Article by Justin Neilsen
All it takes is the right forklift attachment and there is virtually nothing your forklift cannot handle in the warehouse or factory. In fact, many companies purchase a forklift to fit their forklift attachment rather than the other way around.
This comes as a surprise to those who think that forklifts are primarily needed just for lifting pallets in a warehouse environment. Often, forklifts are so under-utilized that even experienced forklift drivers do not know just how versatile they can become if they have the right attachment.
An example of an attachment that is very inexpensive but rarely utilized is the humble broom attachment. While it takes only a minute or so to fasten it to the forks, this wide, heavy duty broom can finish a sweeping job faster than a team of employees can manually sweep the floor. When you factor in the labor cost, it is easy to see that this simple attachment more than pays for itself.
For slightly more money, you can add a magnetized attachment that will thoroughly remove any nails, screws, metal filings or other small metal pieces that brooms so often miss. Nails in particular are a danger, because they tend to roll beneath a broom, but stand up straight when trod on or rolled over by a tire.
Most warehouses are designed around the forklift, but in many factories the forklift, while necessary for lifting pallets and other flat, heavy items, is only used sporadically. They spend hours if not days or weeks standing idle or, worse, being put to use dangerously because they do not have the right attachment for the job. If the factory had a forklift boom, the forklift could be put to better use.
For light and medium occasional duties, there are some very inexpensive telescoping booms that no work place should be without. Simple to attach, it can be easily extended to the required length. Odd shaped objects like furniture can be secured to its hook with ropes or chains and then lifted safely and moved to wherever they are needed.
Aside from the inexpensive model described above, there are many other forklift booms on the market. Some of them can turn a forklift into such an effective crane that they become permanent or semi-permanent attachments and other forklift are used instead for other duties.
In order to do justice to the forklift attachment, a full website catalog would be necessary. If there is a forklift in your place of business that is not being used as much as it should, have a look online and find the forklift attachment or attachments that will put it to better use.
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