About Forktruck Forks

You should inspect forklift forks:

  • Daily:
    Operators should make visual inspection of forks, giving special attention in looking for permanent distortions and cracks.
  • Six months:
    A thorough inspection of forks should be done every six months, preferably by a trained individual, to check for any cracks and distortion. Forks may need inspections more often, depending on the use of the equipment.

Some important points for a periodical forklift fork inspection?

  • Forks are constantly subjected to abrasion by concrete floors, steel shelving, etc. This abrasion can reduce the thickness of a fork until it cannot lift loads up to the designed capacity.
  • Forks can be bent out of shape. Depending on distortion, some forks can be straightened. The fork manufacturer is best qualified to correct this.
  • Cracks may appear on forks where attachments are welded on or in the inside radius of the bend area. Periodic inspection can detect cracks. Approved grinding methods may grind out and polish these blemishes, depending on the depth of the crack.

Contact us if you are not sure about the state of your forklift forks or for additional information.

Some of the things you should not do to forklift forks?

  • Do not overload the forks. Operators should be aware of the capacity of the forklift and the capacity of the forks.  Overloading may bend and weaken forks.
  • Do not repair your own forks. No one but a qualified and experienced engineer should undertake the repair of forks.
  • Do not modify forks without consulting with your forklift supplier.


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