Call Toll Free - 888-670-1195
2018 Skyjack SJ1056 Image
Stock Number: EQC012374
Make: Skyjack
Model: SJ1056
Year: 2018
2018 Skyjack SJ1056 Details
2015 Terex CTT 121A-5 TS16 Image
Stock Number: 600017
Make: Terex
Model: CTT 121A-5 TS16
Year: 2015
2015 Terex CTT 121A-5 TS16 Details
2007 Potain HDT80 Image
Stock Number: 600194
Make: Potain
Model: HDT80
Year: 2007
2007 Potain HDT80 Details
2013 Hyundai 110D-7E Image
Stock Number: EQU010604
Make: Hyundai
Model: 110D-7E
Year: 2013
2013 Hyundai 110D-7E Details
2012 Miller Big Blue 400D Image
Stock Number: 231276
Make: Miller
Model: Big Blue 400D
Year: 2012
2012 Miller Big Blue 400D Details
2008 Combilift C12000SL Image
Stock Number: EQU008108
Make: Combilift
Model: C12000SL
Year: 2008
2008 Combilift C12000SL Details
 
Komatsu Gas Forklifts

Komatsu Gas Forklifts

Forklift Operation - Maintaining the Stability Triangle
Amongst the key basic discussions with lift trucks is taking into account the center of gravity and the stability triangle. Amongst the most complicated things for a lift truck operator to determine is the importance of maintaining their center of gravity in their stability triangle.

The Stability Triangle
A forklift has a 3-point suspension system. The stability triangle is created when imaginary lines are drawn between these three points. The operator should make sure that the center of gravity, that is created, together with the machinery and his load, remains in the stability triangle to be able to prevent the forklift from losing balance and tipping over.

Centers of Gravity
How is the center of gravity defined? When it comes to utilizing a lift truck, we need to be concerned not just with the center of gravity of the load being lifted but as well with the combined center of gravity. This comprises the load which is being picked up and the lift truck itself.

The load center is defined as the load's center of gravity. In a uniform load situation, like a bale for example, the load center can be more easily detected. A uniform load on a 48 inch long pallet, for example, will have the load center at 24 inches. This is a common load center for many smaller capacity lift trucks. Then again, if a load is not properly centered, such as with non-symmetrical things, maybe an engine for example, then a lot of care and caution have to be taken in order to gauge the center of gravity.

Moreover, the lift truck has it's own center of gravity. This shifts each time the lift truck picks up a load. Once the load is lifted, the center of gravity shifts forward. Care should be taken in order to maintain the center of gravity within the forklift's stability triangle. This happens by following the numbers and not lifting more than the maximum allowable, given the center of the load. What's more, the load center should be considered. Be very careful whenever raising the load, the load center also shifts forward.

If the stability triangle is respected and the center of gravity is maintained, the operator and all employees and pedestrians close by can stay a lot safer. This would guarantee balanced loads, a balanced equipment and safer for everyone.

  • MEC Aerial Lift Platforms
    Many of the products offered by MEC are well-built and unique within the material handling industry. Their international distribution dealer network helps its partners stand out from their competitors. MEC proudly offers various specialty products... More
  • Skyjack Knuckle Boom Lifts
    Boom Truck Like cranes, boom trucks can be outfitted with a winch for lifting. It depends on the vehicle size and weight determines the type of cargo which can be lifted. Because of the capability... More
  • Komatsu Lift Trucks
    Originally from Japan, Komatsu is a major construction company and heavy machine manufacturer. They have been in business for more than 50 years and have built a solid reputation within the industry. Komatsu began to... More
  • Mitsubishi Gas Forklifts
    Based on the forklift regulations, an employer is not required to replicate previous training of a new operator. To be able to deal with particular workplace hazards and particular workplace equipment, training has to be... More
  • Nissan Diesel Forklift
    The number of choices which need to be made when choosing a new or used forklift can really be overwhelming, whether you are thinking of expanding your business fleet of lift trucks or if you... More