Three Uses for a Forklift on a Farm
Have you considered the use of a forklift on a farm-perhaps your farm? There are a number of uses for a forklift on a farm, and here are three of them:
1. Hay Barrels
The most shared use for a forklift on a farm is for lifting, carrying, and transporting hay, both hay bales and hay barrels, the latter of which can sometimes weigh up to 2,000 pounds. For these large, heavy hay barrels, lifting is next to impossible without the use of a heavy-duty piece of machinery that can carry the brunt of the load. Forklifts work very well for this purpose, allowing farmers to lift, carry, and transport hay bales and hay barrels from one location to another. Forklifts not only help farmers move hay bales and barrels easily, but also quickly.
There are different ways to move hay using a forklift. Some farmers “ram” the forks right into the hay bale or barrel, but this method generally causes damage to the hay and is not recommended. Other farmers use the forklift to lift the hay up with rope after tying the hay to the forks. Another method is to construct an add-on for the forklift, mounting a metal plate onto the forks to create a strong platform for the hay, making the lifting, carrying, and transporting course of action that much simpler.
2. Lifting and Moving Heavy Items
Forklifts can also be used on a farm to lift, carry, and transport a wide variety of shared large and heavy items, in addition to hay bales and barrels. Such items can include:
· farm equipment
· large or heavy farming tools and supplies
· smaller pieces of machinery
· animal satisfy
· bulk bags
· dead animals
Finally, you can use a forklift on a farm to not only lift and move items, but also tow (pull or drag) them. Towing would be used for objects or loads that are too big or too heavy to be lifted by the forklift safely. Forklifts can be used to tow trailers, tractors, other vehicles, machinery, large and/or very heavy pieces of equipment, and very large loads.
Keep in mind that proper procedures and safety precautions need to be followed in order to prevent damage to the forklift, to prevent damage to the large items being towed, and to prevent accident and injury. For example, proper tow ropes must be used, but they should never be attached to the mast to pull or drag loads. In addition, appropriate attachments must be fitted and used in order for the forklift to be used for towing or pushing safely.
The Right Forklift
If you don’t already own a forklift but are interested in purchasing, renting, or borrowing a new or secondhand forklift for use on your farm, it’s important to do your research in order to find out what kind you’ll need. Some manufacturers have specially designed forklifts for use on farms. You will also need to take into consideration what you will be using the forklift for (see uses above)-especially before spending your money on a brand-new forklift.
It’s also basic to keep safety in mind when using a forklift on your farm; in fact, safety should be one of your top priorities. If you are going to be the one driving the forklift, you should first become certified in operating a forklift, if you aren’t already. Only those who are certified to excursion a forklift should function one. Also, if there are children and/or animals on the farm, being alert and aware is of utmost importance. Forklift-related accidents unfortunately occur, but they can be prevented by following safety precautions.