The forklift forks are arguably the most important component. After all, you wouldn’t be able to lift things if it weren’t for the forks. Keeping your forks in good repair and working properly is imperative.
Follow these 5 tips for preventing damage to your forks:
The weight of your load is carried on the heel of your forklift, so it’s vital that you keep that part protected, always. Don’t drag, or apply heat to the heel, which can cause damage and make your forks vulnerable to dropping loads.
You’ve probably seen it before – forklift operators will occasionally use the forks on their forklifts to pry things open or push them. Don’t do it. Using your forks for anything other than what they’re made for can cause serious damage.
Your forklift comes with a capacity rating for a reason. Pay attention and obey it.
Bring your loads down slowly and don’t let the forks hit the ground. This could cause cracks, and can really be a safety concern.
Never try to lift anything with just one fork. Your forks are meant to be used together and using just one can cause bending or cracking.
If you have had trouble with damaged forks, make sure you and your operators understand what causes them. From there, you can take the steps necessary to protect your forklift’s forks, and avoid the downtime that comes with damaged equipment.