The stated capacity of a forklift only applies to the load center indicated on the data plate. If the load is not centered at the specified position, the forklift’s capacity will be reduced. Loads come in all shapes and sizes, not just symmetrical boxes. An example is standard pipe or unstacked lumber that is not tied together. The load size, position, and weight distribution critically affect the forklift’s capacity and the stability of the truck.
This 16 page booklet is an excellent resource to compliment our training program, and addresses the following areas: