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New Toyota forklift arrival at Logistics South results in huge cost saving

May saw the delivery of a brand new Toyota Tonero 2.5 tonne forklift, which has resulted in a huge saving of £15,000 for VLS.

The new diesel counter balance forklift arrived at the Water Treatment site in Lound and is additional to the fleet – which will be used by the Essex Logistics team.

It has a fully enclosed cabin with excellent all around visibility and comes equipped with seat arm rest mounted hydraulic mini-levers, providing fingertip control of lifting. Similar to the forklift the drivers are accustomed to using at Hanningfield it is hydrostatically driven, and together with its solid cushioned tyres and hydraulic accumulator (to dampen load) it is easier to handling in its external environment during changing weather conditions.

The patented Toyota SAA (System of Active Stability) is also designed to enhance safety. Some of its features include; automatic fork levelling control, key lift interlock, acceleration reduction with lifted load, active steering synchronizer, load weight indicator and operator presence sensing.

Dave Katz, VLS Contract Manager (ESW), commented; “This is the second Toyota forklift we have sourced for NWG following a review of the market and has resulted in a £15,000 saving against our previous supplier. We are delighted with this as the specification of these forklifts is market leading.”

Phil Reynolds, Logistics Team Leader, was delighted with the arrival of the new forklift, commenting; “This forklift will drive efficiencies and turnaround time by enabling the Stores lorry driver to offload independently and safely, without the need to borrow equipment or seek assistance from other departments based at Lound.”


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