Push-pulls are very specific lift truck attachments that have 1 function: to move non-palletised goods. Attachments can usually perform multiple functions: e.g. clamping and moving. Despite the limited functionalities of the push-pull, this attachments gradually gains in popularity in the food-processing industry, construction and the maritime sector. The reason why is clear: using a push-pull is lucrative.
How does a push-pull work?
The name of this lift truck attachment also describes its functioning: the attachment pushes itself against the load and then pulls the load, which has been placed on a slip sheet, towards itself.
By using a push-pull, you can primarily save on pallets and storage space:
- Purchasing slip sheets is cheaper than purchasing pallets.
- You create more space inside lorries and containers during transport by not using pallets.
- More storage space inside the warehouse by omitting pallets.
- You reduce the risk of a damaged load, which in most cases is caused by broken pallets.
How does the installation take place?
You can opt for a carriage-mounted version. This model is useful for companies that make extensive use of the push-pull. The residual capacity of the lift truck will also be higher than with the models that are installed on the lift truck forks. This way, you also save a pair of forks that aren't used.
If you use the push-pull less frequently and consequently prefer not to provide a dedicated lift truck that only uses a push-pull, then it is better to opt for a model that is installed on the lift truck forks. The push-pull is equipped with fork sleeves at the bottom, in which the lift truck forks are inserted. This allows you to quickly connect or disconnect the push-pull.
With or without slip sheet holder
You can opt for a push-pull with or without slip sheet holder. The version with slip sheet holder allows you to reuse plastic, sheets of paper or cardboard placed underneath the load. In some warehouses, large loads are sometimes stacked on top of each other. In this situation, it isn't necessary to stack loads by means of pallets or slip sheets. By using a fork clamp, a few boxes are taken down from this load.
This option is also useful when you use slip sheets in your warehouse, but your customer uses pallets. The customer comes to pick up his load and pallets are waiting in his container. By means of a push-pull, you can easily place the goods loaded on a slip sheet in your warehouse, onto the pallets of the customer, while keeping your slip sheet. This way, the slip sheets remain in your company.
Want to learn more about the technical aspects and structure of a push-pull? Then continue reading here.