Toyota Enhances AC Pallet Truck Line

Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU), Irvine, Calif., has unveiled several new product enhancements for its AC pallet truck line. The product enhancements are ideally designed for distribution center, retail operation and cold storage applications. Product engineers took into account operators’ growing needs in designing the new product enhancements. For example, on the 6,000-pound capacity pallet truck, a dedicated walkie-type control handle with large dual directional thumb-wheels and angled hand grips for greater maneuverability and simplified operation with either hand, were included.

The pallet trucks now include a new innovative AC traction controller, designed to improve truck operability and provide improved motor torque control and regenerative braking benefits. The new electric disc brake system eliminates the need for brackets, linkages and cables, resulting in less moving parts and increased durability. The system utilizes controlled regenerative braking, which reduces brake component wear for longer product life. The system self-adjusts, eliminating the need for routine maintenance, which translates to increased productivity and efficiency.

“Toyota designed the AC pallet truck enhancements to meet tough material handling demands,” said Martin Boyd, national product planning and marketing manager. “They are designed to enhance operability, durability and reliability for our customers.”

Drive tire durability is improved with the addition of a new 12-inch diameter tire on the 6,000- to 8,000-pound capacity center-control rider pallet truck and 10,000-pound capacity tow tractor. The new standard tire lessens road vibrations and provides improved ride quality over the previous 10-inch diameter drive tire.

In addition, companies requiring extra protection against moisture and corrosive elements can benefit from a new optional steering bearing for cold storage and wet environments.