8 Series Toyota Forklifts setting new standards

In the market for reliable forklifts for sale? Toyota forklifts are a great option available on the market. Today the Truck & Trailer team looks at the Toyota 8 Series options and highlight Toyota forklifts for sale that are sure to get the job done.

A look at the Toyota Brand

The Japanese manufacturer Toyota is known across the world for their series of offerings and if you are looking for quality material handling equipment, the Toyota 8 Series is just the option for you.

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Toyota entered into the North American forklift market around 50 years ago. The Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc, in Columbus, Indiana, from which it builds and distributes pickers, tow trucks and forklifts. Known for their reliable, high quality and durable offerings.

A range of products have been produced from Columbus, Indiana and distributed from there. All the products produced from the plants comply with the 14001 International Organization for Standardisation.

The Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc, offers both CARB-certified Compressed Natural Gas and EPA powered forklifts. They also have extensive experience in forklift safety, thanks to their System of Active Stability with a range of safety features and measures in place.

A great series available from Toyota in terms of forklifts is the 8 Series and thanks to a host of the top engineering, technology and design teams, the Toyota 8Series is known for its extremely good standards in the industry.

With a range of exclusive features, including the Operator Presence Sensing System and the System of Active StabilityTM, as well as ergonomically designed elements mean that the Toyota 8 Series forklift allows for better visibility, helping with operator fatigue and productivity.

Other features found among these Toyota forklifts are the engines and exhausts, with the System of Active Stability and 7-Series pneumatic tyre, making it a formidable combination.

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They are known for performance, technology, features, safety, productivity, convenience and efficiency. Options include the Toyota 1.0 – 8.0 TONNE 8-SERIES FD/FG and 1.5 -3.0 TONNE 8 SERIES FBN.

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1.0 – 8.0 Tonne Toyota 8 Series FD/FG

You’ll find your productivity levels on the rise when using the 1.0 – 8.0 tonne Toyota 8 Series. Its SAS Automatic Fork Levelling Control ensures that the fork is level and helps with retrieving and finding pallets.

The wide-view mast also offers you an unrivalled look at what is happening. From any angle. These Toyota forklifts also feature electronic shift, which is finger controlled, helping you manoeuvre between forward and reverse. The turning radius, helps with getting around small spaces and making the most of it.


Thanks to Toyota’s exclusive 4Y Gasoline industrial Engine these forklifts for sale makes for a powerful workhorse, which has great fuel economy and is also easy to maintain, with low noise levels. While the 2Z and 1DZ-11 Diesel Engine’s system also helps with noise control. To top it off, the hydraulic lifters help with maintenance and the optional travel speed setting, allow you to set the speed for optimum performance.

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You’ll love the ergonomically designed forklifts with its special features that allow operators to be as comfortable as possible. This is found in the ergonomically-mounted hydraulic controls, which ensure correct vision.

The Operator Restraint Suspension seat in these Toyota forklifts for sale can be adjusted to a range of heights and has been designed to prevent fatigue, with lumbar support to help reduce it. The overall design has been designed with forward, downward and upward mobility in mind, done through the design of the instrument panel, mast width and display.

Ease of Use

The 1.0 – 8.0 Tonne Toyota 8 Series FD/FG models have a range of measures, which makes it easy to use. The integrated monitoring system helps with troubleshooting and services, while the wide design, easy-lift and no tool floorboard, help you get to the problem, quickly and easily. The Swing-Down LPG tank bracket also means that every time you switch tanks, it’ll be safe and easy.

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Thanks to its Active Control Rear Stabiliser and SAS monitors, you’ll be covered in every situation. From instability and tip-overs. It ensures it all. The Active Mast Function Controller also reacts to any instability, while the OPS system ensures that no accidental movements are made, and will only work when the operator is seated correctly. If not, the system will turn off, and you won’t be able to use the forklifts.

1.5 – 3.0 tonne Toyota 8 Series FBN

Great Toyota forklifts for sale, these models are powerful with a series of features and extras that make it another great option.

Performance and Productivity

Thanks to the AC Motor you can have peace of mind when using your forklift. AC Motors don’t have any springs, parts or brushes that need replacing or servicing, making them ideal for long maintenance periods. While the full hydrostatic power steering, which is controlled through another AC system means it one less feature to service.

These Toyota forklifts also have the no-tool board, which allows for quick and easy daily checks.

If that isn’t enough, the AC system means for a fast response time and control, and makes for higher levels of productivity, thanks to the precision measures. The full hydrostatic power steering helps in low-effort control situations and the touch pad and keyless entry ensure that only those authorized can use the forklift.

1.5 - 3.0 tonne toyota forklifts

Other great features of these forklifts for sale are AC drive and lift motor, which help with quick acceleration, variable lifting options, and positioning and retrieval. All of this is helped by the power keep function, which helps allow the AC motors to run and perform at a range of levels, even when the battery is low.


A range of features and aspects make the Toyota 8 Series a great option. You’ll love the foot activated parking brake which helps in operator fatigue and strain, while the EZ Pedal option means that operators can easily change direction, while still focusing on the wheel and controls. The 12-inch-long dual operator assist grips help with managing and manoeuvring for a range of operators.

Ease of Service

The 1.5 – 3.0 tonne Toyota 8 Series FBN is easy to maintain and service when needed. The fault code memory allows you see the truck history and helps with troubleshooting. The analyser mode shows off the electrical system and happenings and helps with instant access to all information.

The built-in analyser helps with self-diagnostics, and can be found in the operator’s display. The planned maintenance hour meter is also key for routine maintenance and services and the handy side panel allows quick access to the motor and functions.


Found across this range of Toyota forklifts for sale, the Toyota SAS helps in monitoring important forklift operations and in moments of instability. The Active Control Rear Stabilizer helps by locking the rear axle to stop various turnovers, while the Active Mast Function Controller assists in controlling tilt speed and adjusting according to the weight and height of the load.


You can choose a range of options including a compact battery compartment option, which comes on the 4-Wheel AC electric 4,000 and 5,000 lb. models. These are ideal for customers who are looking for compact forklifts for sale due to narrow spaces.

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Second-hand Toyota forklifts range from R 167,000 – R267,000 and can fit anywhere, depending on your needs.

They make such a good second hand buy as they provide a great price point to test the Series 8 and to see which best suits your needs, with the option of upgrading and adding various accessories to enhance your forklift.

Looking for reliable forklifts for sale? Browse through the forklifts advertised on Truck & Trailer and find great deals on material handling equipment across South Africa.

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