Forklift extensions increase a forklift’s effectiveness by extending the length of the existing forks, and are designed to quickly slip onto the fork tines.
The utility provided by heavy duty forklift extensions improves the functional capabilities of material handling operations, and makes it possible to move certain loads safely and efficiently.
Made from durable high tensile grade steel, our forklift fork extensions are designed and manufactured in accordance with the AS2359.15 standard, and are built to last.
Forklift extensions should be used when a cost-effective solution to increase reach is required.
Available in many sizes, finishes and profiles to meet specific application needs, forklift extensions have Working Load Limit capacities up to 8,000 kg, and are intended to lift light to moderate loads which would be cumbersome (or outright dangerous) for a standard forklift to handle.
While not a unique variant in the true sense of the word, pallet fork extensions is the name often given to forklift extensions which are primarily tasked with picking up two pallets deep at a time and loading a truck from one side (as opposed to work via both side openings).
Forklift extensions are often referred to as forklift slippers, as the attachment fits snugly over the existing fork tines. The forklift extensions we supply feature toggle locking pins, giving you peace of mind that the forklift extensions are securely held in place.
Once the forklift extensions are locked in place, it is simply a case of manoeuvring the forklift into position and operating as normal – with the added caution that the forks are now that much longer, so extra care should be taken as a safety precaution.
As with all forklift attachments, and any piece of machinery for that matter, caution must always be exercised when operating a forklift to minimise risk to personnel, goods, and equipment alike.
In addition to the regular forklift operating guidelines, it is of the utmost importance to carry out extra checks when using a forklift extension attachment. Regular checks and safely conducted usage will not only prevent tipovers, it will also prolong the life of your machinery and equipment, and ensure that your goods are handled correctly and with care, and, most importantly, keep your staff safe.
We recommend several extra checks when a forklift extension attachment:
Please note that if the intended load exceeds the maximum load centre, longer forklifts are considered a safer option than fork extensions, and should be investigated in the first instance.
According to AS2359.15 the length of the parent fork arm must be greater than or equal to 60% of the fork arm extension.
Only parent fork arms of greater than 750mm may have fork-arm extensions fitted.
In light of the changes to weight distribution after modifying a forklift with a forklift extension, it is advisable to drive and turn slower than normal.
Even when the load is empty, the weight profile and driving characteristics of the vehicle are likely to differ considerably from the original non-modified forklift.
Forklift extensions can play an important role in many material handling operations; but, as with all heavy machinery, care must be taken to ensure that the appropriate technical limitations of the forklift and extension attachment are respected and its use is as intended.
Our knowledgeable team of problem solvers can help you to choose the appropriate forklift extension attachment, improving the versatility and effectiveness of your material handling operation by ensuring you have the “right tool for the job”.
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