Case study: Clarkson Freightlines and Toyota forklifts

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West Australia’s Clarkson Freightlines specialises in distributing freight to the agricultural sector, including all types of general freight from dangerous goods, farm chemicals and fencing materials to timber and building supplies — and does it with a Toyota-only fleet of forklifts at its transport depots.

Case study: Clarkson Freightlines and Toyota forklifts
A Toyota 2.5-tonne payload 62-8FD25 diesel-powered forklift in operation at a Clarkson Freightline facility.

Company general manager Kris Clarkson says the company uses four 2.5-tonne payload 62-8FD25 diesel-powered forklifts for general duties and one LPG-powered 2.5-tonne 32-8FG25 forklift for lighter tasks at its facilities in Greenough, near Geraldton, and in Forrestfield, Perth.

Together, the depots service the mid-west region of WA.

"We had used forklifts from a few different brands previously," Clarkson says. "As a busy freight company our forklifts are constantly in use and need to be able to handle a big workload and variety of applications.

"We purchased one Toyota forklift and we were all impressed with the reliability and ease-of-operation, so over the past couple of years we replaced the others and now only operate Toyota forklifts."

Clarkson says operator comfort and visibility are among the features that sold the machines to him, plus they "have proven to be really finely tuned pieces of equipment — all the options we needed are there as standard".

Toyota Material Handling also highlights features such as Automatic Fork Levelling Control to level the forks during loading, and the company’s System of Active Stability, which helps improve forklift stability and reduce the potential for lateral tip-overs.

Clarkson Freightline's forklifts were purchased from the Toyota Material Handling branch at Kewdale in Perth, which modified the equipment for the company.

"All our forklifts have had digital weight scales added to them," Clarkson says. "This is invaluable to us as we're charging our customers by weight, so the forklift operator can gauge the weight of each load as they work."

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