When it comes to handling a wide variety of materials in a supply chain or warehouse, you can’t limit yourself to standard pallet forklifts. To satisfy customer needs, or diversify your offerings, you should be able to move and stock a variety of orders. That may require different types of forklifts, or at least specialized forklift attachments.
As the leader in Indiana forklift parts and accessories, Tynan is here to help you figure out which forklift attachments might best help you in your work.
Probably the most common attachment are forklift sideshifters. These allow both forks to move side by side horizontally to better align with pallets. This lets the lift operator make small adjustments in racking without having the move the entire lift truck around.
Similar to sideshifters, forklift fork positioners let the tines move horizontally, but in a different way. Fork positioners let you move the tines closer together or further apart, letting an operator adjust to different types of pallets or handle nonstandard material.
Like the name implies, fork rotators allow the plane of the fork tines to rotate in either direction. These allow for dumping or repositioning of lopsided pallets, without the need for a specialized lift truck or personnel.
There are several types of forklift clamp attachments, but they all accomplish the same basic task: gripping and handling large, non-standard sized loads. The most common forklift clamps you’ll find include:
Push-Pull attachments or just “push pulls” are a space-saving attachment that let you stack materials without the need for pallets. Using a flat surface and a pushing edge, push-pulls allow an operator to slide orders off onto slip sheets.
Multi-pallet handlers are attachments that allow a forklift to lift two pallets simultaneously using multiple fork tines. Operators must be aware that multi-pallet handlers do not increase the load capacity of any forklift.
Equipment managers and forklift operators should know more about forklift attachment than just what they do. Here are a few things that your team should always keep in mind when dealing with them.
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