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With National Safety Month right around the corner, we wanted to gear up by discussing topics that affect safety but aren’t considered as much: Measurement and Lost Load.

We’ll look at these factors through the lens of forklift attachments.

Attachment Effect On Capacity

Forklift attachments are designed to make material handling operations more efficient, but it is important to remember that to gain efficiency you sometimes must sacrifice capacity.

When using a forklift attachment, it is important to know that the weight of the added attachment reduces capacity. This difference is called “lost load capacity.”

A forklift’s maximum capacity will be determined by several factors including:

  • Weight of the forklift
  • Length of forks
  • Weight of attachment

To calculate lost load capacity, you must first find out the weight of your attachment and then compare it to the load on your forklift. The difference between these two numbers is called lost load capacity.

Check out our previous blog on lost load capacity in the context of hydraulic attachments .

Knowing you are not exceeding your truck’s maximum capacity is important to ensure you are not risking injury or equipment damage.

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