Toyota's 8-Series lift trucks are environmentally friendly

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. Inc. unveils its line of 8-Series lift trucks, which includes 3,000-6,500 pound, internal combustion cushion and pneumatic tire models. The 8-Series lift truck is the world’s cleanest internal-combustion lift truck available, exceeding 2007 federal EPA emission standards. Toyota's 4Y engine features a closed-loop fuel system design that automatically adjusts and optimizes the air-fuel mixture ratio. This system works in conjunction with a three-way catalytic muffler, minimizing emissions such as hydrocarbons, oxides of nitrogen and carbon monoxide. All Toyota 8-Series gasoline, LPG and CNG configured models will produce 70% less smog-forming emissions than the 2007 federal EPA standards. This emission system also meets the 2010 California Air Resource Board emission standards.
 
The fully redesigned chassis features a reduction in cosmetic sheet metal and plastic. This, combined with a durable engine hood and stamped-steel side panels, allows the 8-Series to withstand harsh working environments. The new model lineup features a unique electrical system, which incorporates weatherproof connectors and a sealed box that isolates critical controllers and relays from pressure washing, adverse weather conditions and corrosive applications. An improved cooling-system layout provides optimal airflow through the radiator and counterweight, reducing the likelihood of overheating and extending the overall life of critical engine and hydraulic system components. A fully sealed air-intake system is located high on the overhead guard pillar, keeping low lying dust and debris from entering the intake system. A variety of new application-specific options provide end users the highest levels of durability and reliability. Toyota’s new Intelli-Shift option helps protect critical drive-train components from abusive full-speed directional shift changes by allowing them only at programmable speeds. For high-cycle, short-run applications, a new optional wet-brake system provides long life while reducing heat build-up, dust intrusion and brake noise. By integrating a dash-mounted digital display, a low profile cowl and a repositioned lower mast cross-member, the 8-Series has been able to achieve industry leading fork tip visibility. The wide-view mast, angled overhead guard bars and ergonomically designed operator assist grips give the 8-Series exceptional forward and upward visibility.

The 8-Series includes a variety of new features. Operators will notice improvements in floor space and overall legroom. These enhancements, combined with a larger entry step and a curvilinear overhead guard, significantly reduce the operator’s effort during entry and exit. Non-cinching seat belts have been integrated as standard equipment on the 8-Series, which improves operators’ comfort by preventing the seat belt from ratcheting down on the operator’s waist, particularly during reverse travel. Its smaller steering wheel requires less effort and reduces shoulder strain. Toyota also incorporated several optional features to enhance the ergonomics of the 8-Series, including a swivel seat, mini-lever and joystick hydraulic controls with Ergo-Shift and a rear assist grip with horn button. Toyota’s exclusive synchronized steering option enhances operator comfort by automatically correcting misalignment between the angle of the steering wheel and turn angle of the steer tires. This maintains consistent steering wheel position for improved hand placement during operation. Like its predecessor, the 8-Series continues to offer Toyota’s exclusive System of Active Stability. The Toyota designed and manufactured gas and diesel engines, the 4Y and 1DZ-II, are capable of exceeding performance demands in tough workplace environment.

Load handling is secured with Toyota’s travel speed/acceleration control system option, which utilizes a number of controls to enhance material handling performance and efficiency. The 8-Series offers several options, including an integral sideshifter, which improves load capacity retention and forward visibility. With the optional multifunction digital display, the 8-Series lift truck performs self diagnostics through a built-in analyzer, which eliminates the need for a hand-held unit. When the truck is in analyzer mode, it displays the status of the electrical system and allows instantaneous access to information detected by the controller, reducing down time. The 8-Series also features a programmable planned-maintenance hour meter that notifies operators of the need for routine maintenance and service via the digital display monitor. Routine maintenance areas are easily accessible with features such as the one-touch fuel-tank bracket and the no-tool floorboard that lifts out in seconds to expedite daily operator checks. Unlike many of today’s lift truck designs, the 8-Series hydraulic filter is located outside of the hydraulic tank, ensuring easier service and replacement during recommended service intervals.

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