When considering the versatility of the forklift, you just need to take a broad look across the many business sectors. This is one of the more widely used tools in various industries. Naturally, the forklift is available in various sizes, based on the job requirement and also the capacity needed. Along with this is the ease of having multiple attachments for the types of jobs at hand, or how the business owner plans to use it on site.
Let us take a look at some of the ways that you or your business can make use of the forklift.
Indoor Movement of Materials & Goods
Whether it be a warehouse or distribution center this may be one of the first uses that come to mind. Yes, the forklift is key here as there is stacking and picking of goods and products. Along with this is the transporting of those materials too and from the facility to load or unload the delivery trucks. The forklift can also be seen to manage side-lifting as well as working with high shelf areas as well. Additionally the goods can be delivered using the pull pallets, but large boxes and crates as well as drums and equipment can also be moved with the forklift. Often they can be seen moving with agility through those small aisles doing their job effectively.
Construction Site, and Outdoor Uses
Yes! The forklift is used for those hardware spaces as well as home and garden areas, and typically on construction sites.. This makes the job a bit easier, as well as time efficient as well. However, the forklift has been used in areas where the terrain is rugged and also on those sites needing to move trash and recycling bins, dumpsters and even portable toilets.
Just add one of the attachments for example the hopper attachment and the forklift is now able to transport as well as dump material into much larger containers. With this attachment they can also dump materials into ditches or even down the side of a hill.
Similarly other businesses make use of the various attachments for loading and offloading to get going:
- Docks & Dockyards - Be sure to follow the OSHA guidelines for safety
- Container Yards - Moving pallets in and out of the Containers
- Junkyards & Recycling Centers
- Training - As a starting point for some persons now getting into the field
As A Form Of Transport On The Job
In more recent times this has been added as one of the primary uses of the forklift. Albeit not the traditional form of transport. The forklift has been used as an alternative to platform and cranes, to lift workers to the location or height that they need to be for a particular project. For example, a platform in hard-to-reach areas like those in tree trimming activities.
Other instances may be in the use of:
- Maintenance duties
- Cleaning services in challenging areas - maybe the location is elevated
- Inventory checks and performance - for example assisting persons in warehouses or manufacturing plants and storage areas.
The forklift comes in handy as a double duty tool to support these functions rather than having to use other larger equipment. This may even help to save time and money. In cases like this it is important to be mindful that the OSHA safety practices are followed. This would aid in preventing falls and any other types of issues that could possibly arise, with the use of specially designed safety cages and platforms.
Miscellaneous Other Uses
Sweeping & Mopping - Forklifts are surprisingly versatile and with a suitable attachment, you can have a broom sweeper for both wet or dry sweeping of an area. The application can be for warehouses and docks as well as outdoors in larger lots and construction sites too. The mopping can be done in a similar fashion.
A Plow Attachment - This allows business persons to offer some specialty services, say during winter to act to plow away the snow. Others may use a plow to push loose dirt and piles of debris.
Concrete Hopper - If you need to move concrete but save money with the use of a pump or crane, then this attachment works with the forklift. This acts to get the concrete into hard-to-reach areas as well.
Heavy Duty Spreader Bars - This type of attachment is seen in those businesses dealing with metal, and metal building construction. This is one of the safe and easy ways to handle rebar and rebar cages. Those long metal beams that can be a challenge to lift and move as well as steel and even wood trusses, can be manipulated a whole lot easier.