Toyota Material Handling announced the release of its new EZ Control Joystick, which optimizes  productivity for its electric forklifts by placing the hydraulic controls into a single intuitive feature. The durable ISO-style joystick features an ergonomic design, intuitive axis-based pivot and strategic button placement, the company says. The redesigned joystick features multi-function capabilities and enables forklift operators to minimize downtime and increase productivity by allowing workers to control all the necessary functions outside of braking and travel. The built-in controls on the side of the armrest enhance comfort and functionality and enables the use of two functions at once, such as lift and tilt, it says. Other features include a travel direction switch with an option to add a steering column-mounted directional switch; lift and lower forks, along with a forward and backward tilt; two auxiliary controls for use as a side shift or as a fork position; auto fork leveling; and a horn button.

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