Forklift Forks - It's All About Safety


Okay, a separate fork for a salad really is pointless. It's typically just smaller, which doesn't improve the function of eating at all. But when it comes to forklift forks, size really does matter...and one size definitely does not fit all. Now that we've exhausted all the pertinent cliches, let's talk about forklift fork extensions.

Forklift forks unfortunately can be a regularly overlooked component in regard to service and repair of a forklift, even though they arguably play the most vital role in its purpose. And if the forks can tend to be an afterthought, how much more so the forklift fork extensions? If a forklift owner or operator is knowledgeable about the importance of correct forklift fork dimensions for safe load carrying, they will always refer to the carefully developed standard code of specifications depicting safe load weight and size capacities.

The most common specification for forklift forks are for length, width, and height. Comparing these specs against the application of the forklift can help determine the right fork extensions to do the job safely and accurately. For example, say you want to buy a set of used forklift forks to save money. That's perfectly reasonable and many dealers offer used forklift forks for sale. What you need to first determine is what kind of load your forklift forks will be bearing. Just because a set of forklift forks will attach to your lift, doesn't mean they will be able to handle the load you require. At ACT, a base capacity forklift rated at 3,000 pounds has the same carriage classification (weight class) as a 5,000 pounds capacity forklift. But some others may state the same carriage class from 3,000 to 6,000 pounds capacity. So even though a set of forks may attach, they could be dangerously off on the capacity. So you will want to make sure your used forklift forks meet the correct capacity for your jobs before you purchase.

Also, you'll want to make sure your used forklift forks are at least 75% of the intended loaded item length. A standard length for most forks is 42 inches, which allows for a nice safety buffer for product that may not have been loaded properly and it also takes potential "overhang" into consideration. So, know your forklift fork dimensions in relation to the project needs before you buy. Speaking of being extra cautious, did you realize that the undersides, or heels, of a forklift wear faster than other parts? Now that you're thinking about it, of course they do, right? They are making floor contact continuously after all. That fact unfortunately results in further reducing the amount of weight a forklift fork can safely carry. Ten percent wear can reduce capacity by as much as 20%. It will require a good set of calipers to measure for this, but well worth the effort.

There is a lot to consider when planning to replace forklift parts. If you've been looking for new or used forklift forks for sale, or forklift fork covers, or forklifts themselves, give the experienced pros at Atlantic Coast ToyotaLift a call today. As your local forklift dealer, we offer equipment for rent, purchase, or lease. Visit us at one of our convenient locations, or online, where you'll find a complete section on ACT forklift products and much more.