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Forklift Forks should be at least 2/3 under a load

Many forklift operators pickup loads and only put the forks through part of the load for many reasons. But how far is safe?

We all agree that forks under the full load is best but what if the racks are back to back or the load is against a wall?

If you go under the full load in this situation you can catch on the other load and knock it off the opposite side rack or pop a hole in the wall.

So best practice is to be at least TWO THIRDS 2/3 under the load and Pick up a load with your forks under at least 2/3 of your load, then if you can bring the load down and get the entire load.

So what does 2/3 look like? Here is a photo at Merchants Metals where they pick up loads with the right amount of forks.

You will notice that the forks are way more than 1/2 way under the load!

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What is this goofy fish bowl hanging off the side of this forklift?

What is this goofy fish bowl hanging off the side of this forklift?

A certified and forklift trained operator should know about the forklift as well as the safety aspects of the unit. By being forklift certified you gain additional knowledge about the safe operation of your forklift. While OSHA forklift safety training is mandatory in the USA, a good operator will also find out about the individual parts of their lift.

So what is it?

It’s an engine air pre-cleaner used to separate out heavy¬† particles from the air before they reach the filter.

You might see these at a construction site or anywhere with a lot of airborne debris and moisture. Some may look different than other but they all use the natural spin of the air entering the intake to eject heavier dust and moisture drastically extending the life of filters.

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