Evolution of the BT Lifter

December 10, 2012 by Peter MacLeod
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Evolution of the BT Lifter

The BT Lifter hand pallet truck range from Toyota Material Handling is evolving to meet changing operational needs and responding to trends, particularly within the retail sector.

Toyota is able to offer three unique hand pallet trucks: BT Pro Lifter for easier operation; BT Lifter Silent for out-of hours or residential deliveries; and the BT Lifter Half Pallet to manage smaller pallet sizes.

The BT Pro Lifter hand pallet truck was first launched in 2004 and has continued to evolve. Winning accredited awards - including the IMHX Design 4 Safety Awards for the Professionals' Choice in 2010 - BT says its Pro Lifter is still unique within the marketplace and remains a market leader for increased safety and productivity.

BT says that thanks to its unique Pro Start Technology (PST), a quick pump-action of the BT Pro Lifter's tiller arm transfers power to the truck's steering wheels which then turn one-third of a revolution to overcome inertia and get the user on their way. With an ordinary hand pallet truck you need a force equivalent to 45kg to get a 2,300kg loaded truck moving. Using PST you now only need a force equivalent to 15kg to get a similar load moving, reducing the risk of operator back strain and improving workplace safety.

Mark Peters, hand pallet truck product manager, comments: "Retail is changing. Retailers are now opening for longer and utilising smaller stores with greater product lines. They are also locating more and more in built-up or residential areas, presenting a challenge in terms of how and when deliveries are made. By understanding the changes in our customers' business needs, we have developed specific solutions to address these challenges, ensuring efficient business operations at all times."

The BT Lifter Silent hand pallet truck helps to reduce the noise of truck usage, which is essential for operations where daily goods deliveries take place late at night or early in the morning. The BT Lifter Silent is equipped with high-quality rubber steering wheels and powerthane bogie wheels for whisper-quiet operation. In addition, the robust chassis has been developed with noise reducing material and rubber studs and bushings ensuring noise levels do not exceed 60dBA or the sound of two people having a normal conversation.

In addition, the BT Lifter Silent has also been accredited with the Quiet Mark, an international mark of approval awarded by the UK Noise Abatement Society who encourages companies in the development of products with significantly reduced noise.

Finally, the BT Lifter Half Pallet has been developed to handle different types of half pallets and quarter pallets, as well as a wide range of modern roll cages and special trolleys associated with deliveries straight into stores.

Peters adds: "There has been a trend towards retailers using half and quarter pallets which are suitable for use in supermarkets, shop displays and where space is at a premium. These pallets can be difficult to move safely with standard trucks so we developed a hand pallet truck specifically designed for this use."

Through on-going research and development, Toyota says it can ensure it offers new solutions to ever-changing demands whilst continuing to achieve outstanding levels of quality and durability. Toyota combines a 60-year commitment to the manufacture of quality hand pallet trucks manufactured in Sweden with the benefit of the Toyota Production System philosophy.



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