Product focus: Toyota 8FD25 forklift in melon country

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Dawsons Melons proprietor Brett Dawson is using a 2.5-tonne Toyota 8-Series combustion counterbalanced forklift on his watermelon farm in the Northern Territory.

He says he was originally looking for a second hand tractor, and visited the Toyota Material Handling Australia branch in Darwin to see what was available to him.

"At first I wasn't sure which brand to look at, but the Toyota forklifts were recommended to me by one of the local transport operators here," Dawson says.

"I was thinking of a second-hand forklift, but after having a look around and discussing my needs with the sales staff I realised a new forklift was the right option for me.

"I like to keep all of my equipment for a long time rather than trading it in every few years, so I'm happy to invest in a quality Toyota forklift that will give me years of reliable service."

Dawson ended up choosing an 8 Series lift truck with a load capacity of 2.5 tonnes, the 8FD25.

"It's fairly simple to use and operate," he says. "It does the job quickly and without any fuss."

The Toyota 8-Series forklifts have a number of innovative featutes, including System of Active Stability technology, an Operator Presence Sensing safety system, Active Mast Function / Automatic Fork Levelling controls, and a ‘Wide View Mast’ for improved visibility.

Also aiding visibility is a lower instrument panel and a relocated display.

Dawson says after-sales support was also a factor in his decision to go with a Toyota forklift — he is situated about 300km south of Darwin, where mechanical assistance isn’t often available if an immediate issue arises.

"You might find a forklift from another brand for a lower price up front, but what do you do when things go wrong?" he asks. ""You could be left high and dry with no support, and out here that's a big problem."

Dawson’s Melons has been supplying wholesale seedless watermelons since its establishment in 1989, but moved to a new location near Katherine in the Territory in 2002.

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