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A Guide to Choosing the Right TCM Forklift for Your Material Handling Needs

Looking for a new or second-hand top of the range TCM forklift to rent or buy? Considered as the workhorse of today’s commercial and industrial sectors – every warehouse, distribution centre and manufacturing plant depends greatly on the use of a forklift to keep their business running efficiently and safely. The product of choice in the market it serves – TCM has been an industrial pioneer and a leader in the logistics industry in Japan since 1949. Designed for efficient operation, easy manoeuvrability, operator comfort and low-maintenance requirements – TCM forklifts command the highest resale value in the industry, and have a reputation for being both service and user friendly. In fact, just like the Toyota brand, servicing and maintaining a TCM forklift is relatively easy and economical.

However, finding the right TCM forklift is not as easy as it sounds, as you need to make sure that you get one that can handle your needs. While it’s not always easy deciding which TCM forklift is right for your business, below you will find a basic guide to choosing the right one for your material handling needs.

What Type of Power Source do you Favour?

When it comes to choosing your power source, availability of fuel, and indoor and outdoor conditions are factors that will greatly influence your choice, but ultimately, your choices will be between electric, diesel or gas. If you’re looking for an indoor forklift that is quiet and can offer clean emissions and greater manoeuvrability, as well as a longer life span, then an electric TCM forklift is the rule. Keep in mind that operational maintenance costs are usually higher than diesel and gas models. However, if you’re looking for a forklift that can offer you an even longer lifespan, lower maintenance costs and a quicker refuelling time, then a gas-powered TCM forklift will be much more beneficial. Keep in mind that gas forklifts are quite noisy and they also create exhaust emissions. Furthermore, if you’re looking for an outdoor powered TCM forklift that can offer you even lower running costs, then petrol is the right power source for you.

How Much Weight are You Lifting?

Many businesses make the mistake of choosing a forklift with a maximum lift capacity that is below their requirements. Because forklifts are rated by how much they can lift – don’t fall into the trap of paying for more power than you need. If you’re lifting up to 50 tonnes, then the right forklift would be gas and diesel. While gas and petrol forklifts usually have the largest load capacity for outdoor use, electric forklifts are best suited for lifting indoor materials and merchandise of up to 600kg. Furthermore, it’s important to also consider your outdoor terrain, as well as warehousing aisles and floor conditions. Another factor to consider is your lifting height, as this will greatly influence your load capacity.

Should You Rent or Buy?

Buying a forklift is a big investment, and due to the high cost of forklifts nowadays, there are many businesses that can’t afford the capital outlay. They say if you make use of a forklift less than 50% of the time, then you should probably rent. In fact, this is an option used widely by many in the commercial and industrial sectors.
However, if your needs are long-term and ongoing, then purchasing a new or second-hand TCM forklift outright is going to be a much better fit for you.

How Retrolex Forklifts Can Assist You

If you’re in the construction, landscaping, waste management, recycling, agriculture or warehousing sector, then you’ll want to partner with a TCM forklift supplier who can offer you the choice of both buying or renting new and used forklifts, and that’s exactly what you can expect from us at Retrolex Forklifts in Gauteng. Situated in Sibenza and with more than 70 years in the forklift industry, we take great pride in ensuring that businesses reach their full potential. Led by a highly skilled team of forklift experts, we only sell and rent new and used industrious and steadfast world-class forklift brands, which include Crown, Daewoo, Doosan, Hyster, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Nichiyu, Nissan, Toyota, Yanmar and TCM. Our Forklift products and services are as follows:

  • Emergency Breakdown Assistance
  • Financing and Lease Agreements
  • Forklift Load Testing
  • Forklift New and Used Sales
  • Forklift Placement Parts
  • Forklift Service and Repairs
  • Long-term and Short-term Forklift Rentals

Get the best TCM forklifts, parts, advice and recommendations from someone that’s been in this business for years! Let Retrolex Forklifts lift your business to success and contact us today!

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