Drum handling fork attachment acts quickly
19 January 2015
St Clare Engineering has developed a Quick Attach/Release drum handler fork attachment, the Grab-O-Matic QR-2-DLR can be securely attached to the forks and released without the need for the truck driver to dismount from his cab.
A Carriage Hook Plate is bolted to the centre of the fork truck carriage, this then stays in place permanently as it does not interfere with the normal lifting and moving of pallets and is only 300mm wide.
The forks are inserted fully into the fork pockets and raised, a sprung loaded lever locks behind the Carriage Hook Plate and will only release when the unit is lowered to the ground, this reverses the action and the forks can be withdrawn from the unit.
This process eliminates the need for the fork truck driver to dismount from his cab to secure the drum grabs to the forks with either ‘T’ bolts or chains saving valuable time when switching attachments, the system is safer as it reduces the risk of accidents due to the ‘I can’t be bothered to get off and secure the unit to the forks syndrome’.
The Quick Release frames are universal with all current Grab-O-Matic pillars and gripping heads, this is a safe, secure and efficient way to attach the Grab-O-Matics to any fork truck, the only information we require when ordering is the size and type of carriage your trucks have and the length, width and thickness of the forks.
All the Grab-O-Matic range of fork attachments can be manufactured using the Quick Release System, increasing safety and decreasing change over times for attachments.
The unit shown in the photo above has stainless steel gripping heads for us in clean or hazardous or areas.