Buying Forks at TuffWerx
You can find a huge array of forks for all kinds of lifting machines at TuffWerx. We’re the leader in used heavy equipment. All of our items come with a lot of photographs and detailed description reports so you know what you’re getting, whether buying replacement forks for a forklift or forks to transform your loader into a forklift-like machine.
Forks serve a variety of purposes on different types of heavy equipment. Forklifts have a number of different kinds of forks and fork attachments that allow them to do different tasks. Forklift extensions add length to a truck’s forks to carry more cargo. Some forks are narrower than others. Full taper forks, for example, begin tapering at the base whereas many forks only begin to taper toward the point of the fork. There are narrow forks specifically for handling bricks and blocks, forks with grooves on the inside for handling drums and barrels and wide, blunt forks for handling gypsum and drywall.
There are also fork attachments for other pieces of equipment. Crane forks, for example can give a crane the functionality of a forklift to move pallets or other items from trucks to high places or back again. Bucket forks can attach at the top of a bucket on a front loader, skid steer loader, bulldozer or other piece of heavy equipment that uses a large bucket to move material like soil or rock. The fork attachment, which is generally easy to both attach and release, turns the bucket into a forklift. There are also forks that attach at the bottom of a bucket on the lip which not only lift the item but the operator can then shift the load into the bucket.
There are also log forks that allow an operator to lift the logs and keep them on the fork with a clamp that comes down over the logs. Many attachments make various forks more useful. Fork positioners move tines closer together or farther apart to let a machine lift loads of different widths. Fork rotators let operators turn the forks, allowing them to dump loads instead of carefully placing them, like they often do with pallets.
Tips for Buying Forks
- Make sure the forks you’re looking for are the best suited to handle the material you are going to be working with. There are a variety of forks and attachments that have detailed specifications for what functions they perform best.
- Check manufacturer’s instructions about which brands of forks work best with which brands of machinery. Ill fitting forks won’t do a good job for you.
- Choose how you want the forks to attach to your machinery. Quick attach forks make for easy transitions but if you’re going to be using them heavily you may want something with greater stability.