Forklift extensions are a type of forklift attachment that fit over the tines of a fork truck. These extenders enable forklift operators to handle exceptionally large loads, oddly shaped loads, and loads that are non-palleted. Extenders are most often used when any load measures 150% more than the length of the entire forklift. Other loads that are oddly shaped or cylindrical in geometry may require specialized extensions designed to support such loads in specific ways.
Regardless of their specific design type, Fork extensions are easy to install. They slip over the tops of forks and lock at the base of the tines.
Different types of mechanisms are used to secure the base of the extension to the base of the forks.
There are loop style forklift extensions, pin style, and rear spacing models for different material handling applications.
The standard loop style, as its name indicates, is features a loop built into the base of the extension. This loop slips over the fork and then secures itself to the bottom base of the fork when it is laid over the tine. The rear spacer extender also uses this basic loop design, but it also features an elevated surface that extends several inches forward from the base of the extension. This elevated, additional mass is used to push bulky, oversized loads forward.
Pin style fork extensions use a pin to secure to the tines after they are laid over the top of the fork truck’s fork assembly.
If you are not sure which of these forklift extensions is most suitable for your application, the best course of action is to ask an Easy Rack material handling specialist. Our staff has been trained to think in terms of applications, not just product features. If you communicate a clear picture of what you are looking to do, specialists here can quickly direct you to the right piece of the equipment. This is never a problem.
What clients most need to concern themselves with is knowing WHEN they need to use fork truck extensions in the first place. Obviously the fork truck is one of the most versatile tools in any inventory and by nature can be used for a wide range of task. However, there are certain times when extenders are needed to ensure the safety of the operator and the proper handling of materials.
• Any load that is not uniform should be moved with some kind of forklift extension.
• If the load is heavier toward the end of the forks than it is toward the base of the fork assembly, then it stands to potentially imbalance the fork truck. Extenders will correct this imbalance if used correctly.
• If you need to push a load consisting of pallets 2 or 3 deep through a trailer door, then rear spacer fork extenders make the job much easier. The extenders actually are slightly higher than truck door jams and elevate the load just high enough to pass over it without resistance.
Forklift extensions have improved safety, process flow, and time to market in countless industrial environments. Most noticeably, they have helped construction companies across the country maneuver all sorts of loads with greater speed and safety than standard forklifts alone can accomplish. They have also made loading and unloading trucks much easier for shipping companies. Many objects like pipe, rolls of various materials, and short sections of large diameter pipe can be safely moved with a fork truck that would otherwise have no chance of balancing the load.