At the Heart of the Top Rated Forklifts


Toyota’s 4Y engine is a purpose built powerplant for Toyota forklifts.  It’s not an engine adapted from some other machinery to cut on development and production costs.  It’s also not produced by some other manufacturer, so you know you’ll be getting Toyota dependability with it.  Inside Toyota’s Core Internal Combustion forklifts is one of the industry’s most durable, longest lasting forklift engines.  Imagine 30,000 hours without need for a major overhaul, it’s not uncommon.  We’re familiar with 4Y engines that have worked over 70,000 hours.  It is as fuel efficient and environmentally clean as it is capable in extreme hot, cold, dry and wet conditions.

Between the quality, reliability, longevity, low cost of ownership, and efficiency – Toyota forklifts have been bringing great value to the material handling marketplace in the United States since 1967.  Building forklifts in Columbus, Indiana since 1990, Toyota continues to bring safety and efficiency improvements to the workplace.

Forklift Decisions: (Part 1) What Capacity Do I Need?

First, ask yourself these questions:
How heavy is my typical load?
How high do I need to lift my loads?
How wide is my common aisle space?
How many hours will my forklift be used per day / per week?
Will my forklift be used indoors or outdoors?

What is Forklift Capacity and how is it measured?
Forklift capacity is the measurement of how much weight a particular forklift can lift. Lower capacities begin around 3,000 lbs. and can go up to over 50,000 lbs.

What is a Load Center?
A load center is the horizontal distance from the front, vertical face of the forks to the center of gravity of the load. It constitutes the standard, or base, for rating the load capacity of the forklift. The main standards organization, Industrial Standard Design Foundation (ITSDF), places the load center at 24 inches on most forklifts.
Before you begin your research, know the dimensions and the weight of your typical loads. Determine if your loads are typically the same size or if they vary. If your load sizes fluctuate, make sure you know the weight of your heaviest load.
If you have a racking system and loads are consistently being raised and lowered, then height is a major factor. Are loads lifted to a variety of heights? If so, use the maximum height when determining what forklift you need.
Knowing your needs is vital when working with your salesperson. They will be able to determine which forklift capacity best fits your application. For more information, contact us at NORLIFT.



Mousetrap deaths are now the top workplace killer, and the easiest way to avoid them is to always wear your seatbelt while operating a forklift.  OSHA confirms that tipping accidents are the leading cause of fatal accidents in the workplace.  In most fatal forklift accidents, the operator is “mousetrapped’ between the ground and the lift truck while trying to flee the tipping vehicle.  Remember, if your lift truck should begin to tip, hold on with both hands, brace yourself with your legs and lean away from the direction you are tipping.

For more information, visit Mitsubishi Forklift Briefing.

Make sure your workers always wear an operator restraint or seatbelt at all times – challenge those who do not.
Invest in driver training – and refresher courses – ensuring a safer workplace.