I have seen many fork lift tines forged from materials ranging from 1045 up to alloy steels (4340 I think) which were quenched and tempered. It all depended on the thickness and the load capacity. Many tines break by fatigue cracking in the inside of the bend. Many are replaced due to wear on the underside.
What kind of steel are forklift forks made out of?
Forklift tines are usually made from 4340, a very tough steel.
How are forklift forks so strong?
The bend area is the thickest and strongest area along the lenght of the fork, formed by a process called upset forging. If overloaded a forklift fork will probably bend somewhere forward of the 90 degree bend. , Consultant. Heel is the bottom side of the 90 degree bend of blades.
Can you weld on forklift forks?
RE: Welding of Forklift forks
Obviously it can be done, otherwise they couldn’t be manufactured. But 90% of mechanics and welders shouldn’t attempt it. I’ve worked for several OEM forklift manufacturers and have seen some nasty field repairs/upgrades.
How thick are the forks on a forklift?
Typically, the fork thickness should be between 1 ¼ and 1 ¾ inches, although this can vary depending on the size of the load. Inspecting your lift fork is a crucial component of forklift maintenance. Be sure to adhere to a schedule ensuring that areas such as fork thickness remain in good shape.
How far apart are forklift forks?
High capacity forklifts can have fork spacings as much as 9 or 10 feet. Generally, the forks can be adjusted from almost no clearance between them to the maximum spacing of the particular lift truck.
What is a Class 2 forklift?
Class II forklifts are electric, narrow aisle models. As the name suggests, Class II forklifts are designed with maneuverability that allows them to operate in tight spaces and narrow aisles.
Why are forklifts so strong?
The main reason a forklift is so heavy is that they include the counterweight. This is necessary to keep the forklift from tipping over when it’s in use.