Just like Bubba in Forest Gump knows everything there is to know about the shrimping business, there is a lot to know about forklift forks. You can lift with them, side-shift them, fork position them, and even rotate them. Not to mention there are a variety of sizes, classes, and mounting types to choose from.
Just like our good pal, Bubba did with shrimp, we’re going to list out some of the most common fork types that are available in the industry today. Should you determine the different types of forks may provide unique benefits and advantages depending on the industry that you’re in and the types of loads that you’re handling, the following guide may prove useful in navigating your options:
And that…that’s about it!
While this list doesn’t cover all the available types of forks out there, it should give you a good idea of the wide selection that’s available. Since there are so many variables when it comes to forks, it’s always best to work directly with your consultant l to determine what will work for your particular forklift and application. Authorized Toyota dealers are available to answer any questions you have about non-traditional forks and compatibility with Toyota forklifts.
Please keep in mind that changing the forks may alter your forklift’s lifting capacity and some configurations may not even be acceptable. ANSI B56.1 actually requires you to have prior written approval from the manufacturer before making a change that may affect your forklift’s lifting capacity or safe operation. Your Toyota dealer can assist you with this and with obtaining a new data plate that reflects the new lifting capacity and forks.