Welcome to 2022! A new year, a new Focus On post! Today we'll be giving you some of the details on the Toyota 80V Electric Pneumatic series of forklifts. We've been putting this one off for a while because Toyota was expanding the line and we wanted to give you the total package as always. Toyota was bringing out the big guns in the line expansion, bringing to North America the larger end of this series of trucks that's been working hard in Europe for a while now. Pictured above is the 9FBM60T.
One thing that a lot of people start to ask about when they see that "80V" notation is "Why 80 volts? What's wrong with with the 36 or 48 my other electric trucks use?" To keep it simple: more power. That 80 volts is what gives these trucks the raw power to keep up with their internal combustion cousins when it comes to hauling around big loads in an outdoor yard or tooling around in a big warehouse. These big electric trucks have a bigger sticker price because of having to buy a big battery at the start, but that is more than balanced out by the fact that you never have to spend a dime on spark plugs, wires, engine oil filters, etc...
You can read more from Toyotahere, but if you keep reading we'll give you a few more details than they've got up on the web.
The Toyota 80V Electric Pneumatic is a family of 15 trucks, with variations in mast, battery compartment, and counterweight size making them distinct from each other and give us the following models and base capacities:
Toyota loves giving you options in the mast world. Starting with the "Wide Visible" V mast, and on through the "Full Free-Lift 2-Stage" FV, "Full Free-Lift 3-Stage" FSV, and ""Full Free-Lift 3-Stage, 4-Cylinder" FSW" FSW masts, the 80V Electric Pneumatic trucks start at 119.5" (3.0m) and lift up to 278" (7m).
"Wide Visible" V masts lift from 119.5" (3m) to 239" (6m), but to go above 179" (4.5m) you have to put it on a 05-8FBM40T or larger sized truck.
Next up is the "Full Free-Lift 2-Stage" FV lifting from 119.5" (3m) to 159" (4m). Once you hit the 05-8FBM40T and up truck range, the max shifts from 156" (4m) to 160" (4m), and on the largest truck (9FBH80T)to a 160.5" (4m).
There's also another type of mast available on these trucks, the "Full Free-Lift 2-Stage, 4 Cylinder" FW lifting from 119.5" (3m) to 159" (4m). At the middle section of truck sizes this mast is basically a more complicated FV mast, but for the 9FBM35T and smaller, you start seeing benefits in maximum height, shaving precious inches off the masts's overall lowered height while maintaining the same lift heights.
Moving on again brings us to one of the most popular masts, the "Full Free-Lift 3-Stage" FSV mast, lifting from 171" (4.3m) to 278.5" (7m). One note on that height: it is limited to the 60+ sizes of forklift. For the 20-50 trucks you max out at 257" (6.5m), and get an extra inch on the 40-50 trucks.
Our last mast size is a bit of a departure from the usual Toyota pattern. Instead of the typical QFV masts with four stages, the 80V Electric Pneumatic sports a "Full Free-Lift 3-Stage, 4-Cylinder" FSW mast. Available for the 20-50 trucks this mast adds a pair of additional lift cylinders to help with those high lifts while still giving you the most visability possible. This mast isn't available on the largest trucks because of how much they lift.
A very important note about mast size is that if you want a big mast it will limit a couple of things:
Firstly: The tallest masts derate your max load. For safety purposes Toyota stamps the max allowed loads by spec on its dataplates. For example: a 9FBH80T with a 17,640lb (8000kg) base capacity will lift that full capacity up to 219.5" (5.5m) with an FSV mast. With the tallest FSV mast however, lifting 278.5" (7m) that capacity goes down to 16,094lb (7300kg) base capacity. That big a load in the air gets hard to keep steady, so they have to scale it back a little..
Secondly: in many cases the largest masts are limited to the largest trucks. A 257" (6.5m) on a 9FBMK20T will lift 3660lb (1660kg), while a 9FBH80T with the same mast height will lift 16,094lb (7300kg). The difference is the 80T could be fitted with another 20" of lift height, and is 36" (0.9m) wider. That extra three feet of width and four feet of length is why there's a 12,000+lb (5650kg) difference in capacity.
You said there were updates
Because of their core concept of "continual improvement" (Kaizen), Toyota always has something new in development. One of these things was (for North America) the introduction of a new, improved, and expanded 80V forklift line. First introduced as the Triago 80V line, it was a limited selection of truck capacities with all the quirks that come with a first run of things. Since then they've improved not only the design of the trucks themselves, but also what they're capable of.
Some models (ten of the fifteen) come standard with all metal exteriors, entirely doing away with any external plastic components like step cowlings and replacing them with solid panels to take the abuse that these outdoor designed models will look forward to. All the 80V Electric Pneumatic trucks come standard with long life wet-disc brake systems for added stopping ability, hydraulic or electic (depending on model) power steering, and such features as the Toyota SAS (System of Active Stability) and Active Mast Controls that make Toyota an industry leader when it comes to safety.
Because these are still battery untis we're talking about, Toyota has worked hard to ensure that servicing those batteries is as easy as possible. While the 05-8FBM40-50T models still have a wide opening battery hood, ten of the newer models have lateral battery exchange systems; at the larger end of the trucks an entire side wall clam-shells up to allow access to the battery compartment.
Large and Small 80V
Icing on a cake
Toyota forklifts almost always have some way you can customize them for your own use, and these 80V Electric Pneumatic trucks do not disappoint!
Five masts types to pick from, with 20 different height options shared between them. V, FV, FW, FSV, and FSW masts mean you can get something just right for what you need to do! And not just masts either: you can get shockless landing lift (to help keep from slamming forks into the ground), boots for your tilt cylinders to help extend their lifespan, extended forkbar/carriage, hydraulic accumulator, and more. The shockless landing lift is even standard on 10 models!
Lights and doodads that you can add to your truck. Different LED options both front and back, different spot and strobe types and mounts, operator compartment and reading lights, and several display screen options showing info like mast tilt and approx. load indicators). Additional electronics like access controls and monitoring, keyless entry systems, impact sensors, and a whole host of integration options are on offer as well (like PC power sources straight from the factory).
Upgraded controls: You aren't locked into the mini-lever controls that these trucks come stock with. You can upgrade them to multi-function levers or even a full joystick! EZ pedal options and built in speed and acceleration controls based on load can be loaded into your unit ready to go.
Protect your investment with special models options including: Rust Proof spec, Weather Protection package, and Cold storage builds.
Obviously there's a couple of options here, and we haven't even talked about half of them, so just ask our CSS team members about what might be best for your business. A lot of these and other options are quality of life items that can help your operators work better for longer and help you and us take care of your trucks more easily.
So that's our piece on the Toyota 80V Electric Pneumatic series of forklifts. With the Toyota promise of quality at work in your business you'll see the benefits every day. To see what they say about these trucks you can, as always, Click Here to check out their website.
For a more personalized idea of what the Toyota 80V Electric Pneumatic could do for you, you can Get In Contact with one of our CSS Team Members to learn more about this machine and about your options for putting battery power to work for you.