The BT Lifter hand pallet truck, manufactured by Toyota Material Handling in Europe, is the subject of celebration this month as production passes three million units.
Manufactured in a dedicated factory in Mjöby, Sweden, the BT Lifter has long been synonymous with quality, strength, longevity and innovation. Developed in 1946 by BT Industries, the modern lightweight hand pallet truck has become the industry-standard hand pallet truck for transporting every type of goods in countless applications.
Sven Wirenhammar, VP division hand trucks, Toyota Material Handling, at Mjölby, Sweden, comments, "I am very pleased to announce that we recently produced hand pallet truck number 3,000,000. It is amazing to be part of something today that has run consistently since 1947. For the last 10 years BT Lifters have been produced in accordance with the Toyota Production System (TPS), further enhancing quality and longevity – two of the BT Lifter's greatest strengths. Despite the history, the BT Lifter is constantly evolving. We aim to introduce a new variant of BT Lifter every year, keeping up with our customers' needs and keeping ahead of our competitors."
The BT Lifter range is made up of 13 models with many additional options which ensure the trucks are suitable for every application. The BT Heavy Lifter, BT Quick Lifter, BT High Lifter, BT Stainless Lifter and BT Lifter with scale are well established in many industries and distribution processes. More recently, the BT Pro Lifter has advanced hand pallet truck design, allowing the operator to get the truck moving with a simple pump of the handle.
Two of the latest additions to the BT Lifter range also demonstrate how the demands of applications are changing. The BT Lifter Ultra Low was specifically developed to serve the needs of furniture retail clients. It works with low-clearance and disposable pallets, which are increasingly used in shipping containers to maximise space. The BT Lifter Silent is designed for out-of-hours deliveries in residential areas. It operates with a noise level that does not exceed 60 dBA, the equivalent to two people talking.
Work cycle tests prove that the standard BT Lifter can last up to five times longer than other hand pallet trucks, significantly lowering handling costs over a lifetime of operation. The standard BT Lifter – LHM230 – also comes with a unique lifetime (99-year) functional guarantee on the fork frame, resulting in a lifecycle of five equivalent low-cost trucks.