Forklifts Forks damage

5 Ways to prevent damage to your forklift forks

The forks on your forklift 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:

Protect the heel

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.

Don’t use your forks for anything other than lifting

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.

Don’t lift loads that exceed your forklift’s maximum capacity

Your forklift comes with a capacity rating for a reason. Pay attention and obey it.

Don’t let your forks hit the ground

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.

Use both forks, always

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. 

Have some more specific questions about your forks?  For more tips call Thompson & Johnson today to speak to an equipment specialist or fill out a Customer Request Form!

Got Questions?

If you have a question on this or any topic related to safety with your forklift, give our resident expert, Dave Bennet, a call or fill out the request form.