There are many types of forklift attachments available these days. The right forklift attachments have many benefits to improve your productivity, such as reduced load moving times, less risk of damaging items, improved fuel consumption, and decreased forklift operator hours. So how do you choose the best attachment?
The first thing you need to check is whether the attachment rating is appropriate for your forklift. The forklift attachment manufacturer or their agent provides the rating and they are always marked clearly on the rating plate, together with all of the other information about the attachment and its capabilities and capacity.
Always secure attachments properly to the forklift according to manufacturer instructions using the manufacturer-supplied chains or pins, specifically designed for this purpose.
Forklift extensions such as the fork spreader with load guard increase the length and/or width of the forklift tines so that you can carry longer or wider loads. Most forklift extensions slip over your existing tines and are secured using a pin. A general rule for what length of slipper attachment to get is that tine length must cover two thirds of slipper length.
Drum grabs allow the forklift to pick up a variety of types of drums. There are different designs, for example, band types to pick up the middle of metal drums and parrot types that grab the drum by its top lip.
Adding a forklift attachment provides many benefits but there are some risks. Forklifts can overturn and loads can fall, placing forklift operators and pedestrians at risk. Some useful safety tips are:
Train forklift operators to use the attachments and provide full information about the attachments and their risks
Know how your attachment affects overall forklift operation
Be aware of changes to stability and lift capacity
Use approved attachments for performing specific tasks and have their rated capacity and safety information provided
Check the forklift manual to make sure the attachment is safe for your forklift
Forklift capacity might need de-rating and operating controls restricted when using some attachments