Meet the Payloader from Columbia

A large operation, such as a manufacturing plan, often requires a wide range of material handling equipment. One piece of equipment that is perfect for very large and spread-out facilities, is a burden carrier. These vehicles are used to carry or tow products throughout a workspace and are able to fit where most other industrial vehicles wouldn’t be able to. The Payloader from Columbia is a powerful and efficient burden carrier that could be a great benefit to your business due to its many functions.

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  1. Carrying Cargo

The payloader features a large flatbed section that is perfect for transporting cargo throughout your facilities. The carrying capacity for the payloader is 2,400 lbs. and can be upgraded to support up to 4,000 lbs. That is plenty of capacity for quickly hauling large parts or products through spaces that may be inconvenient to use a forklift in.

  1. Towing

Along with being able to carry large loads in the flatbed, the payloader is also able to tow large amounts of weight throughout a facility. The standard version allows for a towing capacity of up to 6,500 lbs. and the super duty version allows for an incredible 18,000 lbs. of towing capacity. This feature can be a quick and easy way to move a massive amount of product across the campus of a large business.

  1. Personnel transport

Payloaders can be fitted with seating and awnings to become powerful passenger carriers. The large weight capacity it offers means that it can transport a large number of passengers without adverse effects on the vehicle. The strong construction of the payloader will keep your staff and guests comfortable and safe throughout their ride.

With the ability to carry cargo, tow cargo, and transport passengers, the Payloader from Columbia is a versatile vehicle that can help your operation function as smoothly as possible. The power of a Payloader is all electric so you don’t have to worry about any harmful emissions and can save on fuel costs. You can view the payloader and all of our other Columbia vehicles here.

Should you Buy a Stand-Up Forklift?

Stand-up forklifts are powerful and reliable machines that offer slightly different attributes to a traditional sit-down forklift. If you are having difficulties deciding between a sit-down or a stand-up forklift, an understanding of the strengths of a stand-up rider and a proper assessment of your operation and the needs required of a forklift should allow you to determine if a stand-up rider is right for your business.

Stand up forklift

  1. Ability to operate in narrow aisles

The minimum aisle size for a sit-down forklift is generally around3 12-1′. Stand-up forklifts on the other hand, require a smaller turn radius and can efficiently operate in aisles much smaller than a traditional forklift. With the capability to operate in such narrow aisles you can maximize the space in your warehouse and increase the profits of your business.

  1. Operators can quickly enter and exit the vehicles

Another useful perk of a stand-up forklift is the short amount of time needed to exit the vehicle. A traditional forklift requires an operator to put the forklift in park, unfasten their seatbelt and then climb out of the seat. While someone operating a stand-up forklift simply has to bring the vehicle to a stop and step out of it. This process is made completely safe by technology known as a “Deadman switch” that the operator stands on while driving. When they wish to turn off the vehicle, they simply step out and when there is no weight on the switch it shuts off the engine. While the 10-15 seconds saved in the exit process may seem miniscule, if your operators are having to enter and exit their forklifts very frequently than that time can add up to a significant amount.

  1. You don’t have to sacrifice capacity

While stand-up forklifts may be smaller in size than sit-down forklifts, they oftentimes have very similar weight capacities. Due to the center of gravity of the stand-up forklift it can carry up to 5,000 lbs. without needing to increase in size and power. This allows you to receive all of the benefits of a standup forklift while keeping the weight capacity needed for many operations.


So, if your operation requires forklifts to navigate in narrow aisles, requires drivers to frequently exit vehicles, and you need a capacity of 5,000 lbs. or less, then a stand-up forklift may be a great solution. You can request a quote on a new Stand-up rider forklift from Toyota here.

Should you buy a Used Forklift?

A used forklift can be a great option for someone who needs a forklift on a tight budget or someone can’t wait for the lead time of a new forklift. There are many factors to consider when purchasing a used forklift. These factors include the model, hours, and required usage of the forklift. All the factors will allow you to better understand if a used forklift is right for you and your business.

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How many hours should the lift have?

It’s important to understand the hours of a forklift and what the mean for the overall performance of the vehicle. One forklift operating hour is comparable to approximately 20 miles in a car. That means that a used forklift with 5,000 hours is similar to a used car with around 100,000 miles of use. Generally, the more hours that a lift has, the cheaper the price will be. Finding the forklift with the lowest number of hours for your price range is a big step in finding the right vehicle.

How often will you use the forklift?

The hours of the lift play an important role in its ability to operate long term. So before beginning the buying process you should have a good understanding of how much use your forklift will get throughout your ownership. For example, if you have a need to move heavy items a few times a day than a used forklift with many hours could work perfectly for you. However if your operation requires near constant use of a lift throughout the day than you may need to purchase something with less hours. If you only need to use your forklift sparingly than it could be possible to purchase a lift with more hours and save a large amount of your budget.

Which Model of Used Forklift should I choose?

The model of forklift required for your operations may affect whether or not a used forklift is right for you. Electric forklifts on average last longer than internal combustion forklifts and may be a safer used option. This is due to electric forklifts requiring fewer moving parts and therefore have less parts that could break. So, if you know that you need a used forklift to last longer than usual, a used electric may be the right choice. It also important to note the surface the forklift will be operating on, as well as the weight capacity the lift needs to have.


Used forklifts are an excellent option for those who need a more affordable option or those who cannot wait for the lead time of a new forklift. We are proud to offer a used inventory of over 90 used vehicles that are available for sale. You can view and request these vehicles here.

Electric Forklift Advantages

Electric forklifts have steadily grown in usage over the years and now make up nearly 70% of all trucks sold. While internal combustion forklifts are also a great option for many material handling needs. There are many valuable advantages that can only come from using electric forklifts in your warehouse.

4-wheel electric

  1. Noise Pollution

A busy warehouse can at times be an extremely loud environment. With multiple forklifts running in a confined area, it can become difficult for operators and pedestrians to properly communicate. However, electric forklifts produce a very low amount of noise and allow operators to better hear horns, employees, and other important sounds within the warehouse.

  1. Narrow Aisle Maneuverability

It is important for a warehouse to maximize the space that is available. One way to gain space is to push the racks within a warehouse closer together. This gives you the ability to put in more shelves but has the drawback of narrower aisles that can cause difficulties to forklift operators. Generally, a full-size forklift is impossible to operate in these narrow aisles. Luckily Toyota offers many electric forklifts option that can operate in these tighter areas. The 3-wheel electric forklift can navigate 10-11’ aisles while still lifting up to 4,000 lb. There are plenty other electric options including reach trucks and stand-up riders that can maneuver through narrow aisles.

  1. Zero Emissions

A downside of using internal combustion forklifts is the potentially harmful emissions that are produced by their engines. These emissions can be particularly damaging to food and other perishable items that may be stored in your warehouse. Toyota electric forklifts offer the perfect solution to this problem by producing zero emissions while still offering the power you need.


Toyota’s electric forklifts are a great investment for your business to help improve noise pollution, storage solutions, and the amount of emissions. With a wide range of electric products available, you are sure to find a piece of equipment that fits all your needs. These products will not only improve operations in your warehouse but will also help the overall environment.


Optimize Your Warehouse Safety

warehouse safety

With the sometimes-chaotic nature of a warehouse, it can be nerve-racking to have valuable items stored there. Fortunately, Southeast Industrial Equipment offers many warehouse safety features. This safety equipment can help to prevent costly accidents and protect your employees. These 5 safety features can help improve your warehouse’s safety.

  1. Guard Rails

Strategically placed guard rails can help to mitigate damage within your warehouse. They protect the products being stored as well as the racking and shelves that the products are on.

  1. Safety Mirrors

Forklifts in motion can create safety concerns within a busy warehouse. To protect forklift operators and pedestrians precautionary mirrors can be placed throughout your business. These mirrors allow pedestrians and operators and to see around corners. This can prevent dangerous collisions and help to keep your employees safe.

  1. Flammable Safety Cabinets

Safe storage options for flammable liquids at your business can reduce risk of fires. Flammable safety cabinets allow you to store up to 18 gallons of flammable liquid at a time. They also feature adjustable shelving that can hold up to 500 lbs. of material. These cabinets offer reflective labeling for high visibility under fire conditions or power outages.

  1. Safety Lights

There are many different safety light options that can be used to create a safer environment in your warehouse. Such as stop and go lights that can be used to direct traffic on a loading dock. There are also warning strobe lights available that can be magnetically fitted to forklifts and other vehicles. All these lights help to prevent accidents and injuries in your warehouse.

  1. Pallet Rack Guard Net Systems

Guard nets can be placed across the backside of your pallet racks. They prevent products falling between racks and allow easy product visibility. These nets also protect traffic areas, reduce product damage, and improve employee safety all for an affordable cost.

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How to Optimize Warehouse Storage

STEP PALLET RACK BEAMS STORAGEOne of the most common problems warehouse owners face is a lack of storage space. Without extensive changes to a building, there is no way to expand the horizontal area in your warehouse. An easy solution to this problem is to think vertically rather than horizontally. The vertical space within warehouses is something that has been overlooked in the past, but in recent years has become more widely used. This is thanks in part to new technology in equipment and racking solutions.

Similarly, to the way a parking garage takes a flat parking lot and builds it upwards, vertical racking in a warehouse capitalizes on the existing horizontal space in a warehouse. This change in storage can greatly increase the productivity and profits of your storage space. In 2020 the average price per square foot of warehouse space rose by 4.8% to $7.86 annually. For a 20,000 square foot facility you would be paying $157, 200 per year to rent your storage space. With proper vertical storage you could more than double the amount of storage area while paying the same amount of rent.

Southeast Industrial Equipment is proud to offer countless racking options for your warehouse. One of the most common approaches to organizing a warehouse is a selective pallet rack design. Our Pallet racking systems from Space + USA can be engineered to meet any volume, weight, or size requirement. With the strength to hold up to 7,100 lbs. per beam, you can feel confident your product will be safe and secure.

Moving Mast Reach Truck and Storage

With this increase in vertical storage, there is a new need for equipment that will be able to operate within these changing conditions. Luckily, Toyota has a great line of products to operate at the heights required by modern warehouses. The moving mast reach truck allows for maneuvering in narrow aisles and with a mast height of up to 42 feet, it can reach your top-level shelves. This ability to reach great heights within narrow aisles opens up the possibility to use storage space that wasn’t possible before.

Pneumatic vs. Cushion: Which Tire Type is Right for you?

Toyota forklifts are available in many different models and specifications. There are many questions you need to ask yourself when choosing the right forklift for your business. One of the most important questions to ask is, which tire type is right for you? Some of the most common tire types for forklifts are cushion tires, air-filled pneumatic tires, and solid pneumatic tires. These options are suited for different conditions and jobs.

Unlike a traditional car or truck tire, cushion tires are made of solid rubber that is then fitted around wheel. These tires are more affordable to manufacture and are easier for owners to maintain. Due to the solid rubber construction of the tire, they do not have a large amount of traction, especially outdoors. Cushion tires are best suited for smooth indoor surfaces such as warehouses. Cushion tire forklifts are also useful in narrower conditions due to the smaller turn radius that is facilitated by the size of the tires. Cushion tires are a simple and effective tire option for use on smooth surfaces.

Cushion tire

Pneumatic tires on the other hand are more similar to the tires found on a car or truck. They are larger and are often times filled with air like a traditional tire. This tire type is able to perform on uneven and rough terrains such as construction sites and lumber yards. The solid pneumatic option is made of solid rubber like the cushion tire but is larger and has a tread like that of a traditional pneumatic tire. These solid pneumatic tires are useful in conditions that may have a high risk of punctures. Whether you choose an air filled or a solid pneumatic option, the size and tread of these tires will allow your forklifts to travel over dirt and gravel while maintaining grip and stability. However, the tires will require a larger turn radius and larger wheels that may make navigating narrow aisles difficult.

Pneumatic tire

When choosing which tire type is right for you, you must consider the needed load capacity, terrain of job site, and the amount of space to work within. All of these options are extremely effective in the conditions that they are suited to. If you have any question regarding which tire type would best fit your needs, feel free to send any questions to or call us at (704) 399-9700.

Toyota SAS: Forklift Safety You Can Trust

The threat of a tipover is a frightening thought for anyone operating a forklift. OSHA reports that 42% of all forklift fatalities are caused by tipovers. The areas in which forklifts are operated are oftentimes unpredictable and can force operators into difficult situations. Fortunately, the incredible engineers at Toyota developed a solution to help mitigate these problems and protect forklift drivers.

In 1999 Toyota introduced the System of Active Stability (SAS) and all 4-wheel Toyota forklifts have been equipped with SAS to this day. SAS is able to take over 3,000 readings per second to detect any unsafe operating conditions. If unsafe conditions are detected, the system then activates one of its two main features to improve the stability of the forklift.

The first of these features is the Active Control Rear Stabilizer System. This feature is able to quickly lock the rear axle of the forklift and in turn convert the lift’s triangular stability pattern into a rectangular pattern. This change reduces the risk of a lateral tipover and keeps the forklift as stable as possible.


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The second feature of SAS is the Active Mast Function Control System. This feature focuses on the longitudinal stability of the forklift and is able to detect the load weight and extended mast height. The system then deploys forward tilt control or rear-tilt control and reduces the tilt speed of the mast by half of its unrestricted speed. With the mast under control, the threat of a front or back tipover is greatly decreased.


Longitudinal forklift tipover graphic


Both of these features work in unison to keep the forklift at optimal stability. While SAS works to prevent lateral and longitudinal tipovers, Toyota also has plenty of other innovative safety features for other hazards in the workplace. Including devices such as welded overhead guards, operator restraint systems, manually operated horns, skid-resistant entry/exit steps, and operator assist grips. These safety devices along with proper training and maintenance will help to prevent a large number of accidents in your business.

Forklift safety features

SAS is unique to Toyota forklifts and is one of the reasons why Toyota continues to be a leader in material handling safety. The system requires very little maintenance and only needs a 30-second check after every 250 hours of use. At an average maintenance cost of $17 per year, if SAS was able to prevent just one tipover, it would pay for itself more than 1,000 times. SAS is an incredible feature that comes standard on all 4-wheel Toyota forklifts, and it will help keep you and your employees safe

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Versatility You Can Count On!

Toyota’s moving mast reach trucks are in a class all their own when it comes to productivity, performance, and efficiency. These powerful lifts are equipped with innovative ergonomics and technology and offer clear and precise control for fast and smooth handling shift after shift. The Toyota Moving Mast Reach Truck delivers the perfect lift to fit your operation’s needs, even for the most demanding applications.

Warehouses continue to build upward due to space constraints, meaning operators are required to work at higher lift heights that can be difficult to see from the ground level. The high-performance Moving Mast Reach Trucks increase productivity and visibility at height thanks to an innovative mast design, a revolutionary tilting operator compartment, and an optional transparent roof that delivers exceptional visibility.

Designed with the operator in mind, the transparent roof combined with unique mast design offers the operator superb upward visibility with minimal load view obstruction. The unique optional tilting operator compartment reduces the risk of strain for the operator in repetitive high-level applications. It improves the visibility of the load – allowing the operator to see the fork tips when elevated without moving their head. The optional fork laser enhances this even further by helping to pick pallets faster while minimizing damage.

Operators will love the fully adjustable compartment, featuring an adjustable seat, control handle, armrest, steering console, and more. The compartment floor quickly adjusts to improve operator comfort and support. A new optional air-suspension seat makes sure operators can complete their heavy lifting with ease.

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The Right Tool for The Job

Whether you need to lift a couch or a dining room table, the Furniture Order Picker is up to the task. Designed to handle your pallet-less tasks, the Furniture Order Picker will accommodate carts or furniture platforms and can lift a wide variety of large or bulky items while maximizing space utilization and providing unmatched stability and speed. Additionally, you’re getting a high-performance lift with superior ergonomics, enhanced visibility for increased productivity, and an all-around power player that can take your fleet to another level.

The Furniture Order Picker has many advantages:

  • Upgraded lift and lower speeds
    • Allow for maximum flexibility and increased accuracy while picking products
  • Multifunction control handle
    • Features ergonomically positioned handgrips, dual thumbwheels, and lift, lower, and horn buttons for simplified operation of controls with either hand
  • Standard Mesh Mast Guard
    • Provides enhanced airflow for greater comfort and efficiency
  • Glance and Go Display
    • Provides a quick summary of critical information
  • Auto-Locking Clamp
    • Allows for quick locking onto clamp blocks on platforms or carts
  • AC Drive and Lift Motors
    • Provide superior performance and energy efficiency as well as reduced maintenance costs due to fewer moving parts.

The Toyota Furniture Order Picker was designed for operator comfort and ease of use starting with our intuitive and ergonomically designed control handle. Equipped with same-time speed, lift and lower function, and an on/off switch for ease of use, the Furniture Order Picker enhances productivity through design. The advanced suspension system and hydraulic mast staging help improve operator comfort throughout a shift. Additionally, the low step height combined with the padded floor provides the operator with a comfortable ride during travel and elevation changes.

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