While forks typically handle and lift your loads, there may be a need for another attachment. Adding an attachment to your forklift may be the solution to add more flexibility and efficiency to your business. When selecting an attachment, consider how the load should be handled, the weight and height, and the hydraulic functions that will be used. Forklift attachments can create a large return on investment, but your forklift operators will need to be trained on how to use these attachments. With the addition of the right attachments, higher-productivity and less operator stress can save time and money.
1. Forklift Positioners
Forklift positioners alter the distance between forks to reposition to fit the diverse styles of pallets. The quick hydraulically-powered attachment makes operators’ work an easier process by adjusting for the range of sizes with less work.
This attachment works alongside the forks to provide a side-to-side motion to allow the forks to pick up loads that are not centered. Side-shifters adds precision to the process with less wear and tear on forks and forklift. They are available in both single and double units, so drivers can move one or two pallets.
When needing to dump a load or when load inversion is obligatory, rotators offer the flexibility to do so. They are capable of rotating 360 degrees through hydraulically-driven mechanism. These can be added to uprights, so operators have the ability to unload into other containers easily.
4. Carton Clamps
For square slip-sheet loads, carton clamps are perfect for firmly clamping on to the load. The large and flat side-plates and the two-way cylinders allow for materials to be handling precisely without damage. This attachment is for pallet-less loads, and it can increase the amount of storage space with the removal of pallets.
5. Paper Roll Clamps
Paper roll clamps are upright attachments used to move round shaped objects, like drums or “paper rolls”. The attachment is built to prevent crushing, denting, or any other form of damage to the materials being transported.
6. Push/Pall Pac
Push/Pull Pac removes the need for pallets. The attachments are placed on slip sheets that have a lip on them. The load is removed by a pushing motion by the forks. It is commonly used to load vehicles and in food-processing warehouses.
7. Flat Surface Clamps
Similar to paper roll clamps, flat surface clamps operate in the same motion. Instead the attachment is used for items with flat sides, but they still offer damage prevention. They are commonly used to move appliances, such as washers, dryers, and refrigerators.
8. Multiple Load Handlers
When loads require double or triple the amount of work, multiple load handlers can be used to increase work flow and productivity. Adding a second or third pair of forks to the truck allows for more than one load to be transported at a time. This attachment is often used in beverage and food handling warehouses.
9. Carpet Poles
One of the most unique and specific attachments is the carpet pole. It is constructed of heavy duty coils to move large rolls of carpet.