Pallet Forks For Diggers And Excavators - What Are The Benefits?
- 12 Jun, 2020
Excavator pallet fork attachments make your excavator a very adaptable piece of equipment for any site. You might ask why would I get these attachments instead of hiring or purchasing a telehandler? Well there are a lot of advantages, the foremost is cost saving, instead of the cost of hiring or purchasing an extra vehicle, you only have the attachment, which is a potential saving of £1000’s. There is less fuel used, no extra driver required, less maintenance and possible machine down time and more space on site with less machines operating.
What are the advantages of having them on an excavator?
If these are used on excavator, it makes them very versatile as excavators can reach into tight spaces where a telehandler cannot. It gives the ability to rotate 360° with palletised goods and this is something that telehandlers cannot do. They also have a lot more manoeuvrability than telehandlers and being tracked machines they can move across uneven, or soft surfaces without difficulty.
What features do Rhinox pallet forks have?
We have done a lot of extensive research on pallet forks, asked a few key users including major plant hire companies, large civil engineers and some in the housing development market. We have also looked at what has been available on the market and taken all this information back to the drawing board and come up with a design that encapsulates all the feedback from customers, any improvements and adjustments to existing models in the market place. We have constructed the main body out of a variety of profiles of steel including box section to give maximum strength and durability, but also keeping weigh down to help keep the lifting capacity to a maximum. This was done in response to customers feedback who mentioned that the body of some in the marketplace today are week, they bend, and twist and we have even seen them split. The frame is a very compact design and the forks can fold back over the main carriage, making transport very easy, and they can be put on a pallet already assembled ready to go, you don’t have to attach the forks or anything.
Fixed or floating forks, what are the advantages of floating forks?
The forks are what is known as floating, similar style to what you find on a telehandler. What we have found is that customers prefer this type rather than fixed carriage for several reasons. The forks have a bit more flexibility, making it easier to locate them into pallets on uneven surfaces. Also, when the fixed carriages are landed heavily on the ground, it can cause the frame to bend or twist as the shock waves are sent up through the forks to the frame. The toggle locator on the top of the forks on a fixed frame can get broken easily, therefore invalidating the safety certificate or falling a safety inspection.
Will they fit my excavator?
We have designed with multi pin centres to suit both 13 and 20 ton machines. They come with a pair of both 65mm and 80mm pins, with storage facility built in so there is no risk of losing the pins that aren’t being used. They are designed to work with all the common hitches available on the market today. There are further developments being worked on for 8t machines.
What certification should pallet forks have?
These attachments are all certified and come with full manual which includes certification and CE mark. Replacement parts are available, the forks are easily replaced, any standard forks will fit. The bar that forks are fitted are also available, should any damage occur on site. We also offer an extra guard to help when lifting pallets, to stop debris falling from the back of the pallet towards the machine driver.
I would recommend a set of these on any construction site, you find them extremely useful and wonder how you managed without them. The ability to lift pallets and other items safely around the site with the manoeuvrability of an excavator will be a great benefit and a cost saving to. If you have any questions or would like to know more information, our sales team would be willing to discuss this further with you.