Crane Jib FAQ/Guides

Will the crane jib fit on my forklift?

Contacts fork mounted jibs are designed to fit onto the forks of conventional fork trucks. The main things to check when ordering a fork mounted jib to fit your forklift, are the width and thickness of your truck forks (the product tables display the maximum fork sizes they will fit) the maximum fork spread of your truck (again this information can be found in the product tables), The capacity of your truck (It is important that the combination of attachment and load do not exceed the forklifts rated load capacity). It is important to confirm if you have a conventional forklift or another type such as a Reach truck or Pedestrian Stacker as these may have fitment issues.

Contacts Carriage mounted jibs have been designed to fit onto the carriage rails of conventional forklift trucks. The important information to bear in mind when ordering a carriage mounted jib to fit your lift truck is the carriage class (the product tables display what class each jib is suitable for) and the capacity of your truck (It is important that the combination of attachment and load do not exceed the forklifts rated load capacity).

Do not worry if your truck is not suitable for a standard model! We have a bespoke design service to cater for any non-standard configurations.

How does the lifting jib fit to my forklift?

The fork mounted jibs are very simple to fit onto a Forktruck. Fork Pockets allow the Truck Forks to be driven straight in, once fully inserted the attachment can be moved. Models are fitted with heel fixing bar which is locked behind the heel of the fork.

The carriage mounted jibs have top hanger blocks which hook over the top rail of the truck carriage, (very similar to a fork design) bottom hangers then clasp the bottom rail with the attachment carriage plate. This prevents the jib from coming away from the rail. A locating lug prevents sideways movement. Two types of bottom hanger are available; Bolt on bottom hangers screw in to the attachment carriage plate. Quick Release Bottom hangers are held in place by pins and allow quicker fitting. (Q/R are an optional extra)

What documentation does the forklift jib come with?

Our Jib Lifting equipment has been manufactured over many years and have been continuously developed to meet all health and safety issues and regulations that can be related to operating this type of product. All items are supplied CE marked with a certificate of conformity & test certificate. All items are supplied with operating instructions.

How does the fork truck jib work?

Each forklift jib attachment we make has its own unique functionality and features. Data sheets can be found on the home page which gives detailed information on each product. Primarily jibs either have single or multiple lifting points. Hooks and Shackles can be adjusted along the variable holes. The weight of the load that can be lifted at each hole varies with capacity of the jib. A capacity chart can be found on each of the jib product pages. Loads can be secured to the lifting hook provided using straps, eye bolts or shackles for example. Lifting of the load is carried out by the mast of the truck. The Jib simply supplies the frame work to be able to convert your forktruck into a crane.

Will the attachment be suitable for my load?

When selecting a forklift jib attachment for your application, it is important to ensure that you are certain of the size and type of load that's being handled. It is crucial that an accurate weight of the load is know, and also the overall dimensions of the load. When dealing with unsymmetrical loads it is important to know the load centre. When dealing with loads with fixed lifting points it is important to know the lifting point dimensions. If you require technical advice our sales department will be happy to assist you.

Will the crane jib be suitable for my workplace?

It is important to be aware of the environment that the crane jib will be used in. Consideration should be given to the working conditions as well as any restrictions. The dimensions of the attachment should be checked against any restrictions you may have in your workplace, i.e. lift height, door heights, access to the load. It should also be noted that when a forklift is fitted with a jib it is deemed to become a crane and is subject to the relevant crane legislation.