Besides the main lift truck unit, you can find many options and attachments to fit your specific warehouse, industrial or commercial needs best. Following is information regarding tire types, attachments and safety features that are available with most lift type trucks.
There are two main types of tires that are generally sold for lift trucks; they include cushion tires and pneumatic tires. Cushion tires are solid tires; they can come with tread or without. They are made specifically for indoor uses and require no air.
Pneumatic tires are usually the standard and are perfect for indoor or outdoor use. They are great on level or irregular surfaces, however since pneumatic tires raise the center of gravity for their trucks, they have a reduction in their lift capacity.
Attachments are extremely popular with lift truck owners and they can add extended or specialized functionality. There are a wide range of attachments available; here are the most common.
Masts can come with a variety of sections usually in single, double, triple or quad sections. In many situations, if you are lifting a pallet or load a certain height, your masts will come already loaded with the proper amount of sections. Generally speaking, the more masts a lift truck has, the more stable the load will be at extreme heights- cutting down on the wobble factor.
While sideshifts are attachments, they normally come standard with most lift trucks. A sideshift allows the fork carriage a little lee-way both left and right to accurately place the load. Sideshifts are extremely effective and increase productivity levels making loads much more flexible to place.
This attachment allows you to manipulate the distance between the forks on a mast. If your operation has many different varieties of pallets, this attachment can be extremely useful.
Slip Sheet Attachment
A slip sheet attachment is used where a sheet of cardboard or plastic are used instead of standard pallets. Slip sheet attachments include a push and pull mechanism that easily attaches to the slip sheet and pulls or pushes the load.
Drum Handling Attachments
Drum handling attachments make it extremely easy for your lift truck to transport 55 gallon drums. It should be noted that there are also drum handling attachments that can carry more than one drum at a time.
A fork extension easily slides over the existing fork to enable the lift truck to pick up longer loads.
Used in warehouses or environments where the height of the load or rack is already predetermined and can be present into the lift truck.
Lift Truck Safety Features
It should be noted that the above attachments must be approved by OSHA to be used for commercial and industrial applications. Besides all attachments being reviewed by OSHA, other safety features regarding lift trucks are available.
Roll Cages for Lift Trucks
A roll cage protects the operator from falling items or from items that move abruptly during transport or if a crash has occurred.
Seat Belts for Lift Trucks
Seat belts are featured in lift trucks that have seats
Dead Pedals for Lift Trucks
Dead pedals require a pedal to be depressed in order for a lift truck to operate. If you release your foot from the pedal, the lift truck will come to a smooth stop.