Adaptalift TV - Introduction to Forklift Masts
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Adaptalift Hyster is pleased to announce the launch of our new Adaptalift TV, a series of YouTube videos offering forklift tips, advice and information.
In this first episode we take a look at the different types of forklift masts available including: 2, 3 and 4 stage masts as well as container masts.
We also look at the concept of free lift, which is the amount of height a forklifts tynes can lift off the ground before the collapsed height of the mast increases.
Full Video Transcript
Welcome to the first edition of Adaptalift Hyster TV.
Today we will be taking a look at the different types of forklift masts available, whilst also demonstrating and explaining some key terminology related to forklift masts.
First of all we’ll take a quick overview of the different parts that are connected to a forklift mast, these include: the tynes, carriage, the mast and the centre cylinder.
There are a number of different types of masts available, these include: 2,3 and 4 stage masts as well as container masts.
A 2-stage mast is made up of 2 sections, whilst a 3-stage mast is made up of 3 sections.
Now let’s take a look at a 2-stage and 3-stage mast in operation.
As you can see the 2-stage mast has 2 sections on the right.
And the 3-stage mast on the left has 3 sections.
A 2-stage mast offers better visibility as there aren’t as many mast sections impeding the driver’s forward view.
A 3-stage mast offers less visibility as there is one more mast section impeding the driver’s forwards view, as well as a large centre cylinder which controls the raising and lowering of the mast.
Now we will look at and explain the concept of free lift.
Free lift is the amount of height a forklifts tynes can lift off the ground before the collapsed height of the mast increases.
2-stage masts generally have limited or no free lift, as you can see when this 2-stage mast and carriage are raised almost immediately the mast extends beyond the collapsed height.
3-stage masts offer full free lift, as you can see when this 3-stage mast and carriage are raised the carriage is able to reach the top of the collapsed height of the mast before the second stage extends upwards.
All 2-stage masts collapsed extend beyond the top of the forklift cabin.
3-stage masts are often referred to as container masts, as the collapsed height of the mast is equal to the top of the forklift cabin.
This enables the units to fit into containers and other confined spaces to operate.
For more information and other blog posts, visit our website at http://www.aalhysterforklifts.com.au
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