Saturday, June 09, 2018

Toyota Forklift Model Numbers - How to Read

I’ve visited plenty of customers who call their Toyota forklift a nickname like “Big Orange” or “The Boss” to be able to easily identify it from other forklifts in their fleet. These nicknames are great when communicating internally, but knowing and understanding your forklift’s model number will help you communicate more effectively with people externally, like your Toyota dealer or other company locations. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple way to help you understand those seemingly complicated Toyota model numbers?

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Well look no further, because here’s your comprehensive guide to Toyota Forklift Model Numbers!

As with most products, Toyota model numbers are a combination of letters and numbers with each one having its own meaning. Once you understand the general sequence and meaning of each of these characters, you’ll be able to identify “Big Orange” as a THD2200-24 with pneumatic tires and 22,000 lbs capacity at a 24” load center.

How to Read Toyota Forklift Model Numbers up to 17,500 lbs.


There are two general model number formats for Toyota forklifts which are split up based on forklift capacity. The first format covers models with base capacities up to 17,500 lbs.

How to Read Toyota Forklift Model Numbers up to 17,500 lbs.

*Rated capacities should always be checked on the forklift data plate, which will be specific to your forklift’s configuration

As you can see in the diagram above, most models begin with a number signifying which model series it belongs to. For example, an “8” means that this forklift is an “8-series” model. Since model numbers are sequential, a higher number generally translates to a newer model.

The model series is followed by a series of letters, the first of which designates the category of the industrial vehicle. A “B” after the model series designator indicates the forklift has baselegs, which is commonly seen in model numbers for reach trucks and walkie stackers. The remaining explanations are pretty self-explanatory.

The third character in the model number indicates the type of drive or fuel type:
  • "G" indicates it is powered by a form of gasoline.
  • "D" stands for diesel powered.
  • "B" stands for battery powered.
  • On Class III products, a "W" in this position indicates that the forklift is a walk-behind unit.
  • For Class I products, an "N" designates that the forklift has a narrow chassis, which commonly indicates that the product is a stand-up, counterbalanced model.

The next character indicates a unique construction and is not present on all models. A model with cushion tires has a “C” in this position, and the lack of a letter “C” means that the forklift has pneumatic tires.

One tricky character here can be the letter “E”, which can mean the truck is a 3-wheel electric or an end control rider model. The difference is easily distinguishable by looking at the entire model number. Any model with an “F” in it is a forklift and any with an “H” are hand operated. So an “8FBE15U” is a 3-wheel electric model and an “8HBE30” is an end controlled rider. Three-wheel electric models also have optional pneumatic tires, so you can’t rely on the model number alone to determine tire type in this case.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Used Toyota Forklifts in Illinois - Finding the Best Deals

In Chicago as well as the neighboring cities throughout Illinois, there is no shortage of industrial parks that have a veritable storehouse of forklifts, both used and new. If you are looking for a great bargain on your next purchase of used forklifts in Illinois, then you should start the process by making a list of all the various features that you would prefer to see. Safety should always come first, so once you have then made a list of features and accessories in the vehicle, it’s important to compare safety records of different models and make sure that everything is working smoothly.

Used Toyota Forklifts

Some will be sold by the owner directly, while others will be offered for sale from different types of vendors. These will fall into two main categories, those that were on a lease that has expired, and those that are being sold by the owner after a set period.

Used Toyota Forklifts in Illinois

The average shelf life of those that are offered for sale by the owner is approximately eight to ten years, whereas those that are on leases usually have only been used for two or three years for one specific contracting job. Because the leased models have less wear and tear, they might cost a bit more, which is something to consider if you are trying to find the very best deals.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Toyota Forklift Dealers - Staying up to Standards

One of the larger benefits from purchasing lifting equipment from a big name such as those at the Toyota forklift dealers, is that you can be sure that you are buying something that is up to the latest government standards. That is true not only in terms of safety regulations, but also for environmental standards. For example, Toyota is one of the current leaders in producing machinery that has reduced its carbon emissions. Its trucks currently are producing emissions that are well below the latest standards set by the EPA.

Toyota Forklifts

The government agency that is considered to be the authority in the safety field is a part of the Department of Labor and is known as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA. Their contact information is available at any Toyota lift truck dealers’ office, and can be quite useful if you are looking for full training programs.

Toyota Forklift Dealers

They can also give you guidelines to the latest procedures or other mechanical innovations that have been uncovered, so that you are sure that your vehicles are being driven properly and are up to code in terms of the latest safety regulations.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Used Toyota Forklifts for Sale

The market for used forklifts is booming at the moment, as there is a high need for affordable mechanical equipment that is able to fulfill all the needs that the manufacturing industry has need of. This is in both urban areas as well as out in the countryside where the agricultural market continues to flourish. Forklifts are used not only in large warehouses or factories, but in grocery stores, retail outlets, and anywhere else where there is a serious need to move heavy materials. If you are looking for used Toyota forklifts, you should have no problem finding several dealers or online marketplaces that can help suit your needs.

Used Toyota Forklifts for Sale

The problem will more likely come when you are trying to narrow down this vast field to the used Toyota forklifts that not only combine the best deals with the highest quality, but that are located somewhere that is convenient.

Although you can purchase these used forklifts on the internet, having them shipped from too far away could be costly and a bit of a nuisance. It’s recommended to look for used dealers or owners that are selling off their property somewhere that is close by to your business.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Toyota Forklift Parts

There are many different reasons why experts consider it essential to find the best parts for all of your forklift needs. As with any machinery, a Toyota forklift is nothing more than the sum of its parts. If there is something amiss with any one of the Toyota forklift parts, it could throw the whole system into disarray. That is not something that you want to have happen while you are driving the forklift, or if you are carrying a heavy load on a crowded work floor. It’s estimated that there are approximately 85 fatalities each year from forklifts, which can be prevented by always being vigilant about your use of these large and bulky machines.

Toyota Lift Truck Parts

Fortunately, the Toyota forklift parts are easy to order and replace, so that you can always have the assurance that you are operating a machine at the height of its ability. With a strict quality control system in place, each and every component of these forklift is formulated to fit perfectly into the machine to replace a part that is faulty or worn out.

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The service centers and Toyota dealers strive to make sure that your service experience is a painless one, by outfitting all the service centers with a full range of all the Toyota parts. That way, when you know what exactly it is that you need, you are able to go in and purchase it, rather than wait around for it to be delivered.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Comparing Different Toyota Forklift Service Plans

One of the benefits of purchasing your forklifts from a large company such as Toyota is that they offer not only a high level of quality and a strong reputation, but they also are able to give you a wider range of variety with their service plans. Each Toyota forklift service plan is designated to give forklift owners the peace of mind that they need to succeed. Sometimes it can be difficult to get started if you are not sure what exactly is wrong or if you do in fact need to have some sort of maintenance work performed on your machine.

Toyota Forklift Parts

Each Toyota forklift service plan begins with the dealers. Toyota dealers are well equipped to make each visit more convenient, by offering the right parts for lift trucks, sweepers, aerial work platforms, tow tractors, and any other type of material handling equipment that might come into play within the workplace.



They are also able to offer visitors full access to service capabilities from the road, technical advice and information, and parts experts that can best advise you as to what you need to have completed mechanically on your forklift or other piece of machinery. If you are not a trained expert in this field, it can be a relief to have access to someone who is.

Toyota Forklifts – Background of the Company

The Toyota brand name is one of the most prevalent in the automobile world, but they are also highly regarded for their mechanical equipment and trucks. They now have operated for over 40 years in the USA, based out of Irvine, California. The specific branch of Toyota forklifts that is run from this location is known as Toyota Material Handling, USA Inc. or (TMHU). They have been ranked at number one in the country since 2002, for various reasons, including their commitment to excellence and the durability of their product range, which is also one of the most affordable options on the forklift market today.

Toyota Material Handling U.S.A.

There is a high emphasis on quality that is a hallmark of all Toyota products, but this is particularly the case with Toyota forklifts. Manufactured with the principles of the Toyota Production System, which puts this emphasis on quality, the forklift parts are meant to go together in a full system that will be both strong and reliable.

Toyota Electric Forklifts

Most of these parts are manufactured in the USA, at the Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing plant, making these products locally made and distributed for a greater emphasis on quality. There is a wide range of different products that have been put out by Toyota, that are meant to fulfill the needs of any size of business.

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