Forklift extensions, also known as fork extenders or long lifts, temporarily make your forks longer. Many industries use forklift extensions (logistics, warehousing, manufacturing, agriculture, food and grocery, etc.) because fork extenders make it easy to get the job done without the hassle of changing forks.
Whether you’re ready to buy new forklift extensions, or you’ve been using them for a while, read on for some important DO’s and DON’T’s.
Forklift extensions sit on top of the existing forks and are secured either with retaining pins or a steel retaining loop behind the heel (sometimes called a strap or heel hanger). Watch the video below to see how easy it is to extend your forklift’s reach.
Forklift extensions are available in the following sizes:
NOTE: Extensions may not exceed 150% of the length of the existing fork (also known as the support fork).
Custom sizes are available. You can also buy specialty fork extensions with a half-round or triangle top for transporting long rolls of material.
You may be surprised to learn: forklift extensions do not significantly decrease capacity and don’t necessarily extend the load center. As with all attachment modifications, written approval from the manufacturer is required (OSHA Standards, 1917.43(e)(3) and 29 CFR 1910.178(a)(4)). If you purchase forklift extensions from us, we can help you obtain approval and make the required updates to the data plate.
If you have a lift truck that handles multiple-sized loads throughout the day, forklift extensions can be a massive time-saver compared to changing out the forks. You might also buy fork extenders to handle a larger-than-normal load that only comes in once a week or once a month.
When you have a temporary need for longer forks, extensions are the easiest way to extend your forklift’s reach, but they shouldn’t be used all the time.
Longer forks are a safer alternative to forklift extensions. They are sturdier, more stable and are less of a safety/tip-over risk.
If you notice operators have fork extenders on all the time, that signals an equipment deficiency. If you need a particular tool to get the job done, you get it. You wouldn't drill a hole with a chisel or pound a nail with the butt end of a screwdriver, right?
Remember: forklift extensions are not as robust as the fork itself. They are thinner because they have a cavity or cutout to house the support fork and are less rigid and secure than a real forklift fork.
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Ready to buy forklift extensions? Get durable, high-quality forklift extenders and any other parts you need fast by ordering from The Lilly Company. We have 13 locations across the Mid-South (Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and eastern Arkansas).
If you’re not sure whether forklift extensions are right for you, or if you have any questions about forklift parts or material handling equipment, we’re here to help. Our knowledgeable and friendly forklift experts are available by phone (800-238-3006) or online. We also offer OSHA forklift safety training and forklift certifications.
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