Four 3-tonne payload forklifts from Toyota Material Handling Australia have been commissioned by a leading Darwin-based manufacturer and supplier of concrete building blocks to help boost productivity onsite.
HB Blocks took the Toyota 8-FG30 forklifts on a long-term rental and servicing agreement from the Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) Darwin branch to free-up space in the company workshop.
HB Blocks director Nick Halkitis explains that the new Toyota fork lifts are used in the block production cycle, as well as storage and distribution. The forklifts unload freshly made product, stack the product, load orders, and handle pallets that need repair.
HB Blocks’ relationship with Toyota forklifts began in 1997 when the company bought its first machine, which was soon followed by two more Toyotas, and then the next two machines; the relationship continues with the four new rental forklifts.
Mr Halkitis says the Toyotas are good forklifts, especially for reliability and longevity, and they are backed by good local support from TMHA.
TMHA's factory-owned Darwin branch will soon celebrate its first anniversary after replacing the previous independent dealer last year.
Toyota's 8-Series internal combustion forklift range now covers every payload capacity from 1 to 8 tonnes. Key features of the forklifts include Automatic Fork Levelling Control to level the forks during loading; ergonomic controls; smooth, quiet operation from the Toyota engine; and Toyota's exclusive System of Active Stability comprising the advanced Active Swing Lock Cylinder in select models, which can help improve forklift stability and reduce the potential for lateral tip overs.