Who owns Unicarriers? | Owners of Unicarriers

Who owns unicarriers?
TCM forklift, now part of Mitsubishi Forklift

Question:  Who owns Unicarriers?  Who are the owners of Unicarriers?

Answer:  Currently Unicarriers is a joint venture between Nissan Motors, Hitachi Construction Machinery, and the Innovation Company of Japan (i.e. Japanese government/bailout type fund).  Neither Nissan Motors (Nissan forklift brand) nor Hitachi (TCM forklift brand) really wanted to stay iwho owns unicarriersn the forklift business.    In 2012 Unicarriers was formed as a sort of holding company for the Nissan and TCM forklift brands.

On July 31, 2015, Mitsubishi announced that it would purchase Unicarriers completely.  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will own 65% and Mitsubishi Nichiyu will own 35%.  Sounds like they’ll try to challenge Toyota

Questions remain, however.

– Will Unicarriers be managed separately?  Or integrated with the MCF group?

– Will Unicarriers continue its strategy of buying retail dealerships (like they’ve done in the past with Capital Equipment in Wisconsin, New England Industrial Truck, Crepa in the Netherlands).  How will this affect relations between that local MCF dealer and the MCF organization?  “Gee, thanks for becoming my competitor now!”

– What happens with the Atlet group especially considering MCFA’s partnership wtih Jungheinrich in the USA?

– Will Unicarriers/MCF products eventually be the same forklift, just with different decals on them?

– Will this be the start of further industry consolidation?  Kion/Nacco?  Crown/Kion?    What’s Toyota‘s next move?

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Toyota forklift fluid specs

Q: What lubricants do I use in my Toyota forklift?

A: It depends. Using the wrong lubricating fluids on your forklift can damage the truck and put the truck’s operator in danger. Check below for the correct fluid specs for various models of Toyota 7 and 8 series trucks. But first, here’s a short explanation of some abbreviations that you might come across.toyota-forklift-fluid

 API = American Petroleum Institute classification. The API classifies lubricants based on performance level and series. Read more about what those classifications mean here.

•  SAE = Society of Automotive Engineers classification. This is a classification based on the viscosity of the lubricant.

 ISO VG = International Standardization Organization viscosity grade. This is another measure of the viscosity of the lubricant.

Models covered

•  7FGU15, 7FGU20, 7FGU25, 7FGU30, 7FGU32

•  7FDU15, 7FDU20, 7FDU25, 7FDU30, 7FDU32

•  7FGCU15, 7FGCU20, 7FGCU25, 7FGCU30, 7FGCU32

•  7FGCU15,  7FGCU15,  7FGCUSU20

•  8FGU15, 8FGU20, 8FGU25, 8FGU30, 8FGU32

•  8FDU15, 8FDU20, 8FDU25, 8FDU30, 8FDU32

•  8FGCU15, 8FGCU20, 8FGCU25, 8FGCU30, 8FGCU32

•  8FGCU15,  8FGCU15,  8FGCUSU20

Lubricants needed for each part

 gasoline engine = motor oil; SAE30 or SAE5w-30; API: SH, SJ, SL, SM

•  diesel engine = diesel engine oil; SAE30 or SAE5w-30; API: CE, CF, CF-4

 transmission = GM Dexron® II

 differential = hypoid gear oil; SAE85W-90; API: GL-4

•  hydraulic oil = ISO VG 32

 brake line = SAE J-1703, DOT-3

•  brake cooling oil = Shell DONAX TD

•  chassis parts = MP grease; molybdenum disulfide grease

•  coolant = long life coolant 30-50% mixture (for winter); coolant with rust inhibitor (for other seasons)

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Hyster forklift fluid specs

Q: What lubricants do I use on my Hyster or Yale forklift?

A: It depends. Using the wrong lubricants on your forklift can damage the truck and put its operator in danger. Check below for the correct fluid specs for various models of Hyster and Yale trucks.

For Hyster models S30FT, S35FT, S40FT, H30FT, H35FT, H40FT
and Yale models GLC030VX, GLC035VX, GLC040VX, GLP030VX, GLP035VX, GLP040VX:

 transmission = John Deere JDM J20CIntella Liftparts Hyster forklift

•  Mazda 2.0L gasoline engine = SAE 5W-20 (20°F and below), SAE 5W-30 (60°F and below), or SAE 5w-30 (0°F and above); API: SL; ILSAC: GF3; SAE: J2362

•  Mazda 2.2L gasoline engine = SAE 5W-20(20°F and below), SAE 5W-30 (60°F and below), or SAE 5W-30 (0°F and above); API: SL; ILSAC: GF3; SAE: J2362

•  GM 2.4L gasoline engine = SAE 5W-20 (20°F and below), SAE 5W-30 (60°F and below), or SAE 5W-30 (0°F and above); API: SL; ILSAC: GF3; SAE: J2362

 Yanmar 2.6L and 3.3L diesel engine = SAE 40 (68°F and above), SAE 30 (50 to 86°F), SAE 20 (32 to 68°F), SAE 15W-40 (3 to 103°F), SAE 5W-30 (-4 to 86°F), SAE 20W (14 to 50°F), or SAE 10W (-4 to 50°F)

 cooling system for Mazda 2.0L and 2.2L engines = 50% water and 50% ethylene glycol boron-free antifreeze

 cooling system for GM 2.4L engine = 50% water and 50% ethylene glycol boron-free antifreeze

•  cooling system for Yanmar 2.6L and 3.3L engines = 50% water and 50% ethylene glycol boron-free antifreeze

•  transmission oil for dry brakes = John Deere JDM J20C

•  mast (sliding surfaces and load roller surfaces) = multipurpose grease

 lift chains = SAE 30W engine oil

•  brake master cylinder rod end pin = SAE 5W-30; API: SL; ILSAC: GF3; SAE: J2362  Forklift brake shoes and brake systems here.

•  manual hydraulic hand levers = SAE 5W-30; API: SL; ILSAC: GF3; SAE: J2362

•  brake fluid (master cylinder, dry brakes) = SAE J-1703, DOT-3

 brake oil (master cylinder, wet brakes) = Dexron III from sealed container

•  differential and drive axle oil (dry brakes, S40-70FT, S55FTS) = SAE 80W-90 or SAE 85W-140

•  differential and drive axle oil (dry brakes, H40-70FT) = SAE 80W-90 or SAE 85W-140

 transmission oil (wet brakes, H40-70FT) = John Deere JDM J20C

 wet brake axle (planetary housing oil, center section oil) = John Deere JDM J20C

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For Hyster models S80FT, S100FT, S120FT, H80FT, H100FT, H120FT
and Yale models GLC080VX, GLC100VX, GLC120VX, GLP080VX, GLP100VX, GLP120VX:

 GM 4.3L gasoline engine oil = SAE 5W-20 (20°F and below), SAE 5W-30 (60°F and below), or SAE 5W-30 (0°F and above); API: SM; ILSAC: GF4; SAE: J2362

 Cummins 4.5L diesel engine oil = SAE 0W-30 (32°F and below), SAE 5W-30 (-13 to 68°F), SAE 10-30 (-4 to 68°F), or SAE 5W-40 or 15W-40 (5°F and above); API: CH-4 or CI-4

 Cummins 3.3L diesel engine oil = SAE 0W-30 (32°F and below), SAE 5W-30 (-13 to 68°F), SAE 10-30 (-4 to 68°F), or SAE 5W-40 or 15W-40 (5°F and above); API: CH-4 or CI-4

 transmission oil (dry brake) = John Deere JDM J20C

 fork latches = multipurpose grease

 brake oil (master cylinder) = Dexron III from sealed container

 differential and drive axle oil (dry brake) = SAE 80W-90 or 85W-140

 transmission and wet brake planetary carrier housing oil = John Deere JDM J20C

 wet brake center section oil = SAE 80W-90

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Forklift seat belt laws

Learn more about forklift seat belt safety.

Do forklift operators have to wear seat belts? Do forklifts even have to have seat belts? These are questions that all forklift owners have likely asked at some point. With forklifts being used in so many different situations and circumstances, safety laws are very important. Here’s a simple question-and-answer about the basics of the forklift seat belts use.

forklift seat belt laws

Q: Do forklifts have to have seat belts included when they are manufactured?

A: Essentially, yes. Every truck manufactured after 1992 must include some form of restraining system with the purpose of protecting the operator from falling out of the truck if the truck tips over. A seat belt is one of the cheapest and most effective methods of doing this, so it is the most commonly used restraint system.


Q: What about forklifts manufactured before 1992? Must they be retrofitted with seat belts?

A: Pretty much, yes. By OSHA standards, an employer is required to protect his or her employees from all workplace hazards, and powered industrial trucks like forklifts are widely recognized as workplace hazards. Thus, if an employer has been made aware of this risk and is capable of retrofitting a seat belt (or other restraining system) to his or her truck, it’s essentially a case of negligence if he or she does not do so. OSHA can write up an employer for this.


Q: If the forklift has a seat belt attached, must the operator wear it?

A: Yes. If there is any form of restraining system on the truck (as there should be, post-1992), it must be used while the forklift is in use. This includes seat belts, regardless of how often the operator has to get on and off the forklift.


Q: Who is at fault if an operator doesn’t use a seat belt?

A: It depends. There have been cases of both an employer and an employee being at fault. In the past, employees have gotten fired for ignoring seat belts while operating forklifts. However, employers have also gotten fined for not providing working restraining systems (an obvious offense) or not properly training employees on safety standards. In short, it benefits both employer and employee if everyone makes an effort to stay safe.


Q: What if an operator doesn’t fit in the standard forklift seat belt?

A: Don’t worry. Intella offers seat belt extensions for precisely this reason. Click here for more information.


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Forklift injuries and how you can prevent them

In 2013, there were a total of 4,585 fatal work-related injuries in the United States. An estimated 100 of those fatal injuries were caused by forklifts. On top of that, there are an estimated 34,000 forklift injuries in our country each year. It’s clear that forklifts can be dangerous pieces of equipment, and when not used in the right environments with the right training, they can be harmful and deadly.

Q: What are the leading causes of forklift injuries?

A: Based on data from 1980 through 1994 provided by the CDC, the main causes of fatalities involving forklifts or other powered industrial vehicles include the following:

•  22% due to forklift overturns

•  20% due to a victim being hit by a forklift

• 16% due to a victim being crushed by a forklift

•  9% due to the victim falling from the forklift

According to a 1999 study, the most common cause of forklift-related injury is when a pedestrian is struck by a forklift (or other powered industrial vehicle), a load being carried by a forklift, or another object that had been hit by a forklift.

Q: How does a forklift injury affect your business?

A: Over 40% of forklift injuries led to an employee being absent from work, with an average of 61 days absent per injury among this group. This can result in huge losses in productivity. Placing emphasis on a safe workplace and safe operator techniques is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart one.

Q: How can you make your workplace safer?

A: Proper training is the best way to prevent forklift accidents. However, it is not the only way to keep your workers and pedestrians safe. According to OSHA, a safe workplace is one that avoids…

•  narrow, unorganized, and crowded aisles

•  blockages at intersections and doors

•  heavy traffic in a forklift work area

•  loud noises that prevent communication and/or drown out warning signals

•  dust and toxic gases that can harm the forklift

•  poor lighting that might obscure the forklift

•  disrepair of loading docks

•  any forklift load that is poorly stacked, too heavy, too large, or stacked on a pallet that may break

In addition, make sure that your forklift is regularly maintained and does not get too old to function properly. Never let your operators go too fast on the forklift, and avoid using any inappropriate attachments on the vehicle. Finally, make sure that there is clear communication between a forklift operator and the workers and pedestrians around him. No amount of guidelines can prevent every hazardous situation, so it is critical that an operator and those around him can work together to handle these cases.

If you’re looking for specific ways to make your forklift work area safer for pedestrians, consider the following suggestions:

•  use specific walkways for pedestrians in forklift traffic areas

•  don’t let pedestrians enter areas in which forklifts are presently operating

•  make sure the operator is aware of any pedestrians near his forklift

•  sound the forklift’s horn at any intersection, blind corner, doorway, or entrance to a narrow aisle

•  consider installing forklift mirrors

•  never let pedestrians walk beneath raised forks

•  avoid driving forklifts in areas or during times of high pedestrian traffic

Hopefully, with these guidelines, you, your fellow workers, and any pedestrians in your area will stay safe and aware of the dangers that come with working around forklifts. They’re essential tools for any successful industry, but that benefit shouldn’t come at the cost of workplace safety.

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UL, CSA, ETL, CE: abbreviations & what they mean

There are a lot of ways to classify, categorize, and distinguish different products in any given industry. This is especially true in the forklift industry, where parts are manufactured worldwide for many different brands of forklifts. Abbreviations are often used to qualify these parts for certain uses, but so many shorthand phrases can get confusing. We’re here to help.


UL: Underwriters Laboratories certification

UL mark

Q: What does UL mean?

A: If a product is UL-listed, it means that it meets the safety standards of Underwriters Laboratories, which are defined primarily by UL itself. It is commonly used on computers, home appliances, various detectors, fire extinguishers, and more. It is a very versatile mark, but it is also very highly respected. In fact, our BlueSpot® forklift safety light is UL-listed.


ETL: Electrical Testing Laboratories certification

ETL mark

Q: What does ETL mean?

A: The ETL mark means that a product has satisfied North American safety standards from Electrical Testing Laboratories. It is a mark similar to the UL mark, and it is recognized across North America.  In fact, UL and ETL are two competing organizations with the same purpose. Admittedly, this can get confusing. Some customers may be looking for a UL-listed product and be surprised to see that we offer a product that is ETL-listed. Don’t be alarmed, though, there is no difference in quality between the two listings. ETL-listed products and UL-listed products both pass the same safety standards. For example, our strobe lights are ETL-listed, while our blue forklift lights are UL-listed. For more information about the ETL mark, click here.


CSA: Canadian Standards Association certification

CSA mark

Q: What does CSA mean?

A: The Canadian Standards Association is a nonprofit that is similar in function to UL and ETL. It focuses on public health and safety in its qualification of products that receive the CSA mark. Though it is based in Canada, the CSA is also familiar with U.S. health and safety requirements, and it is often recognized in the same way a UL or ETL listing is. It is used in many different industries, from electrical engineering to electromagnetic manufacturing.


CE: European Commission certification

CE mark

Q: What does CE mean?

A: A product marked with CE has been certified by the European Commission and can be circulated within the markets of the European Union. The EU has its own standards of health, safety, and environmental impact that a product must satisfy before earning the mark.

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Hour meters from the past

clock forklift hour meter

Here’s something we recently stumbled on– an ancient clock style forklift hour meter.  We found this one on an old Hyster forklift. Curious how to read old hour meters like this one?  Check out the photo below for instructions.   From the instructions, it appears our hour meter reads 1,753 hours.  Check it out!


In case you wondered, we don’t sell these old style meters.  They’re most likely found in museums these days.  Hour meters are important, however.  They allow you to keep track of how long the forklift has been in operation, how long since the last oil filter changed or maintenance interval, and gives you a good idea how much the forklift has been used.

forklift hour meter

Our forklift hour meters are pretty universal.  They fit in nearly any dash opening and can be used for any forklift or for that matter piece of equipment with an input voltage of 8-80 volts DC.

Instructions on reading hour meters

Click the image below for a larger version.

How to read clock style hour meters

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