Forklifts are versatile machines, with applications across industry. From moving pallets in warehouses to carrying heavy material on construction sites, we see forklifts in nearly every manufacturing and warehousing application. What some people don’t know is that forklifts can be used for more than just storing pallets and lifting bricks and steel joists. With a forklift towing attachment, your forklift can be transformed into a short-distance tow-truck. Let’s take a look at what a forklift towing attachment is, and how you can use a forklift to tow a variety of vehicles.
What is a Forklift Towing Attachment?
A forklift towing attachment is a piece of equipment that attaches to a forklift to enable towing capabilities. There are many different forklift towing attachments on the market, most of which provide an affordable way to expand the capabilities of a forklift. Common forklift towing attachments make use of either a simple bolt-on tow ball or a wheel lift attachment, like the Forklift Wrecker, which allows for a greater range of towing capabilities.
Can You Tow With a Forklift?
Towing with a forklift is not for use on public roads and is intended only for parking lot use. It’s important to only tow within your forklift truck’s capacity. Each forklift truck has a different lift capacity, and it’s important to adhere to those guidelines before you attempt to tow anything with a forklift.
Forklift towing attachments are primarily designed for short-distance towing. If you plan to tow any kind of vehicle a long distance, a forklift towing attachment is not your best option. But, if you’re looking to move winterized boats across a lot or shuffle vehicles waiting to be serviced, a forklift towing attachment is the ideal, affordable solution.
Common Applications of a Forklift Towing Attachment
Forklift towing attachments are designed to help you move a variety for vehicles, from damaged cars to boats, across short distances. Because forklift towing attachments are much more affordable than a tow truck, they’re ideal for the following applications:
Impound Lot Forklift Towing
Impound lots have a constant influx of property. From RVs to vehicles and even boats, municipal impound lots and auction lots are home to a number of vehicles, many of which do not run, or do not have keys to turn them on. With a forklift towing attachment, impound lots don’t need to call a wrecker every time they need a vehicle moved or taken off the lot.
Service Garage Forklift Towing
Service garages also deal with a constant shuffling of vehicles. Most service garages have small lots and need to move and rearrange vehicles often to maximize space on the lot, and service the right vehicles at the right time. Tow trucks are not only expensive to call, but many service garages with their own tow trucks make more revenue when those trucks are on the road. A forklift towing attachment enables service garages to shift vehicles around affordably, and in tight spaces, without the need to detain their revenue-generating tow truck.
Junkyard Forklift Towing
Where other applications have to worry about moving vehicles that might not start, or that don’t have keys, junkyards have an added complication — many of the vehicles stored at a junkyard are damaged. Here, a forklift towing attachment like the Forklift Wrecker is particularly effective.
Because the Forklift Wrecker functions like a traditional wheel lift, the vehicle need only have two working wheels. The forklift towing attachment slides under the two front or back wheels, and lifts. Once the operator has secured the wheels to the Forklift Wrecker’s c-hooks, any vehicle — even a damaged one — is easily moved across the yard to its destination.
Repo Lot Forklift Towing
Similar to impound lot towing, repo lots often deal with vehicles that do not have keys. Though they must return the property to the lender, many repo companies need a small lot to store repossessed vehicles for a short period of time.
While vehicles are on the repo lot, it’s often necessary to move them around to maximize storage or pull out a vehicle that’s parked behind others. In these situations, a forklift towing attachment is useful. It’s inexpensive, and can easily do the work of retrieving and repositioning vehicles on the lot. This frees up repo trucks to hit the road, where they’re able to pick up more vehicles, in less time.
Forklift towing attachments are an affordable, effective tool that can provide efficient and versatile towing solutions for nearly any application where you need to move vehicles around a lot. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty towing attachment you can trust to get the job done, the Forklift Wrecker is the forklift towing attachment you’re looking for. For more information, give our team a call at 877-593-6959 or contact us online today.
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