There are several intricate moving parts on the forklifts you employ, but what gets the most wear and tear at the end of the day are the forks themselves. Both a precision tool for picking orders and a powerhouse for lifting, the forks are susceptible to more punishment than any other part of the lift truck. The worst damage can result in breaks or bends in the forks, which can make them unsafe for use.
So how do you know if your forklift forks are bent, and what can you do about it?
If a forklift tine is bent to the point where it would affect the lift mechanism or cause a safety concern, you can usually see it with the naked eye. But a forklift tine could bend on any axis, and it may only be visible from one angle, so be sure that all your forklift operators do a quick visual inspection of the forklift tines prior to operating. Just remember that the angle of your forks should never exceed 93°. And when they do, they should be replaced with new parts.
The most common causes of bent forklift tines are collisions, overloading, or improper loading.
You or your forklift operators may also notice forklift tines slowly bending over time, which can lead to difficulty in slotting into pallets because the forks are off-kilter. If you notice a gradual bend, it’s likely that you’re overloading the forklift, or the forks may have been improperly attached to the forklift carriage.
First off, you should never try to repair bent forks. Whether by heating and bending, welding or with a hydraulic press, the fact is that the integrity of the steel was compromised, and reshaping it won’t make it like new. Once bent, it will never have the strength it originally did, and you’ll never know the actual capacity of it – meaning you’re taking a risk every time you use it.
One thing to keep in mind is that bent forks could be a sign of more structural damage. If a forklift was overloaded, there could be damage to the lifting mechanism, mast, or rollers that you may not have noticed yet. Bent forks could be a canary in the coal mine for further issues.
Reshaping the fork is dangerous, and doesn’t really work like some DIYers think it might. On top of that, it goes against OSHA regulations for forklift maintenance. The best bet is to let the certified experts at Tynan fit you with a set of new, uncompromised forks.
At Tynan we service equipment from Yale, Drexel, Cushman, Bendi, Sellick and more. We can quickly replace any bent or broken forklift forks, and get you back up and running. Contact our material handling experts by calling 317-597-4003.
We’ve seen and been part of a number of forklift rodeos in Indiana over the years. Here are 3 suggestions for forklift rodeo activities from our team! Learn More
For the same loadcapacity, forklifts differ in 3 main ways. Learn about the differences betweenelectric forklifts and internal combustion trucks in Indiana.
For the same loadcapacity, forklifts differ in 3 main ways. Learn about the differences betweenelectric forklifts and internal combustion trucks in Indiana.Learn More
Buying or leasingyour first forklift in Indiana? Planning an addition to your fleet? Here are 3things every warehouse manager needs to know. Learn More
Facilities managers want to keep their floor clean to meet standards and to maintain their equipment. Here’s your guide to floor cleaning equipment in Indiana. Learn More
It’s essential to keep your floor cleaning equipment functioning efficiently. Here are 3 tips to maintain your floor cleaning equipment in Indiana. Learn More
There are telltale signs that let you know that your business is ready for an upgrade in material handling equipment. Are you seeing any of these symptoms in your business? Learn More
Tynan offers a range of specialty forklift solutions—from narrow aisle forklifts & telescopic boom trucks to special orders like explosion-proof forklifts. Learn More
Tynan Equipment Company’s annual family picnic showed our appreciation for the hard work of our employees and their families on behalf of Indiana's forklift authority. Learn More
OSHA-compliant training is required for all Indiana forklift operators. Get the basics of forklift training with help from Tynan Equipment Co. Learn More
Depending on your forklift engine, age, or type its maintenance schedule can differ. Find out how often your equipment needs service with help from Indiana’s forklift authority. Learn More
Different forklift engine types can provide unique advantages. See how propane forklifts can make Indiana facilities more efficient today. Learn More
Walk-behind floor sweepers are efficient, quiet, and maneuverable. See if a walking sweeper is right for your Indiana business. Learn More
To buy or to rent a forklift? That’s the question many Indiana businesses face. Figure out your answer with help from Tynan Equipment of Indiana. Learn More
Warehouse Tugs and Indiana Personnel Carriers offer your warehouse several benefits, but you need to be informed before buying new or used material handling equipment. Learn More
Warehouse equipment isn’t all about forklifts and pallet jacks. Learn about the smaller equipment and warehouse accessories that Indiana businesses need. Learn More
Tynan Equipment Company makes renting a forklift in Indiana fast and easy. Here's how to rent material handling equipment in Indy, Lafayette, Ft. Wayne and beyond. Learn More
Combination sweeper-scrubbers are more efficient than most other floor cleaners. See why Indiana facilities choose them for their floor cleaning jobs. Learn More
Looking to rent a cherry picker in Indianapolis or another type of aerial lift throughout Indiana? Let Tynan help you figure out the right tool for the job. Learn More
Even though each Indiana retail warehouse is different, most need a forklift to manage their inventory. What forklift is right for your needs? Learn More
When a forklift goes down and out of commission, it can be a huge detriment to your Indiana warehouse. Here are some steps to minimize downtime. Learn More
Many Indiana forklift operators have health risks related to muscle strain, neck and back pain, or injury from accidents. Ergonomic design, proper training, and a good night’s sleep should lessen the problems. Learn More
Forklifts are becoming safer and more efficient with the help of technology. So how will the newest forklift tech trends benefit your Indiana warehouse? Learn More
Traditional battery charging may be the most predictable charging methods, but it can be cumbersome and dangerous. Opportunity charging is much more flexible but can shorten the lifespan of a battery. Which charging method is right for your Indiana warehouse? Learn More
You need a sweeper or scrubber to keep your floors clean, but what kind do you get? A walk-behind sweeper; a ride-on scrubber; or a combination model -- the possibilities seem endless. Learn More
If it’s your first time renting a forklift for your business or warehouse in Indiana, we’re here to help. Here are several tips to help you know the best forklifts rentals to fit your needs. Learn More
For a lot of warehouses in Indiana, the holidays are the busiest time of year. What do you need to know before you rent a forklift for the holidays? Learn More
When replacing a forklift, you'll have lots of gas and diesel options. However, it may be time for your Indiana business to switch to an electric forklift. Learn More
Completing a daily forklift safety checklist should be a top priority for your forklift operators. Without it, your Indiana business might run into some avoidable safety problems. Learn More
Testing your forklift brakes on a daily basis is just one way to keep your forklift operators driving safe. But how should your Indiana operation test your forklift brakes? Learn More
A stand-up forklift drives differently than a regular riding forklift. What are the standing forklift safety concerns your Indiana operation should know about? Learn More
A forklift lease can help your Indiana company run an efficient workspace. But make sure you understand everything that goes into the lease before you sign. Learn More
It’s exciting when your Indiana operation has enough work for an additional forklift. But, what should you know when adding a forklift to your fleet? Learn More
How long is the life expectancy of a forklift in Indiana? The answer is calculated in hours worked and is contingent on a few work-related factors. Learn More
When you have a forklift rental schedule, you have an easier time planning budgets and workflow. Here are just a few steps in creating that forklift rental schedule for your Indiana company. Learn More
Taking a forklift train-the-trainer course in Indiana may be beneficial for your company if you have multiple locations, high turnover, or consistent forklift training needs. Learn More
The right forklift safety accessories are needed to keep your operation running efficient and effective. But what are the essential forklift safety accessories? Learn More
A forklift may be an important investment for your company, but do you always need to buy a new forklift? Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider a long-term forklift rental in Indiana. Learn More
It can be frustrating when your forklift won’t go forward. Luckily, we have some steps to help diagnose the problem and when to call in an expert. Learn More
While there may be plenty of forklift repair centers in Indiana, some are definitely better than others. What are the signs of a competent and caring forklift repair center? Learn More
The benefits of implementing a forklift fleet management system in Indiana includes using technology to set goals and monitor operator performance. Learn More
When shopping for a new forklift in Indiana, you must first determine the carrying capacity you’ll need your business needs. Learn More
When you purchase a new forklift, you will have a choice on cushion tires or their rougher counterparts. Here’s what you need to know about pneumatic tires in Indiana. Learn More
Learn more about the differences between the seven classes of forklifts. Let Tynan help you find the right forklift for your Indiana business. Learn More
A forklift can be an essential piece to your business, but you don’t always need to own one. But how much does it cost to rent a forklift in Indiana? Learn More
Your forks can damage from lifting an overload or just through wear and tear. But is it alright if you want to install used forklift forks in Indiana in place of your old ones? Learn More
Cushion tires are soft, smooth, and perfect for inside work. But what else do you need to know about cushion forklift tires in Indiana? Learn More
There are many reasons to buy an articulated forklift for Indiana warehouses. Saved space, better productivity, and safety are just a few. Learn More