The secret to using your forklift for as many tasks as possible

Are you thinking about investing in a forklift truck, but aren’t sure whether you’ll get enough use from it? Or perhaps you’re not getting the most from your current vehicles?

These are valid concerns.

All forklifts come with overheads and you want to be sure that your vehicles deliver a return on investment in the long-run. And when your forklift truck isn’t lifting pallets then it’s simply out of use, right?

Wrong! Although your forklift is primarily designed for lifting materials, there are dozens of other tasks it can also help you do.

Paired with the right attachments, your forklift can be used to grab, tip, hang, carry and even sweep materials, for a wide range of different purposes

We’re an inventive bunch in the world of materials handling and if something can be done simply and more effectively using a mechanical tool, we’ll find a way to make it happen!

Over the years, dozens of forklift attachments have been designed in order to complete on-site tasks more efficiently. Here are some of the most common ways a forklift can help you beyond pallet lifting:

 

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Transporting and disposing of loose or waste materials

Skips are one of the best tools for dealing with waste and bulk quantities of loose materials, helping you to transport loads from one place to another safely, easily and quickly.

Your forklift can be adapted to help you move and tip materials by adding a skip attachment to the front forks. This type of attachment enables the operator to safely handle and dispose of waste from the comfort of the cabin.

 

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Sweeping, shovelling and distributing material on the ground

On site, you may need to move materials that are not pallet-friendly, like gravel or rubble, for instance. In cases like these, brush and plough attachments help you quickly and accurately move loose materials along the ground.

Keeping your warehouse or site safe and tidy is an on-going struggle, but your forklift can be of service here too. Brush attachments also come in handy for clearing up mess, and you can even attach gritters and snow ploughs to make light work of safety procedures in the winter.

 

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Lifting heavier loads – including people!

We all know the risks involved in overloading a forklift, which is why it should be avoided at all costs. Luckily, fork extensions and special application forks can help you customise your forklift to deal with awkwardly-shaped loads.

Another useful way to extend your forklift’s load capacity is with a fork-mounted access platform. This enables staff to safely access hard to reach areas that may have been previously unavailable to them.

These forklift attachments are just a glimpse into some of the different ways forklifts can help make your life easier on site. What’s more, there are plenty of new attachments emerging all of the time!

 

We hope you’ve found this overview useful. If you’d like to ask us any questions about finding a forklift that’s right for your site, call us on 0113 393 2881 or email enquiries@moorgateltd.co.uk.

We also offer a comprehensive range of forklifts that are available to buy and delivered to your site at your convenience.