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10 Tips to Become a Better Forklift Operator

Getting your forklift driver qualifications is the crucial first step to becoming a forklift operator – but there’s more to it than just that.

Health & Safety // 4 min read

What You Need To Know About Forklift Servicing and Maintenance

Are you keeping the forklifts in your fleet well maintained and fully serviced?

It’s definitely easier said than done – your operators are using the trucks all day long, from start of shift to end of shift – but ensuring your vehicles are in tip-top shape should be written into your company’s daily routine.

Material Handling // 5 min read

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose An Engine Forklift Truck

When it comes to choosing counterbalance forklifts you have two main options: powered by electricity or by an engine.

Some great things are being done with electrification and there are certainly places in your fleet for electric trucks, but there is still a lot to be said for internal combustion (IC) engines.

Whilst we certainly recommend embracing the future by going electric, we also strongly believe that every fleet can profit from a truck or two powered by an engine.

Here are five benefits of engine forklifts and why they can still be a useful addition to your operations.

Business Development // 4 min read

5 Ways Investing in Staff Could Save Your Forklift Fleet Money

There’s a tricky balancing act to operating as efficiently as possible while not breaking the bank. Fortunately, there are ways to do this – and it all starts with your staff.

If you want to get the absolute best out of your employees, then you should be prepared to give your best to them first. Remember: you’re a team, and if a team member is feeling left behind or is not up to the task (particularly when it comes to material handling), it can affect everybody around them – even the business itself.

Having the best people on board can help you to generate more revenue and is key to growing your operations. Here are five reasons why investing in your staff will save your forklift fleet money in the long run.

Business Development // 4 min read

The TCM FHB40-55: Our Newest Electric Truck

TCM is excited to announce the development of its newest electric forklift truck, the FHB40-55.

Designed to provide material handling operations with the highest standards in comfort, efficiency and safety, this
electric 4 wheel counterbalance truck offers all the power and handling of a traditional engine truck but with zero emissions and a low total cost of ownership.

Read on to discover all about its key design features and how your operations could benefit.

Interested in finding out more about the FHB40-55? Contact our team today.

Market-leading operator comfort

This new counterbalance truck is designed to be comfortable for operators and easy to use, even on the longest of shifts. As well as making the trucks more pleasant to operate, this can improve operator health and safety, reducing working days lost due to physical strain.

Ergonomic controls and seating allow operators to take control with minimal effort. The mini steering wheel provides precise control and means that visibility is better than in most forklifts.

The truck’s hydraulic levers are positioned for maximum comfort, and electronic finger-tip control means that operators can carry out every operation they need to, without needing to lift their hand — even if they’re wearing gloves.

This truck is also incredibly quiet. In fact, it runs almost silently and has the quietest hydraulic pump on the market. The noise pollution produced by many forklifts can make it difficult to think clearly and work efficiently. Not only does this lead to lower productivity levels, it can raise sickness levels and staff turnover. In this new truck, the near-silent operation means that your operators can work effectively without being affected by noise-related fatigue or stress.

The FHB is suitable for both indoor and outdoor operation. It has internal climate control to allow operators to easily adjust to their environment, with integrated air conditioning and instant heat. There is excellent ventilation, with windows that open easily when needed. And it’s showerproof to allow seamless outdoor working — whatever the weather.

Related read: 3 Ways to Balance Forklift Operator Comfort with Efficiency

Enhanced safety and security

The TCM FHB40-55 electric truck has an obstacle-free design that gives operators a clear, all-round view of their surroundings from the cabin, even when enclosed. There’s no need to lean dangerously to see what’s ahead — operators have full visibility without straining or stretching. The inside of the operator compartment is also deliberately made out of dark materials, which helps to reduce reflections on the windows that can impede vision.

Advanced driver assistance calculates and adjusts speeds automatically. The hill hold function prevents the truck from rolling backwards when on a ramp, and load sensing monitors the truck’s lift, tilt, speed and load weights to make automatic performance adjustments.

The lighting in the FHB is also particularly good, meaning that this forklift can be easily and safely used in any conditions, including low light and bad weather. The truck has mast, overhead guard and rear-mounted lights that illuminate the load and its surroundings, rather than the truck itself, allowing the operator to easily see what they’re working on at all times.

Safety lights activate automatically as needed depending on the direction of travel. They also define safe boundaries around the truck for nearby workers. And the driving lights allow flexible operation, with a low beam, front, stop and tail lights, optional beacon and indicators.

Related read: How our electric counterbalance range ensures operator safety

Built for power and efficiency


The TCM FHB40-55 electric truck is designed for energy efficiency — vital to lowering your total cost of ownership — while offering all the power of a large-engined vehicle. In this respect, the FHB40-55 handles much more like a large-engined diesel forklift to operate but with a quietness and efficiency that equivalent engine models cannot match.

The power boost accelerator can be activated for an instant power boost, such as when travelling uphill or for particularly heavy loads. The torque boost automatically adjusts the truck’s motor torque, improving performance by allowing it to maintain speed on ramps and inclines.

On top of this, the FHB40-55 comes with a choice of lead acid or lithium-ion batteries, so you can decide which battery type works best for your operation.

Easy for operators to use

The FHB40-55’s ease of use will be welcomed by operators and warehouse managers alike. Its clearly visible displays provide all the information operators need without distraction, including lifting and loading messages, alarms, and instructions, while its intuitive design means operators will be able to get the most out of the vehicles in as little time as possible.

The FHB40-55 also makes shift or operator changes easy, with quick release locks and 180-degree opening doors. For those with lead acid batteries, your battery changes and water level checks will be faster. Lithium-ion battery users will benefit from being able to charge their trucks without the need to open any of the doors.

Choose the right options for your operations

Whether you’re just starting down your electrification journey or you are looking to upgrade your existing electric fleet, the TCM FHB40-55 has much to offer.

Available in 6 different models, including a compact chassis model that’s ideal for tight spaces, and a high-performance model for intensive work, we’re confident you can find an FHB to meet your operational requirements. There are four capacities available: 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 and 5.5 tonnes.

Interested in finding out more about this FHB40-55? Click the button below to contact our team.

Also, please note that some features mentioned may be options. Please consult your dealer representative for full details.


Material Handling // 5 min read

Warehouse Management: How Fleet Managers Have Adapted to Global Change

"The times, they are a-changing" in the warehousing and supply chain industries. If you have been feeling the pressure of the rise of eCommerce, along with the radical changes to working practices brought about by Covid-19, you're not alone. The question is, how have other warehouse and forklift fleet managers handled the situation? Is there advice that would benefit the industry as a whole – and how can you adapt in ways that will future-proof your operations?

Electric vs. Gas or Diesel Forklifts: Which One is Right for the Job?

As soon as you start investigating forklift trucks for your fleet, you'll see a range of different power options. The market used to be dominated by diesel, but now LPG/gas and electric-powered forklifts are easily available. (Under the electric heading, you'll also see different battery types, for example Lithium-ion). So are there pros and cons for each? Which one should you choose? 

Material Handling // 6 min read

Electric Forklift FAQ: How to Get Great ROI and Cut Material Handling Costs

Investing in electric forklift trucks makes great environmental sense, but what are the costs involved? An electric fleet could actually help you cut your material handling expenses, yet there are still some misconceptions about what electric trucks can offer.

Electrification // 6 min read

First Look: New TCM Powered Pallet Trucks

Looking to expand your pallet truck fleet as the warehousing industry grows? TCM has just expanded its range in response to customer and market demand. 

Material Handling // 5 min read

5 Common Forklift Driving Mistakes You Shouldn't Ignore

There's no getting around it: unsafe forklift driving can result in serious accidents. The British Safety Council says that 25% of workplace transport injuries result directly from forklift truck accidents, and these injuries can be life-changing. 

As an employer, you would be liable for employee medical costs in the event of an accident. These can run from £40,000-£200,000, but legal and other costs can also escalate. That's why it's in everyone's interest to ensure forklift driving safety – to protect your workers, drivers, fleet and your business too.

With that in mind, read on for 5 forklift driving mistakes you shouldn't ignore.

Related Read: The True Cost of Forklift Accidents Revealed

Material Handling // 4 min read

5 Electric Forklift Maintenance Tips to Protect Your Equipment

Maintaining your electric forklift fleet is essential to ensure the longevity of your equipment, maximise uptime and keep costs down. Read on to discover the top five electric forklift maintenance tips you need to know.

Electrification // 5 min read

Manufacturing 101: Essential Equipment and Considerations You Need to Know

If you’re running a manufacturing operation, there are a number of different types of material handling equipment you need to know. Discover how the correct equipment can optimise daily activities, enhance operator productivity, reduce costs and more.

Material Handling // 4 min read

What's Your Electrification Roadmap? (Plus Free Checklist)

Electrification // 5 min read

Amvar x Lift West Join Forces to Become Altegra

On 2nd September 2020, Amvar and Lift West officially joined forces to become Altegra Integrated Solutions Limited, a national provider of material handling and integrated solutions. We caught up with Malcolm Mitchell, Managing Director and Chris Exley, Sales Director at Altegra to find out more.

Insider // 4 min read

The Future of Material Handling in the Age of Electrification

Today’s world is constantly evolving, as new technologies emerge and businesses find new ways to innovate and change. In the material handling industry, electric fleets are set to transform business practices and encourage new ways of working.

Electrification // 5 min read

5 Ways to Optimise Your Operation and Plan Your Future Forklift Fleet

Planning for the future can feel overwhelming at times. But when it comes to your forklift fleet and material handling equipment, making an investment now can pay dividends later on. In this article, we reveal how you can optimise your operation.

Material Handling // 5 min read

How Big Data Can Unlock Your Fleet Management

At TCM, we know first-hand that the material handling industry is full of surprises. And as new technologies emerge, the possibilities are endless. In this article, we explore the impact of big data on fleet management. Read on to find out more.

Fleet Management // 4 min read

Demystifying 2030: What the EU Stage V Emissions Regulations Could Mean for You

2030 marks a significant period of change in the material handling industry and beyond. But what will the EU Stage V emissions regulations look like in practice, and how can your business prepare? Read on to find out more.

Business Development // 6 min read

Emerging Material Handling Industry Trends You Need to Know

During the next decade and beyond, material handling businesses can expect to see a significant shift in how their operations are run and how they do business with partners and suppliers. Read on to discover the material handling industry trends that are transforming business practices.

Business Development // 5 min read

TCM Launch Stage V-Compliant FD 20-35 and FD/FGE 40-55 Engine Counterbalance Forklifts

At TCM, we’re delighted to announce the launch of our new FD 20-35 and FD/FGE 40-55 Engine Counterbalance Forklifts. Both truck models are compliant with EU Stage V emissions regulations, without compromising on performance. Learn more.

Insider // 5 min read

How TCM Reach Truck Forklifts Enhance Operator Comfort and Safety

At TCM, we know that people-centric technology creates a happier, more productive workforce. That’s why our reach truck forklifts adapt perfectly to the individual operator’s needs. Read on to discover how they could benefit your business.

Material Handling // 4 min read

Supercharge Your Operation's Efficiency with TCM's FHB 4-Wheel Electric Counterbalance Truck

Running a safe and efficient operation is crucial to your business’ success, helping you to maintain consistent output and keep costs low. TCM’s FHB 4-Wheel Electric Counterbalance truck is the ideal energy-efficient solution to help you achieve this.

Material Handling // 4 min read

Improve Your Operators' Efficiency with TCM's Pallet Stacker Trucks

Pallet stackers are incredibly versatile machines, making them ideal for warehouse use. Read on to discover how TCM pallet stackers could transform your operations.

Material Handling // 4 min read

Product Spotlight: How TCM's FB Electric 3-4 Wheel Counterbalance Truck Ensures Operator Comfort

Operator safety and comfort has never been more important. Can you confidently say you’re offering your operators the best handling experience? Discover how TCM’s new, improved FB Electric 3-4 Wheel Counterbalance truck could help.

Counterbalance // 3 min read

3 Ways to Balance Forklift Operator Comfort and Efficiency for Heavy-Duty Applications

Health and safety remain crucially important, particularly the need to balance your operators’ comfort with their efficiency when using ICE trucks for heavy-duty applications. Discover how to strike the right balance.

Efficiency // 3 min read

How Our Electric Counterbalance Range Ensures Operator Safety

Our Electric Counterbalance range has been designed to balance operator safety,  comfort, and efficiency for optimum warehouse performance. Read on to discover the latest safety features we’ve added and how they keep operators up and running.


safety // 3 min read

Lead-Acid or Lithium-Ion: What's Powering Your Warehouse?

With a broad range of batteries on the market and conflicting information on each, it can be difficult knowing which battery type is best suited to your business. Is lithium-ion the battery of the future, or are better options available?

Batteries // 4 min read

5 Reasons to Switch from ICE to Electric Forklift Trucks

Switching to electric forklift trucks can enable your business to significantly reduce the total cost of ownership and streamline day-to-day operations.

Batteries // 3 min read

Forklift Charging Station Power Requirements Explained

Whether you’re running one electric forklift truck or an entire forklift fleet, your warehouse needs a designated forklift charging station. Discover how to make your charging room practical, compliant, and safe.

Batteries // 3 min read

How TCM Electric Counterbalance Trucks Are Transforming Warehouse Operations

Electrification is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. With our electric counterbalance truck range, it’s never been easier to make the switch.

Efficiency // 3 min read

How TCM Forklifts Helped to Transform Heineken's Operation

In 2016, Heineken Hungary partnered with logistics specialist Nagoya to streamline its forklift operation. Discover how adopting our electric trucks led to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, improved efficiency, and reduced their TCO.

Case Studies // 3 min read

The True Cost of Forklift Accidents Revealed

In addition to human injury, the true cost of forklift accidents includes downtime, stalled production, damaged stock, and damages to machinery and other equipment — all impacting revenue.

safety // 4 min read

First Look: FD 60-100 Diesel Counterbalance Truck Relaunch

This month saw the exciting relaunch of our FD 60-100 diesel counterbalance truck model. Explore its new and improved features and updated look here.

Efficiency // 3 min read

Increase Fuel Efficiency by Choosing the Right Forklift Battery

With so many different battery types on the market, it can be difficult knowing whether you’re using the most cost-efficient option. Discover how to boost fuel efficiency and reduce the TCO of your fleet.

Batteries // 5 min read

Preventing Common Forklift Accidents in Your Workplace

Forklifts are one of the most useful pieces of equipment in a modern warehouse. With some forklifts able to lift and shift up to 5000kg, they make moving heavy and awkward items that was once a full day’s job—if possible at all—into a straightforward, manageable task.

safety // 6 min read

Improving Operator Efficiency by Creating Comfortable Working Environments

Operator safety is one of the most important considerations when it comes to investing in a new forklift for your business. However, businesses often become preoccupied with preventing major injuries to pedestrians and operators in the workplace, but overlook day-to-day injuries to operators that can have a long lasting impact on their workforce.

safety // 7 min read

What Forklift Size Should You Be Using?

So you’ve had your forklift truck for a year, and everything has been running smoothly. However, changes are coming. You’ve just received an email for your supplier letting you know that they're changing their packaging sizes. Will your forklift be the right size after the change?

safety // 2 min read

Seasonal Forklift Problems: How Was Your Christmas Rush?

The last few months of the year can be particularly busy for every industry. Whether you're in retail distribution, wholesale, manufacturing, or the food and drink industry, the latter of the year presents a different challenge. The seasonal increase in demand for goods before the year's end means that few people experience a lightened workload before getting merry for the holidays.

Efficiency // 2 min read
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