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What's with the 5 foot forks out West?

Discussion in 'Forklifts/Telehandlers' started by Speedpup, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Speedpup

    Speedpup Senior Member

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    Looking at used Gradalls located out west and many have 5' forks. What is the advantage of that?
     
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    curly Well-Known Member

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    So you can get to the bottom of the mud pit and push yourself out?
     
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    All our machines have 5' forks, mostly because our foreman's offices are 8' wide and with 5' forks we can pick them up to load them on our trucks.

    It also helps with carrying lots of materials even though you aren't at capacity.
     
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    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    My old framing contractor had 8' slide on forks that went on a standard carriage to handle both roof and floor trusses. They act like a fork extention and light material jib.
     
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    Thanks! For me they would be a PITA extending past most 4' loads I have.
     
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    I see they call them Lumber forks on JLG site but what lumber is packed up more than 4'?
     
  7. john1066

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    We use 5 foot forks on our lull 1044c-54 so we can load out road plates. We just got our first lull this past year for in the yard and it makes life alt easier for loading pipe buckets trench boxes and plates as well as magnesium chloride in the sanders. There can be 6 loaders in the yard and everyone goes for the lull