Using forklift attachments will affect the maximum load capacity of your forklift. While attachments will never increase the highest possible weight your vehicle can lift, they often will decrease it. This has to do with engineering and physics.
How does attachment affect the capacity of the forklift?
Adding a forklift attachment reduces the lifting capacity of the truck due to the additional weight of the attachment itself and because an attachment typically moves the truck’s load center farther forward. As the center of gravity moves forward, the maximum load weight must decrease to prevent tipovers.
What is the likely effect on the load capacity of adding an attachment to a forklift?
It is important to note that when you use an attachment on a forklift, the load capacity will be reduced and the center of gravity of the forklift will be affected, making it less stable than it would be without the attachment.
When using a forklift with a jib attachment What effect does this have on the forklift?
Fitting attachments to a forklift also reduces its load capacity, raising safety concerns in the process. WorkCover NSW states that; “Attachments include any side shift devices, jibs, extension tynes and specifically designed devices for load manipulation or carrying.”
When can special attachments be used on a forklift?
If your company uses a forklift, you know how important this piece of equipment is to your business and how versatile it can be with the use of special forklift attachments. These special attachments are used to transform from simple lifting forks, into a multi-purpose machine designated for a very particular task.
Which side of the forklift is supporting more weight?
Weight distribution refers not only to the weight of the load, but also the weight of the forklift itself. An empty forklift has most of its weight in the rear, but when a load is placed on the lift, the weight distribution moves forward.
What is the rated capacity of a forklift?
A forklift’s rated load capacity is the maximum weight in kilograms that a forklift can safely lift and transport at a specified load centre distance in millimetres. This rated load capacity is listed on the forklifts name plate or load capacity data plate.
Where is the vehicle specification plate on a forklift?
The forklift data plate can be found on the instrument panel near the operating controls. It is the responsibility of the operator to understand the capabilities of each forklift and to properly maintain the data plate to ensure it is legible and complete.
When traveling with a load the load should be lifted How many inches?
allow 2 to 3 inches of clearance at the sides and back of the load; move the load slowly into position; tilt the load forward, then lower it; level the forks so they are no longer tilted; and.
What three points make up a forklift’s stability triangle?
The three points are the two front wheels and the pivot point of the rear axle. Connect the three points, and you have what’s called the stability triangle.
What is considered a forklift attachment?
A forklift attachment is a modification or addition to a forklift that affects its capacity, stability, or safe operation. Lifting devices are used for lifting heavy loads, and when maintained for use with a forklift, do not affect the capacity or safe operation of the truck.
What is a jib on a forklift?
A forklift jib is a common type of attachment for forklift trucks. Forklift jibs are designed to slide and secure easily onto forklift tines. They usually have a hook at the end of the jib for quick attachment to the load.
How often should you inspect a forklift?
Federal OSHA requires that forklift vehicles have to be inspected at least daily, or after each shift when used around the clock. You will find this requirement in the Powered Industrial Truck standard at 1910.178(q)(7).
Where should you look for and find capacity changes for a forklift?
than the truck is rated for, must show an alternate capacity tag from the lift truck manufacturer. If the change in load center is not factored into the calculated lifting capacity, forklift safety can be compromised, leading to dropped loads, control issues and tipping.
When parking or leaving the forklift you must remove the ignition key?
Turn off the engine and the key should be removed
Aside from turning off the engine, and you know you will be away for a longer period, removing the key from the ignition and handing it over to your shift supervisor in case someone wants it to be used during that period is good practice as well.
When should you use forklift extensions?
Forklift extensions offer cost-effective solutions to increase the reach of a lift. They are best suited for occasional large loads that need a long fork. Fork extensions are made for light loads. If the load exceeds the maximum load center, longer forklifts are safer than fork extensions.