#AskCascade: How do I select the right attachment for my lift truck’s specifications?
When you’re choosing a Cascade attachment for your lift truck, you’ll need to know some important lift truck specifications to make sure the two machines work together. These specifications include things like mounting type, number of hydraulic functions, and capacity.
Mounting type and number of hydraulic functions are basic features of your truck that determine which version of a Cascade attachment you would select. Most attachments offer different mounting options to satisfy the configurations of different sizes of lift truck. If the attachment you want to use features multiple functions, such as clamping in addition to side shifting or rotating, your lift truck will need to satisfy the right number of hydraulic functions in order to make use of all features.
Capacity is an important factor in your selection regardless of whether you are buying the truck with the attachment or are adding the attachment to a truck yourself. In addition to ensuring stability and avoiding damage to the truck, you want to make sure that the truck can do the work you need done.
Forklift truck manufacturers generally calculate the residual capacity of a truck & attachment combination using engineering formulas. Cascade offers a Capacity Calculator to help you estimate this information. This calculation tool is intended for use only as a guide. It can provide you with a basis for discussion with your supplier and give you an idea of your limits. However, residual capacity of the lift truck/attachment combination must be determined according to the instructions of the Lift Truck Manufacturer
Cascade Sales can supply you with attachment specifications, including things like weight, lost load, and center of gravity, to use with your truck manufacturer's capacity calculations. We have the attachment expertise to help you find the solution best suited to your equipment and help make sure you get the job done. It is important to refer to your lift truck’s original manufacturer for information on truck specifications to ensure accuracy.
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