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Where do I find my Kalmar forklift’s serial number?

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When ordering parts for your forklift, having the correct serial number is very important. The quickest way to find your Kalmar forklift’s serial number is to check the forklift’s nameplate (also called a data tag). This useful little plaque displays various details about your truck–its model, its weight, how much it can lift, and more. Most importantly, a forklift’s nameplate also displays its serial number. On a Kalmar forklift, the nameplate is often found near the dashboard and looks something like the image below:

Kalmar forklift's serial number

But what if your forklift’s nameplate has worn down or fallen off? You’re in luck. A Kalmar forklift’s serial number can sometimes be found physically stamped on its frame.  So, if your nameplate is out of commission, don’t panic quite yet–remember to take a good look around your chassis first!

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Where do I find my Taylor forklift’s serial number?

Note: This page is for find your Taylor forklift’s serial number only. To find a serial number for a forklift of a different brand, click here for our other guides.

When ordering Taylor forklift parts, having the correct serial number is crucial. The quickest way to find your Taylor forklift’s serial number is to check the forklift’s data tag, also called a data plate or nameplate. This helpful label displays various details about your truck–its model, its weight, its lifting capacity, and (most importantly) its serial number (also sometimes called a chassis or machine number). On a Taylor forklift, the nameplate is often found near the dashboard or the seat and looks similar to the one shown below:

Taylor forklift's serial number

But what if your forklift’s nameplate has worn down or is missing? Don’t panic. A Taylor forklift’s serial number is sometimes physically stamped right on its frame. So, if you’re looking for your truck’s serial number and your nameplate is out of commission, remember to take a good look around your chassis too!


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Where do I find my Komatsu forklift’s serial number?

Note: This page is for Komatsu forklifts only. To find a serial number for a forklift of a different brand, click here for our other guides.

When ordering the correct parts for your forklift, knowing your forklift’s serial number is very important. The easiest way to find your Komatsu forklift’s serial number is to check the forklift’s nameplate (also called a data tag). This helpful label displays various details about your truck, like its model, its weight, how much it can lift, and more. Most importantly, though, a forklift’s nameplate also displays its serial number. On a Komatsu forklift, the nameplate is often found near the seat, like in the picture to the left, and looks something like the picture to the right:

Komatsu forklift's serial numberKomatsu forklift's serial number

Komatsu forklift's serial number

But what if your forklift’s nameplate has worn down or fallen off? Don’t worry just yet. A Komatsu forklift’s serial number can sometimes be found physically stamped on its chassis. For example, to the right is the frame stamp from the forklift pictured above.

For more specific instruction on how to find your forklift’s frame stamp, look below for a collection of Komatsu models and where their serial numbers can be found.

Models and serial numbers

Komatsu forklift's serial number
AX50, BX50

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Where do I find my Toyota forklift’s serial number?

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Note: This page is for Toyota forklifts only. To find a serial number for a forklift of a different brand, click here for our other guides.

The most direct way to find your Toyota forklift’s serial number is to check the nameplate (also called a data tag). This helpful little plate includes various information about your forklift–its lifting capacity, its weight, its model, and (most importantly) its serial number (also called a frame, chassis, or car number). On a Toyota forklift, the nameplate looks like the image to the left (ignore the blue circle), and it is commonly found somewhere near the dashboard of the forklift, like in the image to the right:

Toyota forklift's serial numberToyota forklift's serial number

Serial numbers are critical for ordering the correct parts for forklifts. But what if your forklift’s nameplate has fallen off or worn down? How do you find your serial number then? Don’t panic. In many cases, a Toyota forklift’s serial number can be found physically stamped somewhere on its frame. Below is a table of many different models of Toyota forklifts and a set of reference figures. Use the table to determine which figure to use when looking for your Toyota forklift’s serial number. Check out Figure 8 for an example of how your serial number stamp may look.

Models and serial numbers

8FGCU15 = Figure 1              6FG25 = Figure 4                       60-6FD20 = Figure 4
8FGCU18 = Figure 1              6FG28 = Figure 4                       60-6FD23 = Figure 4
8FGCSU20 = Figure 1           6FG30 = Figure 4                        60-6FD25 = Figure 4
8FGU15 = Figure 2                02-6FG10 = Figure 4                  60-6FD28 = Figure 4
8FGU18 = Figure 2                02-6FG14 = Figure 4                  60-6FD30 = Figure 4
8FGU20 = Figure 2                02-6FG15 = Figure 4                  62-6FD20 = Figure 4
8FGU25 = Figures 2, 8           02-6FG18 = Figure 4                  62-6FD23 = Figure 4
8FGU30 = Figure 2                 02-6FG20 = Figure 4                  62-6FD25 = Figure 4
8FGU32 = Figure 2                 02-6FG23 = Figure 4                  62-6FD28 = Figure 4
8FDU15 = Figure 2                 02-6FG25 = Figure 4                  62-6FD30 = Figure 4
8FDU18 = Figure 2                 02-6FG28 = Figure 4                  42-6FGCU15 = Figure 5
8FDU20 = Figure 2                 02-6FG30 = Figure 4                  42-6FGCU18 = Figure 5
8FDU25 = Figure 2                 40-6FG10 = Figure 4                  42-6FGCU20 = Figure 5
8FDU30 = Figure 2                 40-6FG14 = Figure 4                  42-6FGCU25 = Figure 5
8FDU32 = Figure 2                 40-6FG15 = Figure 4                  42-6FGCU30 = Figure 5
8FGCU20 = Figure 2              40-6FG18 = Figure 4                  52-6FGCU20 = Figure 5
8FGCU25 = Figure 2              40-6FG20 = Figure 4                  52-6FGCU25 = Figure 5
8FGCU30 = Figure 2              40-6FG23 = Figure 4                  52-6FGCU30 = Figure 5
8FGCU32 = Figure 2              40-6FG25 = Figure 4                  42-6FGU15 = Figure 5
7FGU35 = Figure 3                 42-6FG10 = Figure 4                  42-6FGU18 = Figure 5
7FGU45 = Figure 3                 42-6FG14 = Figure 4                  42-6FGU20 = Figure 5
7FGU60 = Figure 3                 42-6FG15 = Figure 4                  42-6FGU25 = Figure 5
7FGU70 = Figure 3                 42-6FG18 = Figure 4                  02-6FDU15 = Figure 5
7FGU80 = Figure 3                 42-6FG20 = Figure 4                  02-6FDU18 = Figure 5
7FGKU40 = Figure 3              42-6FG23 = Figure 4                  52-6FGU20 = Figure 5
7FDU35 = Figure 3                 42-6FG25 = Figure 4                  52-6FGU25 = Figure 5
7FDU45 = Figure 3                 6FD10 = Figure 4                        52-6FGU30 = Figure 5
7FDU60 = Figure 3                 6FD14 = Figure 4                        62-6FDU20 = Figure 5
7FDU70 = Figure 3                 6FD15 = Figure 4                         62-6FDU25 = Figure 5
7FDU80 = Figure 3                 6FD18 = Figure 4                        62-6FDU30 = Figure 5
7FDKU40 = Figure 3              6FD20 = Figure 4                         02-6FGU30 = Figure 5
7FGAU50 = Figure 3              6FD23 = Figure 4                        52-6FGU33 = Figure 6
7FDAU50 = Figure 3              6FD25 = Figure 4                        52-6FGU35 = Figure 6
7FGCU35 = Figure 3              6FD28 = Figure 4                        52-6FGU40 = Figure 6
7FGCU45 = Figure 3              6FD30 = Figure 4                        52-6FGU45 = Figure 6
7FGCU55 = Figure 3              02-6FD10 = Figure 4                  02-6FDU33 = Figure 6
7FGCU60 = Figure 3              02-6FD14 = Figure 4                  02-6FDU35 = Figure 6
7FGCU70 = Figure 3              02-6FD15 = Figure 4                  02-6FDU40 = Figure 6
6FG10 = Figure 4                    02-6FD18 = Figure 4                  02-6FDU45 = Figure 6
6FG14 = Figure 4                   02-6FD20 = Figure 4                  52-6FGAU50 = Figure 6
6FG15 = Figure 4                   02-6FD23 = Figure 4                  02-6FDAU50 = Figure 6
6FG18 = Figure 4                   02-6FD25 = Figure 4                  52-6FGCU33 = Figure 7
6FG20 = Figure 4                   02-6FD28 = Figure 4                  52-6FGCU35 = Figure 7
6FG23 = Figure 4                   02-6FD30 = Figure 4                  52-6FGCU45 = Figure 7

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Where do I find my Nissan forklift’s serial number?

Note: This page is for Nissan forklifts only. To find a serial number for a forklift of a different brand, click here for our other guides.

The quickest way to find your Nissan forklift’s serial number is to check the lift’s data tag, also called a nameplate. This useful identifier is the first place you should look for various information about your forklift–its lifting capacity, how much it weighs, its model, and more. Most importantly, this plate also displays the forklift’s serial number (sometimes called the chassis number or the car number). On a Nissan forklift, the nameplate looks like the picture on the right and is often found somewhere near the dashboard, like the picture on the left:

Nissan forklift's serial numberNissan forklift's serial number

A serial number is very important when ordering the correct parts for your forklift. But what if the nameplate has fallen off or worn down? How do you find your serial number then? Don’t panic just yet. In many cases, a Nissan forklift’s serial number can be found physically stamped somewhere on its frame, if you are not able to find, just email us we will do all the “Nissan forklift parts lookup” for you and will send the diagrams. Below is a gallery of many different models of Nissan forklifts and diagrams of where their serial numbers can be found.

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HISTORY OF THE FORKLIFT

Learn more about different types of forklift trucks.

History of the Forklift

The fork truck, which later evolved into the forklift, has been in use for over 80 years. No one is quite certain who first invented the fork truck, but the Clark Company is usually credited with inventing it in 1917. This gasoline powered prototype device quickly caught on, and today, there are more than a million forklifts in use in warehouses across the world. But these original fork trucks were quite different from what warehouse workers are using today. Many of the original forklift parts have been upgraded or eliminated as technology has advanced through the history of the forklift.

HISTORY OF THE FORK TRUCK

The Earliest Fork Trucks

The earliest type of fork trucks was the hand truck. It used two wheels and was very similar to today’s dollies. This device used cast iron wheels and wrought iron axles. Their main advantage was that they allowed heavy loads to be moved without beinHistory of the Forkliftg picked up and placed on a four-wheeled handcart. Dock workers no longer risked hurting their backs lifting these types of objects.

In 1887, one of the earliest types of fork trucks was built. It could lift its loaded platform a few inches off the ground, but it was very weak and wasn’t widely available. A steel version of this type of lift truck appeared in 1909. It becaHistory of the Forkliftme commercially available. However, it wasn’t a proper lift truck.

That appeared in 1917 when Clark introduced what they called the Tructractor, the first type of seated counterbalanced vehicle for use in warehouses and factories. Clark originally had no plan on manufacturing these vehicles for others to use—they simply saw a need for the Tructractor in their axle plant. However, when visitors to the plant saw it, they asked to buy the vehicles, and Clark began mass producing them. While it was a basic design, and it certainly influenced forklift technology.

Making Fork Trucks More Powerful

Fork trucks quickly began changing and becoming more powerful. In 1920, hydraulic forklift parts were added to the vehicles to make lifting loads easier. Electronics were slowly incorporated into fork trucks, especially those that made use of small mounted cranes to lift loads onto the truck bed. Early fork trucks were fairly slow also, but over time more powerful engines were added to give them a little more speed and hauling power.

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The Addition of the Vertical Lifting Cantilever

History of the Forklift

The first vertical lifting cantilever, or mast, was introduced in 1923. Engineers at Yale University created an electric truck that could lift the forks and their load up via the mast. It made use of a ratchet and pinion system to do this. This is often considered to be the first true forklift, and it revolutionized the way things were stored. However, there was still one major issue that prevented the Yale forklift from becoming incredibly popular: some pallets were either too large or too small for it to pick up.

That problem was solved during the late 1930s, when pallet size was standardized. This, in turn, led to the standardization of forklift fork size, length, and spacing. Now the forklift went mainstream. World War II saw the vehicle become even more in-demand since the military needed a fast, efficient way of moving large quantities of items onto ships and cargo planes. The forklift was the answer.

Advancements in Forklift Technology

Since then, there have been a number of advances and changes in forklift technology. In order to protect operators, backrests were added to the masts to help keep loads from falling backwards. A cage was also placed around the driver to add more protection. Forklifts are better balanced today, which has also helped reduce the number of forklift accidents.

One of the biggest advancements has been in forklift power sources. While early lift trucks and forklifts ran exclusively on gasoline, today, many are electric vehicles. Forklift batteries can now provide enough power to run for hours, while the electric forklift motor is strong enough to lift very heavy loads. These forklifts are much safer to use in enclosed areas because they give off no emissions. They’re much more environmentally friendly, which is a must for companies trying to reduce their carbon footprints.

Forklifts have also integrated computer systems into the operator’s seat. These systems tie into the warehouse’s or company’s inventory control system and allow operators to scan barcodes or read RFID chips. This has made inventory much easier to manage, resulting in a much more efficient system in which very few pallets are lost or placed in the wrong area.

But that’s not all. Changes in ergonomics have made it more comfortable for forklift operators to work for longer periods of time. Smaller body designs have resulted in forklifts that no longer need a large amount of space to operate, which means storage facilities can have narrow aisles, which in turn means they can store more pallets. A number of forklift manufacturers even offer customization, letting businesses chose which options they need for their forklifts.

As technology changes, forklifts will continue to adapt, becoming more powerful, safer, and more efficient.

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Forklift industry merger and acquisition history

From the very start, the forklift industry has been riddled with various mergers, buyouts, collaborations, and acquisitions. This can make it confusing to keep track of OEMs when ownership of a forklift brand is constantly changing. Check out this timeline of the history of the major manufacturers in the forklift industry to help you make sense of your products.

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The 1800s

  • 1868, Yale: Yale Lock Manufacturing Co. (USA) is formed, later becoming Yale and Towne Manufacturing Co.
  • 1890, Caterpillar: Caterpillar (USA) is founded by Benjamin Holt and Daniel Best.
  • 1896, Doosan: The Doosan Group (South Korea) is founded.
  • 1898, Baker: Baker Motor Vehicle Co. (USA) is founded to build electric cars. Soon, Baker increases its product line to include electric load trucks.

1900 – 1920

  • linde forklift1901, Allis-Chalmers: The Allis-Chalmers Company (USA) is founded.
  • 1903, Allis-Chalmers: Allis-Chalmers acquires the Bullock Electric Company.
  • 1907, Linde: The Linde Air Products Company (Germany) is established.
  • 1915 Lewis-Shepard is established in Watertown, Massachusetts
  • 1917, Komatsu: Komatsu Iron Works (Japan) is established, later becoming Komatsu Ltd. In 1921.
  • 1919, Clark: Clark Tructractor Company (USA) is established as a division of the Clark Equipment Company.
  • 1919, Towmotor: Towmotor Corporation (USA) is founded.

1920 – 1940

  • 1920s, Hyster: Hyster’s (USA) parent companies, Electric Steel Foundry and Willamette Iron & Steel Works, are established.
  • 1920, Mitsubishi: Shibaura Works of Ohte-Shokai K.K. is established as a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., which eventually becomes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Japan).
  • 1922, Raymond: Raymond Corporation (USA) is formed.
  • 1926, Toyota:  Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd. (now Toyota Industries Corporation) started building automatic looms.
  • 1929, Linde: Linde takes over Güldner-Motoren-Gesellschaft, a German engine and tractor manufacturer.
  • 1930s, Yale: Yale acquires BKS forklifts in Germany.
  • 1930, Raymond.  Raymond builds first material handling product under Lyon name.
  • 1934, Hyster: Electric Steel Foundry and Willamette Iron & Steel Works have combined into Willamette Hyster Company and an early straddle-carrier forklift model is produced.

1940 – 1960

  • 1942, CESAB: CESAB (Italy) is founded.
  • 1943, Cascade: Cascade Manufacturing Co. (USA) is founded.
  • 1944, Hyster: Willamette Hyster Company is renamed Hyster Company.
  • 1945, Crown: Crown Equipment Corporation (USA) is founded.
  • 1946, BT: BT Forklifts (Sweden) is founded.
  • 1947, Hyundai: The Hyundai Group (South Korea) is founded.
  • 1949, TCM: Toyo Carriers Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Japan) is founded.
  • 1950, Prime-Mover: The Prime-Mover Company (USA) is founded by the Home-O-Nize Company of Iowa.
  • 1952, Komatsu: Komatsu acquires Ikegai Automobile Manufacturing Co. and Chuetsu Electro Chemical Co.
  • 1952, Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi is renamed Mitsubishi Nippon Heavy-Industries, Ltd.
  • 1953, Jungheinrich: Establishment of H. Jungheinrich & Co. Maschinenfabrik (Germany).
  • 1953, Allis-Chalmers: Allis-Chalmers acquires the Buda Engine Co., adding diesel engines to its product line.
  • 1956, Toyota: Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan) introduces its first forklift model, the LA 1-ton truck.
  • 1956, Towmotor: Towmotor acquires Gerlinger Carrier Company.
  • 1957, Nissan: The first Nissan (Japan) forklift is produced.
  • 1958, Heli:  Anhui Heli (China) is established

1960 – 1980


  • yale forklift1960s, Doosan:
    Korea Machinery Co., Ltd. begins importing forklifts as part of a national machinery expansion project.
  • 1962, Halla: Hyundai International Inc. is founded.
  • 1963, Yale: Yale merges with Eaton Manufacturing.
  • 1963, Towmotor: Towmotor acquires Ohio Gear Company.
  • 1965, Caterpillar, Towmotor: Towmotor becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Tractor Company.
  • 1968, Hyster acquires Lewis-Shepard (USA Mass.)
  • 1976, TCM: TCM America (MBK), Inc. is established.
  • 1976, Doosan: Korea Machinery merges into Daewoo Heavy Industries Ltd.
  • 1977, Baker, Linde: Linde acquires Baker Material Handling Corporation.  Baker Forklift parts are now known as Linde forklift parts.
  • 1978, Halla: Hyundai International Inc. is rebranded as the Halla Group (South Korea).

1980 – 2000

  • 1980s, Allis-Chalmers: Allis-Chalmers begins selling off some of its subsidiaries in the face of rapid economic change.
  • 1980, Hoist: Forklift Exchange is founded in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.
  • 1983, Hyster: Hyster closes Portland OR manufacturing plant
  • 1984, Hyster: Hyster Company is acquired by ESCO Corporation.
  • 1984, Linde: Linde acquires Fenwick, the largest French lift truck manufacturer.
  • 1985, Yale: Yale is acquired by NACCO Industries, Inc., and Yale Materials Handling Corporation is established.
  • 1985, Komatsu: Komatsu America Manufacturing Corp. and Komatsu America Industries LLC are both established in the U.S.
  • 1986, Cascade: Cascade forms a joint venture with Xiamen Forklift Company of China (Xiamen-Cascade Corp., Ltd.).
  • 1988, Toyota: Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc. (TIEM) is established in Indiana as a joint venture with Toyota Motor Corporation.
  • 1988, TCM: TCM Manufacturing USA, Inc. is founded.
  • 1988, Kalmar: Kalmar takes over Allis Chalmers forklift activities effectively ending Allis Chalmers brand name in forklift industry.
  • 1988, Prime-Mover: Prime-Mover is acquired by BT Industries AB of Sweden.
  • hyster forklift1989, Hyster: Hyster Company is acquired by NACCO Industries, Inc.
  • 1989, Linde: Linde acquires Lansing Bagnall, a British forklift manufacturer.
  • 1992, Yale: Yale Europe Materials Handling is established.
  • 1992, Caterpillar, Mitsubishi: Caterpillar and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries together form Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America, Inc. (MCFA).
  • 1993, Nissan: Nissan Forklift Corporation North America is established.
  • 1993, Komatsu: Komatsu Cummins Engine Co., Ltd. and Cummins Komatsu Engine Company are established in Japan and the U.S., respectively.
  • 1994, Hyster, Yale: NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG) is established.
  • 1994, Hoist: Forklift Exchange acquires Silent Hoist and Crane, a Brooklyn-based company. It is rebranded as Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing, Inc. (USA).
  • 1994, Jungheinrich.  Jungheinrich takes over UK based Boss group.
  • 1995, Toyota: Toyota Industrial Equipment, S.A. (TIESA) is established in France as a joint venture with Toyota Motor Corporation and Manitou B.F.
  • 1997, BT, Raymond: Raymond Corp. is acquired by BT Industries AB for $353 million, and BT Raymond is established.
  • 1997, Halla: Halla collapses under the pressure of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.
  • 1998, Clark: Clark Material Handling Company acquires the Samsung Fork Lift Company of Korea.
  • 1998, Allis-Chalmers: The remaining Allis-Chalmers manufacturing companies are divested.
  • 1998, Combilift:  Combilift started in Ireland
  • 1999, Kalmar-AC:  Kalmar sells the  former Allis Chalmers business unit it acquired in 1988 to Komatsu.  Kalmar remains a big lift truck/reach stacker specialist.  Komatsu attempts to market units under Tusk brand name but eventually discontinues Tusk in 2010.

2000 – present day

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This information was gathered from the histories published on the websites of the various companies included on the timeline. Supporting information was also found through news sites, like those linked in some of the information above.

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What grade LPG do I use in my forklift?

LPG tank Intella LiftpartsLPG, propane, butane—throwing these terms around can get confusing. They can get even more confusing when they all have different grades, purposes, and origins. Which is best for a forklift? Which ones are safe for grilling? Don’t worry, we’re here to help sort it all out.

Q: What grade LPG do I use in my forklift?

A: HD-5 is the grade of LPG/propane that is most suitable for use in forklifts.

Q: What is LPG? What is propane?

A: LPG stands for liquefied petroleum gas, and it is used interchangeably with “propane.” They are the same thing. With that said, LPG is an odorless, colorless gas that is usually stored as a liquid in pressurized containers. An odorous chemical (ethyl mercaptan) is added to the LPG in order to detect leaks. LPG has a high octane rating, which means that it can withstand significant pressure before igniting. That means that you get more bang for less liquid. It accounts for about 2% of total energy usage in the U.S., and as of 2009 its production was a $15 billion industry.

Q: What is LPG used for?

A: LPG can be used industrially, commercially, and domestically. 48 million American households use it to heat their homes. It can also be used for cooking and powering vehicles, like agricultural equipment or on-road vehicles.

Q: What are the benefits of LPG?

A: LPG is cleaner than gasoline or diesel, with lower carbon emissions than these competitors. It is affordable, with prices rivaling gas and diesel, and it is abundant in the U.S.

Q: What are the different grades of LPG? How do they differ?

A: Three grades of LPG are processed in the United States. All three come from crude oil or natural gas, but they have some significant differences.

 HD-5: This is the highest grade of LPG available to consumers. It is the most widely sold and distributed grade, and it is recommended for engine/vehicle use (including forklifts). It contains at least 90% propane and no more than 5% propylene by volume, with various other gases making up the rest of the mixture.

 HD-10: This LPG is a grade below HD-5, allowing up to 10% propylene in its mixture. For this reason, it is not recommended for vehicle applications, because the increased amount of propylene may gum up engines. However, it is just fine for heating or cooking.

 commercial: This grade is similar to HD-10, but it is often used industrially in refineries. It may contain butane in addition to propane, and, like HD-10, it should not be used on vehicles.

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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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