Saturday 1st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Toyota unveils 4th gen reach truck

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Toyota Material Handling has launched its fourth generation BT Reflex range of reach trucks.

The 1.4 to 2.5 tonne range features an advanced transitional lift control system, and boasts an increased lift speed of 30 per cent compared to the previous range.

The lift control has cut out the stop/start effect when lowering a load, which can sap power and destabilise loads. The result is that lowering is smoother and 17 per cent faster than the previous range. This coupled with the ability to recycle energy through deceleration and braking, has helped reduce the energy consumption by 15 per cent.

The trucks feature AC motors, faster drive speeds, and can lift to heights in excess of 12 metres.

A redesigned chassis, complete with tilting cab, gives improved visibility, and 360 degree steering system enables better manoeuvrability.

For multi-shift operations BT Reflex can interface with battery change systems and the battery can be quickly and easily power-released while the driver is seated in the cab.

Produced using the Toyota Production System, the range features heavy-duty drive units and gear boxes to help increase durability. Fewer parts, and advanced components such as totally brushless motors and leak-free hydraulic connectors, help ensure that the BT Reflex works harder for longer.

Customers can upgrade different characteristics of the truck depending on the demands of the operation.For example, the Safety+ formula includes electronic speed control of the truck’s operation according to the handling situation. The Productivity+ formula gives a top speed of 14 km/h, and the Driveability+ formula includes BT’s advanced tilting cab system for improved operating conditions when working at higher levels.

All models can be specified with tilting cab, cold store or drive-in racking specification.