Product focus: Toyota 8FBE forklift

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The new Toyota 8FBE three-wheel, battery powered counterbalance forklift. The new Toyota 8FBE three-wheel, battery powered counterbalance forklift. The new Toyota 8FBE three-wheel, battery powered counterbalance forklift.

Australian air-conditioning manufacturer Seeley International is one of the first businesses to receive a delivery of new three-wheel Toyota 8FBE counterbalance forklifts.

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The firm purchased seven Toyota 8FBE forklifts at its Adelaide headquarters earlier this year, bringing its fleet of Toyota forklifts to 10.

As the smallest counterbalance forklift in the Toyota range, the compact Toyota 8FBE is designed for manoeuvrability, efficiency and safety.

Seeley International purchasing manager Gareth Morris says his decision to upgrade to the Toyota 8-Series forklift was mostly due to its safety features.

"We have sloping floors in certain areas of our site so the 8FBE’s positive foot braking and anti-roll back features were essential prerequisites for us," Morris says.

"Operationally, we also liked the 8FBE’s tight turning-circle, while its low mast height enables easier container loading, which was a real positive for us as well.

"The longer battery life means our whole production shift can be covered without the need for recharging."

New motors and controllers in the Toyota 8FBE increase operating time by 20 percent in standard mode, compared with the superseded Toyota 7FBE, the company says.

Improvements made to the System of Active Stability (SAS) include new automatic vehicle-speed control that manages the forklift’s speed, acceleration and deceleration according to the lift height and load weight, which helps to improve stability while transporting loads.

A new automatic turn-speed control regulates the forklift’s turning speed, providing stable turning and reducing the chance of a vehicle tip-over.

The new forklifts have now been put to work at Seeley International loading containers, replenishing stock on the manufacturing assembly line and carrying out other warehouse duties.

Founded in 1972, Seeley International has factories in Adelaide and Albury, New South Wales and exports its products to more than 120 countries.


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