How to Move More Product in Less Time

by John Kenley on September 26, 2019
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There are only so many hours in a day. So if you need to get more done in the same amount of time, forklift attachments are a great way to go. No matter what kind of product you move, the right forklift attachment can pay for itself in improved efficiency by:

  • Moving twice as much product
  • Improving driver productivity
  • Simplifying your workflow
  • Reducing product handling/damage
  • Eliminating costly, strenuous, and sometimes dangerous manual labor

Every business has to stay focused on speed, costs and quality. Forklift attachments can help you improve all three things by reducing product handling. Let’s start with weigh forks:

Weigh product as you move it with weigh forks
Cascade’s weigh forks include a built-in scale and legal-for-trade certified, so you can weigh and transport product in one easy step.  In addition to reducing handling, weigh forks help quickly detect picking errors and improve accuracy.

Fork positioners easily adjust to different pallet sizes. If your operators regularly deal with pallets of different sizes, a fork positioner attachment can save them a ton of time. Fork positioners allow the operator to adjust the distance between forks without leaving their seat and can eliminate hand, finger, and back injuries that are commonly occur when moving large heavy forks in and out.

Improve operator productivity with a sideshifter
Sideshifters are one of the most popular attachments we sell because they allow the operator to move the forks left and right without getting out of their seat. A sideshifter can be combined with what might be our most popular attachment - the single-double.

Move two pallets (or more) at once
The single-double allows you to move more product in less time. We carry Cascade’s single-double which is designed to easily navigate narrow aisles in single-pallet mode, then expand to handle two pallets. It also comes with a sideshifter.

Single-doubles are  the most common multiple pallet handler, but there are larger options available. If your lift truck has enough capacity, you can move 3, 4 or even more pallets at once. 

Rotators and Bin Dumpers
For customers looking to quickly dump loads, Rotators, and Bin Dumpers can provide a huge time and labor cost savings.


Rotator attachments are commonly used to dump agricultural goods, such as grapes, hops, fruit and berries into hoppers for processing, or larger truck beds for transportation. Other applications include waste management & recycling.

If your forklift has two hydraulic functions, you can add a side-shifting fork bar rotator. This allows you to use the rotator to dump and also use the side-shifter during normal operations. 

Rotators are a better fit where there are horizontal space constraints, as they dump sideways. Forward bin dumpers are used when it's quicker or more practical to dump forward rather than sideways.

We sell traditional forward bin dumpers, but this new Cascade Quick Fork Mount Bin Dumper is catching on with our customers in northern California. It's easy to take off when you need to use the lift for other applications. 

Switch from pallets to slipsheets
A push/pull attachment allows you to ship, receive and move loads on inexpensive slip sheets instead of heavy pallets. Bagged products such as seed and cement work well with slip sheets, as do cased food, electronics, cosmetics and bottled beverages. Using a push/pull also gives the driver better visibility.
Toyota Forklifts for the Oakland Cool Port

Read our case study about why Cool Port Oakland chose push/pull attachments and lithium batteries for their fleet. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: when buying a new forklift, mention any attachments you plan to add. For example, if you plan to use a single-double, it’s better for the dealer to know during the during the quoting phase because you’ll need a forklift with 4-hydraulic functions and a higher capacity truck.

For questions, a quote, or to schedule a demo, contact us online. You can also contact us by phone. 

San Franciso Bay - Livermore (510) 675-0500
Fresno (559) 834-9500
Sacramento (916) 376-0500
Salinas (831) 757-1091

View our Toyota forklift attachments available in Northern and Central California, or check our used forklift attachment inventory. We also rent forklift attachments  including single-doubles, paper roll clamps and fork rotators. Things can get busy around harvest time, so reserve your rental now to lock in the equipment you need.

Further Reading
3 Things to Know Before Buying a Used Forklift Attachment 
Different Types of Forklift Attachments 
Forklift Attachments for Vineyards and Wineries 

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