Toyota's 8-Series large diesel lift truck line offers fuel-saving features

Toyota Material Handling's 8-Series large diesel lift truck line includes 8,000 to 17,500 lb. internal combustion (I.C.) pneumatic tire models and a Toyota-built 3.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine.

Powering the 8-Series is a 3.0-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 74 horsepower and 221 ft-lb of torque. The 1KD is designed to provide the same power as an inline six-cylinder engine, while offering improved fuel economy and meeting EPA’s Tier-4 final diesel regulations. Thanks to a newly designed engine that incorporates a modern common rail fuel injection system combined with an intercooled variable nozzle turbocharger (VNT), the 8-Series large capacity I.C. lift truck models offer quicker throttle response and precise control of the amount of fuel being injected and burned for greater fuel efficiency.

On average, these models are 30 percent more fuel efficient compared to previous Toyota diesel models. This system works in conjunction with a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), minimizing emissions and particulate matter.

Engineers also integrated three additional fuel-saving features, including:

  • A standard Load Sensing Power Steering system
  • An Economy or “Eco” Mode to help improve truck run time over the course of the work day
  • A programmable Auto Engine Off feature. This is similar to the Auto Shut-Off system associated with electric lift truck models. The Auto Engine Off automatically powers down the lift truck after a preset amount of time.

The 8-Series large capacity I.C. lift trucks offer Toyota’s System of Active Stability (SAS), which helps reduce the likelihood of lateral and longitudinal tipovers. When the SAS system detects instability, its advanced sensors simultaneously signal and engage the appropriate controller. The Active Control Rear Stabilizer System and the Active Mast Function Controller System work in conjunction to add truck stability and help reduce the likelihood of a lateral overturn and decrease the chance of spilling a load or tipping the lift truck forward or backward.

For added operator safety, a vehicle travel speed control system has been incorporated, which helps regulate the lift truck’s maximum travel speed to meet a wide range of operator skill levels. To provide optimal visibility while the operator is traveling in reverse, high mount rear lights are integrated into the overhead guard out of the operator’s view and an optional rear pillar assist grip with horn button is offered to provide proper hand placement and comfort.

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