One of the most reliable and hardest working forklifts operating through a warehouse, depots, and fulfillment centers across the globe are Toyota lift trucks. Whether its propane powered, sit down, or stand up operated, Toyota forklifts are known for their longevity. But eventually, even Toyota forklift parts will wear out and require replacement.
The trick for many busy warehouse managers and maintenance supervisors, is finding the right replacement part for their specific lift truck. With most replacement parts online resources, it’s simple – enter the VIN, select the part location, and then the specific component. The issue many multitasking individuals who order the parts have – is knowing the lingo.
The modern forklift has more than 100 individual moving parts, each performing a vital task to keep occupants and those working in the area safe. But having a working knowledge about the parts being ordered, their location, and task – can help you find them on a website easier. Like most auto parts or replacement mechanical components, knowing the terminology of common forklift systems is a huge help.
If you have a Toyota forklift, the information below will be a huge help.
Common Forklift Terminology for Toyota Lift Truck Systems
When you search online for replacement parts, they are typically separated into multiple sections based on the location on the forklift. There are some parts that will have a unique VIN or identification number, but usually, these numbers are nearly impossible to read. Here are a few of the different components or sections that make up most Toyota forklifts.
Carriage: The carriage is basically the primary support structure of a modern forklift or lift truck. It mounts the forks to masts and provides support to help lift heavy objects safely.
Cab: The central portion of the forklift is the cab. It is where the driver sits (or stands) and contains multiple controls such as those for the mast, gas, and brake pedal(s) (or clutch if applicable), the steering wheel, and display gauges. The cab is also where the driver seat, safety belts, and some electrical emergency shut off devices are connected.
Mast: The long or tall portion of the forklift that is responsible for lifting objects is the mast. There are multiple types of masts, and each Toyota lift truck will have one of these:
- Single Stage Mast: This type of mast is amazingly simple to identify. It has a single channel that is usually hand adjusted to lift loads higher. It’s a very tall mast and is usually used on forklifts that operate outside.
- Two Stage Mast: This is a multiple-purpose mast on Toyota lift trucks. It can stack single or double pallets and is often used to unload or load cargo containers, trailers, or box cars.
- Three Stage Mast: The most popular type of mast is the three stage. It’s a free lift and can extend to very tall heights. It’s commonly used in warehouse operations, when the operator needs to stack pallets and cargo in steel.
- Quad Mast: You’ll find the quad mast in fulfillment centers or large warehouses that have extremely high storage steel. As described above, the four-stages allows the lift to extend its range.
The Load Backrest: To prevent the load from falling into the cab, a forklift must have a load backrest. This is connected to the mast and provides a flat surface to allow loads to sit against – for safer lifting. It also helps to balance the loads to reduce tipping.
load backrest is designed to keep the load from falling toward the driver. The load rests against a flat surface and allows for safe loading and unloading.
Forks: The forks handle all the dirty work. They are the long arm-like extensions that attach to the carriage and mast. They support the load from the bottom, come in multiple sizes and can be adjusted manually on most Toyota forklift trucks.
The Guard or Overhead Guard: The frame that is mounted around the cab is the overhead guard. This not only protects the occupant from accidental tip-overs, but also from falling debris or freight. Most of the guards on Toyota lift trucks are reinforced with steel or heavy-duty plastic.
Counterweights: A forklift requires counterweight to safely operate. It’s located in the rear of the lift and is a manufacturer-installed component. The amount of counterweight is something that needs to be maintained for correct and safe operation.
Power Supply: Most Toyota forklifts are powered by a fuel source – such as propane, gasoline, or diesel. There are electric powered lift trucks that use a large commercial sized and extremely heavy battery.
Most of the replacement parts you’ll order will fall into one of the main categories listed above. The best Toyota forklift parts are easier to buy when the company offering them simplifies the process. Atlanta Liftruck Salvage is a reliable provider of new and used replacement forklift parts. We maintain an ample inventory of refurbished parts in our inventory, offer fast and affordable shipping, and a 30-day No-Hassle return policy.