High capacity materials handling can be found in all kinds of applications and environments, often with harsh conditions to contend with or colossal loads to manage. Cascade forks and attachments provide powerful solutions for handling heavy loads, from paper to pulp to pipe, or from steel to stone to slab.
"We offer capacities to match the largest forklifts, and we can always find the tool to match your needs," says Cascade global product manager, Doug Pierce. "Our materials handling expertise allows Cascade to provide customers with powerful solutions, no matter the application."
Tackling Rugged Applications: Heavy-Duty Tools
For any forklift in need of high-capacity forks, you'll find your solution at Booforge Steel, a subsidiary of Cascade based in Karlskoga, Sweden. Booforge is a world-leading manufacturer of customized and large lift truck forks. By utilizing high-quality materials and advanced forging processes cultivated over 350 years, Booforge forks offer uniquely high carrying capacities, with models rated up to 150 metric tons (330,600 lbs). These advanced manufacturing processes also allow Booforge to offer forks with thin profiles but extreme strength. These thin, high-strength blades allow easy entry under stacks of material, such as lumber, without damaging the goods. When your heavy-duty application demands strength and precision, Booforge forks are your answer.
Cascade prides itself on offering more custom products than anyone else in the industry. In fact, our world-class engineering and manufacturing teams customize the majority of our large attachments in order to meet the specific needs of the customer. In a recent project for example, a Column Handler, was built to handle massive steel columns, measuring approximately 8.5 meters (28 feet) long, 2.4 meters (7.75 feet) wide and weighing up to 9700 kg (21,385 pounds), as part of a large-scale construction project. Typically, the maneuvering and installation of these steel columns uses cranes, which requires a large team of workers and significant time invested for every column installed. What's more, this construction site was located underground, and the space restrictions meant that crane installation would have been excessively difficult and time consuming. The customer partnered with Cascade in order to reach a solution that was faster and more flexible than the existing methods. The Column Handler, once completed, was able to be lowered into the construction site in one piece and then installed on the heavy-duty forklift on site, a more streamlined process than what's necessary for larger equipment. To enable precision placement of the columns and smooth, efficient handling overall, the Column Handler clamp was built to offer 360-degree rotation, tilt, swivel, sideshifting, and reach functions, with a carrying capacity of up to 12,000 kg (26,455 lbs.). With the variety of features designed specifically for the customer, the Column Handler provided excellent improvements in efficiency for the construction site and significantly decreased installation time for each column.