Forklift trucks are used throughout the world and are a key part of many businesses from a wide range of industries. They are used primarily to move heavy pieces of equipment, stock or produce from one place to another. The quality of forklifts varies and different types suit different applications. You’ll be surprised what exactly they can actually lift. If a business is completely reliant on them then it’s essential that the forklift truck is looked after and maintained regularly.
Sometimes forklift attachments are required to lift a particular type of equipment or to gain access to an area which is high up off the ground. An access platform is perfect for lifting a person using the forklift truck and can usually hold up to two people. Access platforms are used frequently in warehouses to undertake stock taking and ensures the operator is safe at all times as many forklift platforms have an automatic gate locking mechanism.
Other forklift attachments include Jibs which come in a few different formats. A fork mounted jib will attach to the end of a forklift and are ideal for lifting products which do not need to be palletised. A cross mounted jib on the other hand provides support to the load by the truck length. Perfect for wide products, which need to be transported safely.
Yet another popular forklift attachment is a drum grab which like the name implies are used to move drums and cylinders. Drum grabs or drum handlers, as they are sometimes referred to can handle single and dual loads. Entry level models are built for low volume movements and are ideal for lifting steel drums which have high mass to volume of contents. A good example would be metals and powders.
Forklift booms are often used to move products like carpets. The long steel pole attaches to the forklift truck and allowing the carpet to be moved with considerable ease. Booms vary in quality and as with any forklift attachment the higher the quality the more likely it is to last longer. Forklift booms are also used to carry coils around factories and are often used to lift through cardboard and steel.
Finally, fork extensions are popular attachments and are used to lift stock or products which don’t fit on standard forks. Forklift extensions tend to be heavy duty and do very in size depending on what it is that’s being lifted. If the forklift truck has a long drop before the carriage then a fork extension with a closed based is ideal as it will prevent the extension from rising when the load is applied to the end.