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This essential accessory proves itself useful in the lifting and moving of materials on-site in various construction projects.
Four main pieces make up this attachment; the forks, frame or shaft, hooks or fork adjustment rods, and hardware such as washers and pins. Additional components can include mounting brackets, couplers, and locking collars.
Backhoe forks lift loads to move it from one point to another while ensuring the mass is evenly distributed.
This accessory is low maintenance, making problem-solving relatively easy. The main concern would be the inability to lift a load. This issue can be because the lift capacity is inadequate, and you can reduce the haul to solve it.
Keeping an eye out for a few things will help avoid accidents. Pay attention to the following tips during your routine inspection:
Blade and shank: Make sure the angle between them doesn’t exceed 93 degrees and that neither of these elements is bent. If any of these are present when checking them, they’ll need replacing.
Inspect forks for cracks: Look at the whole surface of each part to check for any cracks. The first area defects form tend to be weld and heel areas.
Choosing the right attachment is essential for getting the job done efficiently. With the fork attachment, making sure it fits your bucket correctly is a priority. You’ll need to measure the bucket from the cutting edge to the top outer rim.
Add approximately five inches to the bucket measurement for the minimum fork height. It may be a bit longer than this amount, but not less.
This attachment comes in a bucket fit or on a frame that replaces the bucket. Both types work the same way; it’s only the way they attach that’s different. For example, the kind that fits onto the bucket can hook off or fold back when not in use.
These main types can further differentiate into styles for functionality in various industries. Its design varies for pallet and utility, log and lumber, and even car body forks.
Forks designed for log and lumber have vertical floating prongs or tines that make loading and off-loading on rough ground easier. This style is adjustable for materials of diverse widths. The back frame has a low profile to increase visibility for loading.
Utility and pallet forks have a solid, heavy-duty back frame, possessing a low profile and adjustable tines.
You can find this accessory in a double taper design that fits car bodies so as not to cause damage. It has a low box plate, low-profile slanted back frame for visibility, and forks that match a coupler or pin-on structure.