For lift trucks these days, there are numerous attachment options offered. The majority of attachments are made to be utilized on regular forklifts and are made to be utilized on reach trucks and VNA. It is vital to note that OSHA requires approval for any type of attachment which should be approved for use by the specific producer of lift truck.
The most vital common attachment is the sideshift and is considered to be standard equipment. The sideshift apparatus allows the fork carriage to slide left and right as well as allow for more accurate load placement. The sideshift allows the operator to be more versatile with the machinery.
The fork positioner is a different attachment option that allows the operator to adjust the distance between the forks without having to get off of the truck. This specific attachment is mostly used in high volume operations where there is a wide array of pallet and crate sizes handled.
The fork pivot enables the forks and carriage to pivot or rotate. Used for transporting and dumping hoppers which is especially designed. These attachments are extremely helpful for many industrial applications.
The slip sheet attachment is utilized to slip sheets of paperboard, or plastic or a sheet of cardboard that is utilized rather than pallets. The slip sheet attachments utilize a push and pull device that clamps onto the slip sheet and pulls the load onto a thin platform. After that, the load is pushed off the platform when the truck reaches the destination.
Drum attachments come in many shapes and sizes, with several models able to handle 55 gallon drums. There are some smaller types of a paper roll clamps that go around the roll and also are capable of a full 360 degree rotation. There are other kinds of drum attachments that are able to pick up a variety of drums all simultaneously.
One more option is tilt control, which enables the operator to preset the fork tilt angles. For extensions slide over the forks to help pick up and transport longer loads. The Carton clamp operates similar to a paper roll clamp except rather than being round, the clamping surface is flat.