American Forklift Scale
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What is a power converter and why do I need one?

At American Forklift Scale, we don’t only sell scales for all your industrial applications, we also have accessories to make sure those scales perform at high efficiency. One of these accessories is the power converter.

A power converter is an electrical device that converts electricity from one form to another. This can be in a wide variety of applications, such as changing voltage or converting from AC to DC and vice-versa.

What does this have to do with forklift scales? Forklifts of different varieties can also have different varieties of power generation, especially internationally. Using a power converter, you can make sure your forklift scale is using the proper electrical output to get the job done. Having a forklift scale in tip-top shape will ensure accurate measurements exactly when you need them.

If you need a power converter for your forklift scales, check it out here.

The Many Benefits of Forklift Scales

Have you been thinking of outfitting your fleet with forklift scales, but can’t quite make the decision? Maybe you know you need them, but don’t really know what they can do for you? Let’s take a look at some great reasons why scales are a great investment.

1. Take out the guesswork. If you have product to move and sell, you need to know exactly how much you are dealing with. Simply ‘eyeballing it’ can upset buyers, lose you money, or even violate transportation regulations. Having an accurate scale can save time, money, and headache.

2. Super accurate. Speaking of accuracy, modern forklift scales take the cake. Scales sold by American Forklift Scale are 98-99% accurate, giving you an exact accounting of your product so you don’t have to worry.

3. Backed by awesome tech support. Okay, this one is more for scales sold by American Forklift Scale. But it’s still a great reason. American Forklift Scale has astounding technical support on every type of scale sold. Have a question about your scale’s functionality, or simply need help installing it? Contact them today! Email tech support any time, or give them a call and they will walk you through it. Remember, a scale is only good as long as it works properly.

If you are on the fence about outfitting your machines with scales, today is the day you hop off that fence. For more information about the scales sold by American Forklift Scale, take a look at the great things they have to offer.

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Don’t get left out in the rain!

When a lot of people think about forklifts, they think of them scurrying around a warehouse, carrying pallets and filling waiting trucks. The image of an Amazon warehouse with a fleet of diligent forklifts comes to mind.

While working inside a warehouse is definitely a main job for a forklift, performing work outside is also in its repertoire. Many machines, such as hay squeezes, spend more time outside than inside. When you have devices such as forklift or hay squeeze scales attached to such machines, you don’t want to have to remove them at the end of every day and when it rains. That’s why it’s a good idea to get a weather covering for your forklift scales, so you will know that no matter what happens, you don’t have to worry about losing your investment simply because you forgot to bring it inside.

Equipment such as forklifts and hay squeezes are versatile machines that can work inside and outside. Their accessories, such as scales, can be versatile as well with all weather coverings.

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How hard is it to drive a forklift?

You’ve just got a job as a forklift driver? Hurray! But then you realize: you’ve never driven a forklift before. Is it hard to do?

Pretty much the answer is, “nah”. Forklifts and cars are exactly the same…in that they both have wheels. Ok they’re actually quite different. But don’t let that deter you. Bicycles and cars are very different vehicles too, but you (probably?) can ride both just fine.

Even though it is a new experience for you, it’s one that you can get a handle on relatively quickly. For some people, they are comfortable after only a few hours. Remember: practice makes perfect. Also remember to always perform diagnostics and maintenance on your forklift, and make sure you are properly trained. With practice, you will master the art of forklift driving.

If you ever feel discouraged about learning, just think, you’re doing better than this poor individual:

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When did we start using forklifts?

The forklift is an interesting invention. It’s interesting in the sense that, it’s obviously a modern innovation. But unless you are in the know, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how long they have been around. Well, wonder no longer: The first forklifts showed up in the late 1800’s, possibly even as early as the mid 1800’s. That may seem quite impressive, but bear in mind that these early forklifts were unpowered. They relied on pulleys, hoists, and human power to operate. That may seem like a far cry from today’s forklifts (and, it is), but it was a huge improvement from carrying and lifting material by hand.

The first forklift to run on its own power was battery powered, and moved luggage around a train station in Pennsylvania in 1906. More powered forklifts really started to take off during World War I. The military apparently didn’t think it was very effective to hoist bombs up with pulleys (though it’s still hard sometimes for some forklift operators today). These first powered forklifts looked like the one in the picture above. You’ll notice they didn’t have the fork in forklift yet, because pallet sizes had not been standardized yet.

Hopefully this has laid to rest the question that has been surely burning within you regarding the genesis of the modern forklift.

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What keeps a forklift from tipping over?

Ever wondered why a forklift doesn’t just tip over from all the weight its carrying? Think about it: you have a this small vehicle with two metal forks on one end carrying thousands of pounds of product or material. You would think it would just fall face first with all that weight.

The answer is pretty simple really: the forklift is heavier than whatever it’s carrying. The forklift itself acts as a counterweight to the load it’s carrying. On top of that, the back of the forklift, furthest from the material being transported, has an extra counterweight. This ensures that the weight of the load won’t overpower the forklift.

However, this doesn’t mean that they never tip over. Just like everything else, accidents do happen. An imbalanced load or a turn too sharp can spell disaster for a forklift operator. As far as weight goes though, each forklift has a weight rating that it’s designed to handle. Loads within this limit should be safe for the forklift to handle (knowing the exact weight of certain material is where forklift scales come in).

A properly trained forklift operator aware of the weight limits of his or her forklift is the best defense against forklift accidents.

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Finding a scale in a hay stack

A forklift scale is used for weighing products, as the name suggests, on forklifts. However, what if your work isn’t in a warehouse, but on the farm? That’s where the hay squeeze scale comes in.

What is a hay squeeze? A hay squeeze is a cross between a forklift and a semi truck. It can lift up a bunch of hay bales, and then move them down the highway, hence the semi truck half. Unlike a forklift though, it doesn’t have to get the forks under the hay. Instead, it uses its hydraulic forks to squeeze the bottom of the pile tight, lifting the rest up off the ground (that’s why it’s called hay squeeze). Lifting fifty bales of hay at once sure beats loading them one by one.

Like the forklift scale, the hay squeeze scale is specially designed to accurately tell the weight of the hay you have loaded. This is great for farmers who need to know how much of it they are selling, or how much of it they have for their livestock. Knowledge is power, and a hay squeeze scale can be a powerful tool.

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Forklift Scales 101

Ever wondered what a forklift scale is? Well, now you have. A forklift scale, not surprisingly, is a scale for weighing things on forklifts. By using sensors in the hydraulic system of the forklift, the scale can accurately measure resistance to whatever the forklift is lifting, thus giving the weight of the object. It sounds cool, but who would use that, and for what? Well, generally, the people who would really use a forklift scale are the ones who regularly use a forklift.

This is usually manufacturing workers and transportation loading/unloading workers. The forklift scale is essential for knowing exactly how much of a product is being loaded onto a truck, or sold, or purchased, or whatever. If you were to buy 100 pounds of dog food, you don’t want to get 100-ish pounds, you want 100 pounds. That’s why these scales are so important. Industries everywhere should only rely on good, accurate forklift scales.