Do you have a question about material handling equipment?


1. How can I buy a forklift?

If you are looking to purchase a new forklift, you have three ways to buy. You can buy, lease, or rent. Each option has it’s own benefits so you will need to decide which will fit your company’s needs. Purchasing a used forklift is also a great option. Read our used forklift guide to get a better understanding of the topic.

2. How do I know which forklift I need?

Having the right forklift for your company’s unique application and work environment is crucial. Choosing the right forklift will allow you to work safely and productively. Our sales representatives are all qualified to conduct a site survey to identify the proper forklift for your business.

3. How do I know what capacity forklift I need?

Your forklift supplier is your best resource to figure this out. Before contacting your supplier, know the dimensions and weight of your normal loads, along with your largest. You should also know the normal and greatest heights you’ll need to lift these loads. These measurements will help your supplier determine the capacity they’d recommend for your business. Read more about forklift capacity

4. Which is better electric, propane, or diesel?

For indoor use, electric will be the best option. Electric forklifts offer clean emissions, longer life spans, better maneuverability, and are quieter when running. Typically for outdoor use most businesses will use a propane or diesel forklift. They can quickly be refueled and get back on the job. They offer greater torque required for most outdoor jobs as well.

5. When should I replace my forklift?

This is a tough decision as your forklift can be repaired and kept running for a long time, but you need to be careful that it doesn’t start costing too much to keep running. Toyota developed an economic calculator to help you measure the approximate economic life of your forklift.

6. What are some forklift operator tips?

  • Beware of the specific hazards in your space.
  • Keep up with planned maintenance and daily inspections.
  • Wear proper clothing, such as hard hats, high-visibility jackets, and safety boots.
  • Maintain 360-degree visibility when driving.
  • Have proper lighting and floor safety markings.
  • Check loads are secure before operating and follow load capacity guidelines.
  • Look out for operator fatigue.
  • Park forklifts in a designated area at the end of the shift.


1. How often does my forklift need maintenance?

You have the option to purchase a planned maintenance agreement that will ensure your forklift will be maintained at the proper times by our qualified Toyota Technicians.

2. Can cushion forklift tires be put on a pneumatic forklift truck?

No, forklifts are designed to run one or the other and can’t be interchanged.

3. How do I take care of my battery?

Failure to properly maintain your forklift battery will decrease its life span. Check out this blog to learn how to get the most out of your battery. If you’re confused about battery watering, also read our guide.


1. Who is required to receive safety training?

Every employer is required by law to have their forklift operators trained by a qualified instructor. Every three years, an operator needs to be retrained. ToyotaLift Northeast offers training courses that employers can set up easily. 

2. What are OSHA forklift training requirements?

29 CFR 1910.178 is an OSHA mandate that requires training to operate a forklift. Employers must develop a complete course for their employees, and failure to do so will result in fines until all employees are trained to their standards.