Can an excavator be used for lifting? - Excavator Pallet Fork Attachments
- 28 Nov, 2022
Can an excavator be used for lifting?
If you know anything about excavators / diggers, you'll probably know that they are mostly used for digging. Excavator Buckets can come in a wide range of sizes, from large buckets for bulk moving material, to heavy duty buckets for use in harsh construction environments, to Micro Trenching Buckets used for digging...you guessed it, micro trenches. Other types of attachments are becoming much more common to help with other tasks during your projects. But can an excavator be used for lifting? To find out more about how you can make your excavator more versatile and reduce your downtime, continue reading below.
Excavators for lifting?
The short answer is, yes - an excavator can be used for lifting. But there are a couple of variables you must consider! Excavators are regularly used for lifting items by strapping them to the dipper end or to the Quick Hitch - this can, however, be very dangerous if not done correctly, as the straps could snap or the load could become unbalanced or unstable. This can lead to significant injury, with the potential for fatal outcomes.
If you're wanting to use an excavator for lifting, we would recommend you use Excavator Pallet Forks. Excavator Pallet Forks work similarly to a Telehandler or Forklift. This attachment connects to the end of your dipper arm in the same way as any other bucket or attachment for your machine. Pallet Forks enable you to evenly distribute your load over two forks to stabilise the material and dramatically reduce the chance of injury.
What are Excavator Pallet Forks? When can I use Pallet Fork Attachments?
Nowadays, excavators are used for far more than just digging so these attachments allow you to utilise your machine to it's full potential. They are great for using on smaller sites where you might not have enough space to fit a full-sized telehandler or where the ground is too uneven or boggy for a forklift.
If you're working in an industry that might need to regularly lift bulk material, then the one-time purchase of your pallet forks attachment means you won't have to hire a Telehandler or Forklift for your projects. This not only saves you money on continuous hire of a machine, but also saves you money on paying for an extra operator to operate the other machine.
Things to consider before you use your excavator for lifting:
The weight of the load you're lifting
Due to health and safety requirements, all Pallet Forks - regardless of the manufacturer - will have a working load limit for the attachment. This means that you shouldn't lift a load that weighs more than that specified weight as it can cause damage to the attachment but also you excavator! And could cause injury to any other bystanders or the operator themself.
For example, the Rhinox Excavator Pallet Forks have a Working Load Limit of 2,500kg / 2.5 Tonne which means you shouldn't use your attachment to lift anything heavier than this.
If the Pallet Forks you have are sufficient for your jobsite
Pallet Fork Attachments are made in a variety of ways - some of which are deemed safer than others. Some are made with fixed forks and some are made with floating forks. For example, Rhinox Pallet Forks are manufactured with Floating Forks. This means that they are not fixed to the back of the attachment- they are attached via a pin that enables them to rotate. This means you can position under loads easier and without digging them into the ground as you insert or remove the forks from under the load. Rhinox Pallet Forks also come with a 6 Month LOLER Certificate which is live from day of dispatch.