Tools for Your Warehouse Carrying / Lifting Needs

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When it comes to carrying and lifting a wide variety of items in a warehouse or job site, there are numerous devices and attachments that can make the work easier and more efficient. Most work in conjunction with forklifts, expanding the uses of these already versatile machines.

Forklifts are extremely useful pieces of equipment in a warehouse, but there are specialty products and accessories that expand a forklift’s functionality. That’s where specialty forklift attachments, accessories and extensions come in, such as self-dumping hoppers, man-baskets and drum handlers, which make your forklift safer and more versatile, for higher efficiency and increased productivity. The return on investment on this specialty equipment is rapid, with most paying for themselves within a few uses.

Some highly recommended attachments and accessories for your carrying and lifting needs include:
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  • Carpet Poles: Rolled carpets can be heavy and difficult to carry. In some cases, they may also be stored high on shelves, making them dangerous for employees to pull down. Forklift rug rams or carpet poles allow the driver to insert the pole into a rolled carpet’s middle, lifting the carpet from its shelf and moving it another location.
  • Drum Handlers: If you use a fiber, steel or plastic chimed drum, a drum handler is what you need. They are generally available in light, medium and heavy duty models with capacities that range from 750lbs. to 4000lbs. capacity.
  • Forklift Forks: Forged forklift forks are manufactured in pairs, assuring you that every set of forks you purchase will be even in tip thickness and blade height. A locking pin kit comes standard on each forklift replacement fork to keep blade in place on lift truck. They are usually available in a Class 2 or Class 3 mount, in lengths up to 96”.
  • Forklift Extensions: A forklift fork extension allows handling of large and odd-shaped loads with better stability and reduced product damage. Simply slide the forklift extension over the fork and the fork extension will lie on top of your fork and lock under the fork hanger.
  • Boxed Fork Extensions: A boxed forklift extension is used for higher capacity, handling 4,000 lbs. per pair, opposed to the 2,500 lbs. capacity on standard extensions. They are designed to be used on shaft-mount forks, but can be used on almost any type of forklift forks.
  • Lift Jibs: Lift Jibs allow for flexible lifting of long, bulky loads, such as bar stock, piping and tubing. The forklift lift jib slides over forks and secures to the lift truck with a safety chain. Multiple hole locations and two standard swivel hook with shackles give you many lifting options.
  • Self-Dumping Hoppers: When you are maintaining a plant or trying to keep your jobsite clean, try a self-dumping hopper. These low-cost units help collect, store and transport bulk materials, and it’s easy for a forklift operator to transport them by sliding forks into their built-in fork pockets. Once it has been moved to the right location, release the safety latch and the hopper will tilt forward and release its contents. Then, the self-dumping steel hopper will return to its locked position and it can be reused for another load of materials immediately.
  • Load Backrests: Steel load backrests are designed to prevent the load from falling toward the equipment driver. This allows product to rest against a square, flat surface that makes loading/unloading safe.
  • Forklift Man-Baskets: Safety man baskets are designed to lift personnel in the air with a forklift.
  • Construction Man-Baskets: Construction man baskets are designed to lift personnel in the air with a telehandler.
  • Snow Bucket: These are designed for forklift use and attach easily with a safety chain. The snow bucket is a quick attach snow plow, often with a self-dumping mechanism that is activated with a simple pull on the release cable by the fork lift operator.
  • Trailer Mover: A fork-mounted trailer mover is an ideal way to use your forklift to move towable trailers around a facility. No more time is wasted getting a tow vehicle connected to a trailer; just slip your forks into the trailer mover, wrap the safety chain around the carriage, and you are ready to go.

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