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Forklift Attachments – What to Choose and When to Use

Forklift attachments are among the most productive, useful parts of your equipment. The different types of attachments include a variety of high-value options, like extensions, jibs, and other excellent handling gear. Here is our guide to forklift attachments.

Forklift Attachments for Any Task

Forklift attachments and extensions can be used for a vast range of applications. Here are some of the options that we recommend:

  • Forklift Safety Cages – must-have safety gear for any workplace
  • Jibs and swing jibs – act like a mobile crane arm attached to your forklift
  • Carpet prongs – used for moving heavy carpet rolls
  • Tipper bins – used as mobile skips and bins
  • Order picking cages – great for busy warehouses
  • Forklift spreaders – wide forks for wide loads


  • Drum handlers
  • Heavy duty jibs
  • Bag lifters
  • Hoppers
  • Goods cages

Note: In Australia, forklift attachments are manufactured under Australian Standards requirements. Your purchase should indicate compliance with Australian Standard AS2395.1 -1995 Powered Industrial Trucks. The relevant section for forklift attachments is Section 6.7 of the Australian Standard.

Choosing a Forklift Attachment

Depending on your needs, you’ll have to consider a few important issues:

  • Task and capacity requirements: A forklift attachment has to be able to manage all the functional issues of its role. If you’re dealing with non-standard load and handling parameters, you may need a custom attachment.
  • Size: As with forklift selection, you need to find the right degree of manoeuvrability, the right size and the right load capacity for your attachments.
  • Heavy duty attachments: Heavy duty forklift attachments are typically used in high value, demanding work environments. These attachments are subject to heavy wear and tear and may require maintenance. Unlike standard attachments, they may also need to be specially ordered, risking downtime if your only available attachment needs repairs or maintenance.It’s recommended that you have a spare heavy duty attachment available to manage these problems. Forklift repair companies can also assist with advice and guidance for managing possible issues.
  • Working remotely: Another issue involving possible downtime is working on a remote site, where attachment service issues can be problematic. It’s a good idea to ensure that you can get help from your forklift maintenance team ASAP, preferably with backup services. Also, ensure that you have a spare attachment to manage these problems.

Talk to the Experts about Forklift Attachments

Aussie Forklifts are your one stop shop in Sydney for any forklift services, technical support, repairs or expert advice about forklift attachments. We can help with finding the right attachments and any fitting advice or other guidance you need.
If you’re in need of a new forklift extension right now, you might want to consider forklift hire. This way, you can source what you need now and organise your new forklift extension in the meantime.

For more information, give us a call on (02) 9679 8992 or use our online contact form.

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