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Types and Uses of Forklift Forks

Types and Uses of Forklift Forks

The Types and Uses of Forklift Forks

There might be more forklift fork options than you know. Forklift forks are designed for specific functions and as there are many different ways that forklifts support projects and organizations, there are many different types of forks to match. Toyota Forklifts published a list of some of the varied types of forks available, evoking the loquacious tallying of shrimp dishes by Bubba in Forrest Gump, in a blog. Likewise, we’ve listed some of the common forklift fork options and their associated uses. Check it out:

  • Block Forks –  block forks are designed to move blocks or bricks around a job site.
  • Stainless Steel Clad Forks – stainless steel clad forks are used in highly sanitary applications such as the food and beverage industry.
  • Fork Extensions – fork extensions for forklifts increase the length of your existing forks, which increases the versatility and load-bearing power of the equipment. They allow forklifts and their operators to handle large and odd-shaped loads with better stability.
  • Shaft Forks – shaft forks are created for pin-type carriages. This kind of fork is mounted on a pole on the carriage. These are used to suit all pin-type carriages and are also commonly used on telehandlers and wheel loaders.
  • Quick Disconnect Forks – quick disconnect forks are designed for quicker removal and installation. This is made possible by a single hanging point which differs from the standard hang-on modal.
  • Lumber Forks – lumber forks are specifically engineered for applications involving stacks of lumber. This function is achieved with custom, finely tapered tips which can be found in a variety of sizes/modals.
  • Spark Retardant Forks – spark retardant forks are ideal for environments containing hazardous materials. These forks are engineered to resist sparks by incorporating a coat of brass in the design. For projects containing significant levels of flammable chemicals, spark retardant forks may be essential.
  • Bolt-On Forks – bolt-on forks are a common choice for large forklifts and associated applications. These forks are designed to limit fork movement and are ideal for functions which require forks to stay in place. Holes in the fork shank facilitate the bolting of forks to the fork carriage. Because of this design, the load-bearing capacity is lower than standard forks and are not right for every application.
  • Folding Forks – folding forks are hinged which allow for simple foldability. This is ideal for machines that often need to maneuver through tight spaces (such as elevators).
  • Gypsum Forks – gypsum forks are specifically engineered to handle gypsum wallboard and similar materials. Slide-in pads for the upright part of the fork is often the avenue manufacturers take to achieve the unique design necessary to efficiently handle these materials.
  • Inverted Fork – inverted forks, or upside down forks, are engineered to be mounted upside down. They are often used to lift large bags with loops and similar loads. These forks are also ideal for material handling in low ceiling areas.

While this list does not cover all the types of forklift forks on the market, it may provide a general idea on the options and applications available to forklift owners/users. For further assistance on determining what type of forks are appropriate for your forklift/project, give your local Hugg & Hall parts department a call!

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