new line is exceptionally rugged and durable, providing technological and ergonomic enhancements that improve performance and increase operator comfort.

The new 8-Series Electric Stand-Up Rider features Toyota’s innovative AC technology, resulting in better travel speeds, consistency in performance throughout the battery charge and reduced maintenance costs. The forklifts are ideal for use in general warehouse and storage operations and all operations needing a dock-to-stock solution for multi-tasking functions and constant loading and unloading.

Dual steer tires improve weight distribution to reduce tire loading pressure by approximately 30%. Moisture-resistant electrical connections work to protect the Stand-Up Rider against water intrusion and corrosion. Large diameter drive tires enable the forklift to withstand continuous impact between dock plates. A cornering speed control system works to automatically slow the forklift’s travel speed while helping prevent damage to loads. In addition, the 8-Series Stand-Up Rider’s mast tilt centering option conveniently levels the forks parallel to the ground from both the back tilt and front tilt positions. An optional 16.5-inch battery compartment is offered on the 3,000- and 3,500-pound models to increase maneuverability in tight, confined work areas.

The new model also includes a shock dampening, isolated compartment floor and thicker floor mat with a universal low-effort brake pedal to reduce strain on the operator’s ankles, knees, hips and lower back. The new Stand-Up Rider also features a redesigned contoured, cushioned padded backrest and armrest with a new larger elbow pad for operator comfort. For tall operators, an optional extended backrest adds 10 inches of additional support. Engineers also integrated a new single-axis, intuitively mapped, multifunctional control handle to allow one-handed operation of all hydraulic functions. Detailed features include an integrated clipboard, amenity tray and cup holder for easy-to-reach mobile workstation.

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