ELECTRIC FORKLIFT STORY: OCEAN EIGHT WINERY: A TOAST TO THEIR SUCCESS WITH TOYOTA FORKLIFTS
A boutique winery on Victoria's Mornington peninsula is reaping the benefits of upgrading to a new Toyota forklift with a custom-built attachment that delivers significant benefits in the busy harvesting season.
Ocean Eight Winery general manager and winemaker Mike Aylward said the decision was recently made to upgrade to the new Toyota 8FBN25 8-Series battery-electric forklift after the winery's needs had been well served by a much older Toyota forklift.
"We had a great older forklift that could be described as a relic," he said. "It gave us an excellent run but at 30 years of age it was time to move on."
Mr Aylward said Ocean Eight's forklift is used for general warehouse duties but also takes on a demanding and critical role during harvesting.
"The forklift is very much used in the processing side of our winery. Fruit is delivered in 500kg bins which the forklift lifts and then rotates into our grape press or grape destemmer. As we process around 90 tonnes of fruit a year it is vital we have a reliable forklift doing this work."
Ocean Eight Winery general manager and winemaker Mike Aylward with the winery's modified Toyota 8FBN25 forklift.