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Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA

Jungheinrich Tow Tractor | Tugger

Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA: Electric Tow Tractor (Tugger)

With a compact durable design, the all-new 64,700 lb. capacity electric tow tractor from Jungheinrich is designed for towing heavy-duty loads in any industry. Enjoy a small turning radius, high performance when moving on ramps, an ergonomic workstation, corrosion protection, and energy efficiency while transporting heavy loads across the airport tarmac or industrial facility. Learn more about the Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA tugger and why it might be a great fit for your operation.

Productivity

Tugger Towing Tractor | Jungheinrich

The EZS 7280NA reaches speeds of 15.5 mph (unloaded) and 7.5 mph (loaded). This allows your operators to quickly and effectively get where they need to go.

Designed to make life easy on your operators and save time, the touch mode feature makes it easy to attach and detach trailers.

Have ramps or inclines? No worry, the EZS 7280NA tows up to 9.5 tons, 21,000 lbs., on 10% grade ramps.

All parts and components are easily accessible; therefore, it is easier and faster to service.

Safety

The Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA provides maximum productivity without sacrificing safety.  

Jungheinrich Tow Tractor Tugger

Driver Visibility – Enjoy a clear driving view with minimal blind spots. Also, cutouts on the rear panel provide an excellent view of the coupling.

Automatic Parking Brake – The tow tractor and trailer are secured automatically when it stops. 

Hill-Start Assist – While on a ramp or incline, start without any roll-back. Paired with anti-skid control (ASC), you are ensured smooth, reliable acceleration in the toughest situations.

curveControl – This option automatically reduces speed while turning corners avoids tipping and ensures control over the load.

Energy Efficiency

The EZS 7280NA comes with proprietary 3-phase AC technology from Jungheinrich, thus consumes less energy, extends the battery life, and increases run times.

For 24/7 operations and high usage applications, the Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA has an XL option, which enables a larger battery size. As a result, there will be an increase in performance and energy efficiency.

Ergonomics

Ergonomic workstation features several designs implemented with the operator in mind, such as:

  • Automotive-style interior and operation with foot-pedal and adjustable steering column
  • Spacious cabin with an optimum all-round view, including great visibility of the coupling from the operator’s seat
  • Low entry step with level foot-well
  • Outlet vents that prevent fogging            

Total Cost of Ownership

Across its product line, Jungheinrich implements productivity features, energy and awareness designs, ergonomics, and uptime to minimize the total cost of ownership. The Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA is no different. Save time and money with 1,000-hour service intervals.

If you are looking to take the total cost of ownership even lower, consider getting it with the lithium-Ion package.

  • Fast charging with no need for battery exchanges
  • Maintenance-free and no odors from gases or acidification
  • Longer service life
  • Charging can be interrupted at any time without damage to the battery
  • 5-year battery warranty

Specs:

Model Basic Capacity (lbs) Voltage Length To Fork Face Chassis Width (in) Chassis Height (in) ¹ Gross Weight (lbs) ¹
EZS 7280NA 61,700 80 118.2 51.2 77.6 9,000
EZS 7280 NA XL 61,700 80 130 51.2 77.6 10,500
Learn more about the Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA tugger and why it might be a great fit for your operation.
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What to Know When Buying Forklift Tires

Today, fleet owners are offered a large variety of types, sizes, and application-specific lift trucks that serve a specific purpose. Equipment choice ultimately factors into the overall throughput, efficiency, and safety of the operation. When it comes down to it, the choice of tires for the forklift can be one of the most influential factors in efficiency and operating costs for that machine at the application. Here are some of the key points when picking the right forklift tires:

Cushion or Pneumatic Forklift Tires?

The type of tires your forklift has been specifically designed for the surface that the machine will be operating most efficiently on, so choosing the right tire will impact your machine’s maximum performance.

  • Cushion Forklift Tires
    These forklift tires should only be operated on smooth concrete surfaces, most commonly at indoor working facilities, and are typically smaller than comparable capacity pneumatic models.
  • Pneumatic Forklift Tires
    Forklift with pneumatic tires can work indoors and on outdoor surfaces like blacktop, stone, or dirt, but not on rough terrains like fields or severely unsurfaced lots. These tires have a wider versatility of where they can be operated on, thus giving them higher resale value.

Tire Tread & Profile Style

Not only are there different types of forklift tires, but there are also different treads and profile styles you can get with your forklift. Depending on the application it is driven on, the terrain will affect the tread or profile style you may need. Available options include:

  • Smooth Tires – Typically for dry indoor applications and all steer axles.
  • Traction Tires – A general-purpose use in a wide variety of forklift applications.
  • Grooved Tires – Designed for larger-capacity trucks where loads and operating conditions are extreme.
  • Wide-Track Traction Tires – All-season indoor or outdoor use forklift tire.

The quality and consistency of material are also major factors when determining tire performance. If you want your tires to last longer and perform better, determine the correct tread and profile style for maximum efficiency.

For help with selecting the right forklift tires for your application, contact us at 330-633-6000.

Originally published 7/20/2018
Updated 5/21/2019

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When to Replace Forklift Tires

It is important for every operation to know when to replace their forklift tires and what signs indicate the need for new tires. If they are replaced too soon, you are not getting your money’s worth and decreasing operational profitability. However, replacing forklift tires after the wear limit will result in any of the following:

  • Operators noticing lower speeds and reduced ride comfort
  • Increase in maintenance costs
  • A lower ground clearance and reduced lifting height on the forklift
  • Loss of load capacity, causing accelerated wear and overheating

Variety of Forklift Tires

The first reference to look at when looking to replace lift truck tires is the forklift tire operator’s manual, provided by your forklift tire manufacturer. This is a helpful tool that covers wear limits and the proper time to change your tires. Along with following the manual, there are additional signs that show when it is time to replace old forklift tires.

Wear Indicator Bar

There is a significant amount of forklift tires that come with a wear bar molded into the tire’s sidewall. This indicator becomes visible as the rubber tread wears out – a clear sign that your forklift tires need to be replaced.

Manufacturer Name

Looking for a quick eyeball test to determine if tire replacement is needed? Most tires have the name of the manufacturer molded into the sidewall. Generally speaking, when the tire wears to the top of the nameplate, it should be replaced.

Tire Deformities

A forklift tire needs to be replaced when there are unusual appearances on your tire. These appearances include:

  • Chunking & Tearing – When pieces of the forklift tire are falling off or there are parts tearing.
  • Splits or Cracks – When radial splits or cracks appear on the sidewall of the tire.
  • Non-Round Spots – When flat spots appear on the forklift tire.

Not 100% sure that your tires need replaced? Contact Fallsway today for a free forklift tire inspection by a forklift expert.

So your forklift tires do need replaced…

Next, you need to choose the right type of forklift tire for your machine. Learn what you need to consider when deciding what type of forklift tire suits your application and needs.

Originally published 10/1/2018
Updated 5/16/2019

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Jungheinrich EKM: Small Parts Order Picker

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Designed to be an alternative to a traditional ladder, the new Jungheinrich EKM 202 small parts order picker is a must-have. This forklift is typically used in applications that require order picking without a pallet, light maintenance, or retail outlets. But what makes the EKM unique to other Jungheinrich order pickers?

Ergonomics:

Jungheinrich EKM 202 Small Parts Order Picker

This Jungheinrich EKM 202 is equipped with many features that benefit the operator’s comfort and safety. The EKM comes with a generous workstation that provides the operator comfort while driving and standing sideways to remove goods. The stand-on platform can be freely selected with the equipped sensor mat on the floor, providing maximum mobility in the workstation area. There is also an easy-to-use travel switch located on the right handles thumb position. While operating the EKM small order picker, the operator will feel safe and comfortable.

Productivity:

Jungheinrich EKM 202 Small Parts Order Picker at Ground Level

To make your job easier while operating, the EKM comes with a variety of options. The AC drive has a max speed of 5 mph to get you between jobs faster. It comes with two sorts of trays, a lower and upper tray for added storage and working space. Additionally, with the maintenance-free, 192-amp-hour battery, you’ll experience less downtime and more usage out of your machine. And when you run out of battery, connect the onboard charger to the closest wall outlet for an easy charge.

Awareness:

Elevated Jungheinrich EKM 202 Small Parts Order Picker

The Jungheinrich EKM has many factors that increase the operator’s awareness while on the job. The sturdy mast gives the order picker added stability even at max heights. The operator can feel safe in the compartment with automatic closing doors so the operator can only lift the platform when closed. Another great feature with this forklift is the adjustable storage tray that can add extra visibility and additional comfort while at elevated heights.


Want to learn more about the Jungheinrich EKM 202 small order picker? Contact us at 855-662-4379 for a quote!

Updated 5/23/2019

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Forklift Classes: What You Need To Know

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Forklift classes can get complicated, whether you have been working in the material handling industry your entire life or as a novice forklift operator. We created this guide to help you decide which forklift class is most important for your business or application.


Electric Motor Rider Trucks Class 1 Banner

Class I forklifts have electric motors and allow operators to operate them while standing or sitting. They use a heavy battery as their primary power source, which also serves as the counterbalance for the lift truck.

With options for either cushion or pneumatic tires, these trucks are highly versatile for any application. Pneumatic-tire models are intended for applications with uneven surfaces, like gravel, while cushion-tired trucks are best suited for flat, indoor surfaces like warehouses or large retail stores. Some benefits include being quieter, reduced fuel costs, usage in strict air quality applications, and lower maintenance costs.

Class I forklifts include CAT counterbalanced forklifts, Mitsubishi counterbalanced forklifts, and Junheinrich counterbalanced forklifts.

Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks Class 2 Banner

Class II forklifts have solid, cushion tires and are engineered specifically for smaller, indoor work environments. Several of these forklifts perform a specific job, designed with specific attachments.

The concept behind Class II forklifts is to increase the efficiency of space and speed of operation. Such forklifts include side loaders, order pickers, turret trucks, and reach trucks.

Electric Motor Hand or Hand & Rider Trucks Class 3 Banner

Class III forklifts, such as Mitsubishi walkies and Jungheinrich stackers, effectively transport products in the warehouse or retail stores at low lifting heights, either out of trailers to low-level racking or out to the retail floor.

These electric hand trucks are commonly used in applications that don’t require long distances or high lifting heights such as stores, small warehouses, or loading/unloading small trailers. Class III forklifts are controlled by a handle located in the back of the truck, hence being called an electric motor hand truck. The handle controls the speed, steering, and lifting.

Internal Combustion Engine Trucks & Cushion Tires Class 4 Banner

Class IV forklifts are commonly used to move goods from loading docks to elevated storage areas. They can be used outdoors but are favored in indoor warehouses due to their adverse traction on wet or uneven surfaces. Also, they are lower to the ground than most forklifts, providing a lower clearance.

Class IV forklifts operate on diesel, gasoline, LP gas or compressed natural gas. This class of forklifts is specific for equipment with cushion tires, which are designed to be driven on dry, smooth surfaces. Class IV forklifts include internal combustion, cushion tire CAT forklifts and Mitsubishi forklifts.

Internal Combustion Engine Trucks & Pneumatic Tires Class 5 Banner

Just like the forklifts in Class IV, these lift trucks use the same type of fuel but they utilize pneumatic tires and have a wider range usage. Class V forklifts include internal combustion, pneumatic tire CAT forklifts and Mitsubishi forklifts.

Pneumatic tires are designed for rugged applications, thus allowing it to be used on uneven surfaces like gravel, but they can also be used in indoor applications as well. They can be outfitted with special solid tires that reduce the chance of punctures. Class V forklifts are commonly used in outdoor applications like lumber yards, metal fabrication, stone yards, and industrial machinery.

Electric & Internal Combustion Engine Tractors Class 6 Banner

Particularly designed for pulling rather than lifting, Class VI forklifts are normally called “Tuggers.” Commonly used at airports, lugging baggage carts between terminals and planes, these lift trucks come in both internal combustion and electric choices.

An example of the Class VI forklift is the Jungheinrich EZS 720NA tow tractor.

Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks Class 7 Banner

Class VII forklift trucks are heavy-duty and typically have large tractor-like tires. These trucks are commonly used on applications that require additional power on rough terrains, like lumber yards or construction sites. This class of forklifts exclusively run on diesel and come in two and four-wheel drive options.

Also, they can have different types of masts, including a telescoping mast to give more reach. Other options for this class can be mounted on the back of large trucks and hauled between job sites.

Class VII rough-terrain forklifts examples include:


Do you have questions about what class of forklift would best fit your application? Give us a call at (855)-662-4379.

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OSHA Forklift Pre-Operational Inspection Checklist

From a single forklift to a whole fleet, a pre-operational inspection of your equipment is necessary on a daily basis. This OSHA Forklift Pre-Operational Inspection Checklist will help keep your equipment, workers, and company safe from any potential harms. Continue reading »

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Protect Your Forklift: Covers, Options, and Benefits

Your forklifts are investments, and it is important to protect these investments from inclement weather and everyday wear and tear. Some of the popular options include forklift seat covers, forklift cab covers, and covers that attach to forks. Check out some of the inexpensive options below:

Seat Covers:

It may sound simple, but adding a seat cover to your forklift will help protect it from wear and tear. Over time, seats exposed to water or the sun tend to crack and would eventually need replacing to keep your operators comfortable. The cost for a replacement seat over a seat cover is pennies to dollars and the simple investment can save you hundreds of dollars and hours of downtime. Typically seat covers are a nylon fabric that stretches over the seat for a simple and secure fit to your existing seat, providing more life to your seats and an extra layer of comfort.

Fork Covers:

Forklift forks get used for the most part and receive the heaviest damage during normal use. A way to help cut the cost of replacement forks are fork covers or sometimes called “fork socks”. Fork covers made of a heavy-duty nylon webbing made to cut scratches or damage from picking up loads. These covers are simple to install with connectors and offer a huge financial benefit when it comes to protecting the life of your forks.

Cab Covers:

Forklift cabs are hard to protect from things like dust, rain, or falling debris. Forklift cab covers can add a layer of protection to your forklift to cut those listed above. Cab covers are a plastic or vinyl material that is capable to oppose weather and other debris. With various sizes, depending on the forklift, these covers are simple to install. If you do various jobs in wet conditions, some covers come with a domed roof with channels and gutters to divert water. These covers can also be tinted for those who spend a large part of the day in the sun, which can offer UV protection to your drivers.

Forklift covers are a great way to protect your equipment. For more information contact one of our experts about these inexpensive covers!

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Jungheinrich ETG 214-318: Stand-up Counterbalance Forklift

This is the Stand-up Counterbalance Forklift that you have been waiting for! With significant ergonomic and performance improvements, the Jungheinrich ETG 214-318 is designed to impress.

Why use a Stand-up Counterbalance Forklift?

  1. Frequently On and Off the Truck
    When your operator must leave the truck to pull pick tickets, assemble, or shrink wrap loads, a Stand-Up Counterbalance lift truck may be your best choice. It is easy and quick to get on and off.
  2. Visibility
    Visibility is a huge safety concern when operating forklifts. Stand-up Counterbalance forklifts allow the operator to see when backing up and see without having to strain their neck or completely turn around.
  3. Reduce Aisle Widths
    The Stand-Up Counterbalance lift truck, by its basic design, operates in smaller aisles widths than a similar capacity 3- wheel sit-down truck, thus improving storage utilization within the facility.

Why Choose the Jungheinrich ETG 214-318?

Check out how the Jungheinrich ETG 214-318 stacked up against the competition:

  • 40% Less Energy Consumption
  • Lifting speeds on average are 35% faster
  • Lowering speeds are up to 28.2% faster
  • Acceleration is up to 12.7% faster
  • Top Speed is up to 22.4% faster
  • Ramp performance is 19.4% faster
  • Up to 20.6% more productive!

See the features below meant to make the operator more comfortable and the equipement easier to use, which will result in higher productivity and efficiency.

  • AC electric power steering
  • Easily adjustable suspended floorboard
  • Electric controlled adjustable armrest / backrest
  • 4” HD full-color display
  • Operator presence system
  • 1,000 hours service intervals
  • Easy access to internal components
  • curveCONTROL

We are confident that when you take the demo, you’ll love it.
Schedule yours today!

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Fallsway Wins MHEDA MVP Award: 7th Straight Year!

Fallsway Equipment has been awarded the prestigious MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award for 2019, based on their accomplishments in 2018.  This is the seventh time Fallsway Equipment has earned an MVP Award from the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association).

Award recipients must satisfy a rigorous set of criteria with less than 10% of the association’s membership earning the award.   As a 2019 MVP, Fallsway Equipment has successfully demonstrated a commitment to business excellence, professionalism, and good stewardship.

To qualify for the annual MVP Award companies are required to provide evidence of their commitment to their partners in business including their customers, employees, and suppliers.  They must satisfy criteria in the following important areas:

  • Industry Advocacy
  • Customer Service & Safety Practices
  • Business Networking
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Best Practices

Fallsway equipment is a family owned company that has been in the business since 1959.  We have  160 employees working between our Akron headquarters and Youngstown branch. 

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the only national trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling distributor.  MHEDA represents close 650 companies in the material handling equipment business.  Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices.  For more information, visit www.mheda.org.

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Jungheinrich EFG 2: Best 3-Wheeler on the Market

With plenty of 3-wheel, space compacted designed forklifts out on the market today,  there is no other 3-wheeler like the Jungheinrich EFG 2 series.  When it comes to cost savings and overall efficiency, Junghienrich perfected the bar with their EFG 2 series of electric 3-wheel pneumatic forklifts.


Reasons To Buy a Jungheinrich EFG 2:

DOUBLED SERVICE INTERVALS

The industry standard on performing planned maintenance (PM) intervals is close to every 500 hours.  The EFG 2 series, due to the efficient design from Jungheinrich, has a doubled interval to every 1,000 hours.  That means you will have 50% less downtime, thus saving you on maintenance costs and increased productivity.

EASY SERVICEABILITY

Another great benefit to the EFG 2 is how finely designed it is for service.  While you may have longer service intervals compared to other competitors, but when you do, the component’s are all in easy to access spots.  Jungheinrich designed the forklift with service in mind to help reduce downtime and costs over time.

2 SHIFTS ON 1 CHARGE

Jungheinrich has a focus on energy efficiency with all of their lift trucks and with many products they hold a guaranteed they will run 2 shifts on a 1 battery charge.

The EFG 2 forklift is one of the many products that offer this incredible energy efficiency.  Spend less time changing and recharging batteries during a shift and more time on moving your products.

  • Changing a battery can take up to 30 minutes on average which valuable time wasted during a shift.
  • In addition, you will need fewer batteries to run your fleet which can save space in your warehouse for product storage.

PREMIUM OPERATOR ERGONOMICS AND COMFORT FEATURES:

The EFG 2 series comes standard with some of the top ergonomic features to help your operators with long shifts.  Some of the top features include:

  • Low-Effort electric power steering.
  • No hydraulic components in the leg area to reduce noise and provide more leg room.
  • Ability to tilt and telescope steering column to match operator needs.
  • Essential controls all located on the adjustable armrest, allowing for intuitive control.
  • Solid pneumatic tires and full-suspension seat allowing for the more comfortable ride.

Want to learn more about the Jungheinrich EFG 2 series of electric forklifts?  Contact us at 330-633-6000 for more information!

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