FAQs Forklift Drum Attachments

Example of a forklift drum attachment. (Courtesy: Monica Zou at flickr.com)

Example of a forklift drum attachment.
(Courtesy: Monica Zou at flickr.com)

There are a plethora of accessory attachments that can be used to expand the capability of a forklift. One of the most important is the forklift drum attachment. It is an attachment that permits the operator of a forklift to lift and move drums efficiently. The attachment also gives the operator the capability of rotating a drum into a desired position. In addition, depending on the apparatus, it can permit the operator to lift multiple drums.

What follows are some frequently asked questions concerning forklift drum attachments. It is hoped that the answers will enlighten you as to the practicality of this accessory.

Q: How many types of forklift drum attachments are there?
A: There are two types of forklift drum attachments –- a steel gripper, which permits the forklift operator to grasp the body of the drum, and a bean drum gripper, which is designed to attach to the rim of a drum.

Q: Are there different styles of grippers?
A: Yes. For example, ForkliftAccesssories.com carries six different styles of drum attachments –- multi-purpose drum lift with wrench, horizontal drum carrier, fork-mounted drum lifters, drum grippers, and automatic Eagle Beak drum lifters.

Q: How much weight can a forklift drum attachment lift?
A: Depending on the style of the attachment, they can lift between 750 pounds to 4,000 pounds.

Q: How much does the attachment weigh?
A: Depending on the style of the attachment its weight is between 120 pounds to 432 pounds.

Q: What type of drums can the attachments lift?
A: They can lift steel, poly or fiber drums.

Q: How does the forklift drum attachment connect to a forklift?
A: The forks of the forklift fit into pockets of the attachments and then it is secured to the forklift with a safety chain.

Q: How does the forklift operator control the drum attachment?
A: Each attachment includes a pull-chain loop that permits the forklift operator to control from his seat.

Q: What are the components that are featured in a drum attachment?
A: Featured on forklift drum attachments are the clamping mechanism, the OSHA-approved safety chain attachment, and the pull-chain loop. Attachments meet OSHA and ANSI/ITSDF standards. Attachments are coated with safety yellow powder for maximum durability.

Q: What is the price range of forklift drum attachments?
A: The price of the attachments range from $722.00 to $4,542.00.

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