UniCarriers Forklifts – San Diego

While the UniCarriers name has only been around a short while, the story of our company is, in reality, the history of three companies that span more than 100 years.

Barrett Industrial Trucks was founded in 1914, and was a pioneer in bringing a new generation of electric powered equipment to the material handling market.

TCM founded the forklift manufacturing industry in Japan, producing the first ever Japan-made forklift in 1949.

UniCarriers Forklift began operations in 1957, and with its acquisition of Barrett in 1988 becomes the first Japanese manufacturer of all five classes of material handling equipment in the U.S.

Today, UniCarriers provides forklifts throughout the world. The UniCarriers Americas facility in Marengo, Illinois, sets the benchmark for all of our worldwide manufacturing locations. And we continue to push the envelope, bringing new technology and innovation to our equipment…and the material handling industry.

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All of the features you see below are either exclusive to our forklifts or provide distinct advantages over those offered on competitive lift trucks. What is truly impressive about this list is its length — the sheer number of innovations that we have brought to forklifts, and the positive impact they’ll produce in every facet of your business.

K21 and K25 Engines:
Superior reliability, power and performance combined with low emissions and exceptional fuel economy
The Nomad:
The only forklift specifically designed to excel in both indoor and outdoor environments.
engine nomad
Stability Cushion Control:
A simple, extremely effective design that requires no maintenance.
5-Piece Overhead Guard:
75% faster to replace than competitive units — and far less costly.
cushion control overhead guard
LP Tank Change:
A bracket swings out 90º, then pulls down for faster, easier tank replacement.
OptiView® Mast:
Produces clearer sightlines for loading, unloading and traveling.
lp tank change optiview
Powertrain Protection System:
Automatically reduces travel and lift speed in the event of excessive heat or loss in oil pressure.
On-Board Diagnostics:
Self-contained on-board diagnostics and a multi-function LCD display — no laptop or tablet is needed.
powertrain on board diagnostics
Carbon Monoxide (CO) levels three times lower than those of a major competitor based on 2014 certification results from the California Air Resources Board.
Ground Speed Control:
Maximum pre-sets to adhere to corporate safety requirements.
emissions speed
Single Handle Control:
Combines both lift and tilt functions for faster, easier, more fluid control.
Controlled Acceleration:
Restricts acceleration rate to maximize fuel economy and minimize tire spin.
engine acceleration

Vertically-Mounted High-Performance AC Motors:

For better heat dissipation and ease of service.
Laser Cut Fork Designs:
Resist cracking.
engine laser cut fork
Full Length Angle Iron Fork Reinforcement:
Provides increased strength and rigidity.
Reinforced, Maintenance-Free Fork Tips:
Manufactured from alloy steel for easier pallet entry and exit.
reinforced angle reinforced tips
Adjustment-Free Solid Steel Tie Rods:
Forks raise and lower evenly all the time.
Load Wheels With Dual Ball Bearings:
Improved longevity and less maintenance.
steel tie rod load wheels
Push Design Lift Linkage:
The solid steel tie rods are never exposed to prevent damage while driving on uneven surfaces.
Industry’s Largest Operator Platform:
Provides additional comfort and safety on walkie models.
lift linkage operator platform
Smart Electric Brakes:
Regenerative motor torque.
smart breaks