Regular inspection of your forklift forks will help you determine when it’s time for forklift forks replacement. At minimum, your forklift’s forks are required to be inspected every 12 months and in case of severe application, more often.
Forklift Forks Wear Standards
During your fork inspection, you may find 10% or more wear. This discovery means you have a 20% reduction in capacity and the forklift must be taken out of service until the forks are replaced.
Further information about User Fork Wear Standards can be found within ANSI regulation B-56.1. This regulation will walk you through a complete inspection for surface cracks, straightness, fork angle, tip alignment, lock damage, fork blade wear, markings and fork hooks.
Forklift Forks Best Practices
To get the full life cycle from your forks, use these best practices:
- Take notice of the forklift’s rated capacity and keep loads to the appropriate amount
- Keep forks off the ground to prevent dragging
- Do not attempt to repair forks by welding, which will compromise the properties of the forks and make them brittle
- Avoid carrying full or partial loads on one fork
- Do not apply sideways pressure to forks or push loads with the tips, also known as bulldozing
- Purchase and replace forks in pairs
Ready to inspect your worn forklift forks? Contact ProLift to schedule a planned maintenance inspection, or view Cascade’s fork inspection video.