The latest addition to the Toyota Forklift range now available to the Southern African market, the Toyota 8FBE three-wheeled counterbalance electric forklift, has set a new standard for compact forklifts. Recognised as one of the most versatile forklifts available in the market, this new series of compact forklifts is an exciting addition to the smaller end of the forklift range offered by Toyota Forklift, part of Eqstra Industrial Equipment (“EIE”),

High Water Resistance – quality engineering and strategic positioning of motors and controllers sees the 8FBE forklift achieve a high water resistance rating of IPX4, meaning it can work as comfortably outside as it does inside. This makes it one of the most versatile forklifts on the market

The new frame with a new shape counterweight and extended sides reduce the risk of collision damage during turns. With a compact body and turning performance that results in superior operability in narrow workplaces, the 8FBE Forklift offers customers exceptional manoeuvrability with stability. This is combined with higher levels of energy efficiency from newly developed motors and drive controllers, which minimize energy loss as well as increase operating time by as much as 20 per cent.

For enhanced stability and safety, the 8FBE adds automatic vehicle-speed and turn-speed control to Toyota Forklift’s unique and powerful System of Active Stability (SAS) feature-set, which already includes active mast front-tilt angle, active mast tilt speed control, automatic fork-levelling control and active steering synchroniser.

Automatic vehicle-speed control increases stability when transporting loads by managing the acceleration, deceleration, and speed of the forklift based on the lift height and load weight . The automatic turn-speed control, working in a similar manner, takes the desired turning radius into account, controlling the forklift’s movement around a corner.

Other safety features include the double rear tyres, the Operator Presence Sensing System (OPS) and, another first and optional feature, the blue beam of light which appears on the ground to inform pedestrians of the forklift’s presence.

The advanced ergonomics of the 8FBE includes a large assist grip, low step and foot-activated parking brake for ease of entrance and exit from the cabin, while the anti-rollback enables smoother start-up on slopes. The small diameter wheel and rear pillar assist grip, contribute to smooth load handling and traveling experience.

Other features standard to the 8FBE include an operator restraint system (ORS) seat and a lattice-designed overhead guard, while optional extras includes the Toyota warehouse and information system also known as Toyota I_Site.

I_Site is the intelligent forklift fleet management solution that helps you improve in four major areas: cost, productivity, health and safety, and environment. I_Site instantly connects you to essential forklift fleet data keeping you in full control of your material handling business every day!

I_Site gives you access to your fleet situation from anywhere via an easily accessible web portal. Thanks to I_Site, you can authorise trained drivers on specific machines and monitor truck deficiencies, goods damage and battery status. A shock sensor for collision detection and a PIN-code or card scan entry system.

“The 8FBE is testimony to Toyota Forklift’s global reputation as a best-in-class, highly innovative brand committed to providing machines that provide ‘hassle-free’, safe and dependable operation in wide ranging applications and under unpredictable climatic operations,” says Leric Smith, Product Manager for Toyota Forklift.

The 8FBE is available in 1, 1.3, 1.5, 1.8 and 2 tonne models.


As the sole distributor of Toyota Forklift, BT, Raymond and Flexi material handling equipment in Southern Africa, Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), is the largest supplier of forklifts to the Southern African market and has the most comprehensive product support infrastructure in the region.

Note to Editors

Eqstra Industrial Equipment (“EIE”) provides distribution, leasing, rental and value-added services for industrial, materials handling and agricultural equipment in South Africa, various other African countries, the UK and Ireland. EIE has exclusive distribution agreements with best-in-class brands and operates from 4 branches, 10 depots and a comprehensive dealership network in Southern Africa, with representation in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The UK industrial equipment business, Impact Handling is the exclusive distributor for Cat Lift Trucks in the UK and Ireland. EIE forms part of the EQSTRA Holdings Limited Group, which is listed on the Johannesburg stock exchange.

For further information contact:
Leric Smith
Product Manager
+27 (0)79 884 3271