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Think before you attach

Lift truck attachments make specialized product handling more efficient and drivers more productive. But there's a lot to consider before you go out and buy one.

By Toby Gooley

If your lift trucks carry products that are bulky or come in unusual shapes or sizes, then you've probably already figured out that standard-issue forks may not be the best tools for handling them. Or perhaps they do the job well enough but you suspect there's a more efficient way to move those hard-to-handle items.

If that's the case, then it's time to look into buying lift truck attachments. These add-ons improve productivity and reduce damage while making it easier and safer for drivers to handle items that are a little out of the ordinary. Among the more common types are side shifters, multi-pallet handlers, and clamps for paper rolls, barrels, and so forth. (For other examples, see the sidebar at the bottom of this article.)

Although attachments can offer a quick and easy solution to specialized handling problems, there are many things to consider before you buy one. As the experts we consulted made clear, if you want to get the full benefit from this type of equipment, you'll need to "think before you attach."

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