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Pushing Loads

While we like to point out that forklifts are meant to lift products, pushing of loads is common. Using Beluga design forks makes this maneuver safer due to the additional height of the fork material at the tip. Hence less damage to wood pallets.

Beluga Tip

 

Upside-Down Forklift Forks

Upside-down forks are used where additional lift height is required. Due to the resulting forces, it may be necessary to reinforce the fork hooks. In addition, they can be stiffened by a gusset plate. Standard forks should never be used in this manner as the load-bearing upper hook has capacity than the lower hook. Call to discuss your application.

Upside down forks

 

 

Fork Sox Cushion

While most procure Fork Sox™ as a means to protect the product from the effects of coming in contact with the forks of their forklift, there are situations where Fork Sox™ can cushion a load making it less likely to roll or slide. That is an application that has to be determined by the end-user. Other factors might include the configuration of the part being carried, environmental considerations, and operator expertise. the compression of Fork Sox™ will help resist a product from rolling due to a great amount of inertia, but again, these are designed to be used with a LIFT truck, not a PUSH truck.

Gekko Highlights

Quoting the manufacturer Gekko Magnetic covers offer:

  • Ideal protection for loads 
  • Easily placed and removed within a few seconds
  • Magnetic adhesion on the forks 
  • Higher occupational safety: minimized risk of slipping loads 
  • Reduction of damages and protection of sensitive surfaces 
  • Less vibrations 
  • Noise reduction, especially when transporting metal components 
  • Abrasion and cut resistance for a long operating life 
  • Also suitable for pallet trucks 
  • Easy attachment on the lift truck (e.g. on the mast) when not in use 
  • For temporary use

Vetter Gekko

 

OP Trucks all the same?

It always starts with a survey. The differences matter in proper fitting on your orderpicker. There are no standards. I have yet to come across an orderpicker with something other than 4" wide forks, conversely, Hyster/Yale's forks are 1.75" thick, Crown 2.0" thick, and Raymond/Toyota is 1.5". Standard lengths also are listed with differences in manufacturer's spec sheets that are available online.

Pallet clamp widths are not shown on spec sheets and within brands, there are new options.

The outside to outside fork ranges are also different, in fact, one brand list a different range for 24-volt trucks vs 36-volt trucks, I can't explain it. In fleets that have been in service for some time, there is also the possibility that someone on the 3rd shift ran into something and changed the width dimensions.

It starts with a survey click here

Why Poly Clad Fork Extensions

The main thought of Poly Clad Fork Extensions' development was to come up with a way to cover forks in sizes not covered by Poly Load Protectors. Combining fork extensions of the same length as the forks and poly coat the extensions. Advantages are optional use (vs permanently coating the fork), reducing downtime of the forklift (coating of fork takes about 3 weeks), and we can fit virtually any size fork.

Save Fork Wear

Recent discussion suggested Fork Sox™ brand fork covers might prevent forklift fork wear since they cover the bottom as well as the top & sides of forks. Not a serious proposal for the product, but an amusing thought on a slow day.

Fork Sox™ Application

Fork Sox™ brand forklift fork covers are excellent in handling painted products due to the non-metallic construction and they cover the top, bottom, and sides of the forks. 

Green Benefits

Pallet Dawg results in a more sustainable operation

Being green reduces all sorts of waste.

The cost of waste goes far deeper than the cost of disposal of busted skids or damaged product. Just consider the additional costs associated with:

• Unrealized sales

• Reduced productivity spent on non-value added issues

• Processing of product and paperwork

• Rework and claims processing

 

 
 

Long Forks

If you have to handle a fair amount of long loads. consider getting long forks in lieu of using fork extensions. We have 6', 7' and 8' long forks in stock in most common widths and hook mounting classes. More stable load handling and safety would be the main reasons for long forklift forks.

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