Forklift Stability and the Importance of Center Gravity

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Forklift stability

Manufacturers rate all forklifts with a maximum weight capacity at a specific height and load center. You can use the forklift load center of gravity to ensure that your load is balanced and safe during transport.

Understanding how to use the load center to increase forklift stability is essential to maintaining a functional work environment.

What Is Load Center?

A load center is the distance from the vertical face of the forks to the load’s center of gravity. The center identifies where you should place a load to keep your forklift balanced while lifting heavy pallets. A solid center of gravity on the forklift will keep your load secure and steady.

Forklifts are assigned horizontal and vertical load centers so you can determine the exact dimensions you need to center your pallet. These load centers will be labeled with either 24, 36 or 48 inches per the safety standard’s recommendation. A 24-inch load center is most common for forklifts in the U.S.

Why Load Center and Center of Gravity Is Important for Forklifts

Adhering to safety guidelines and using your forklift’s load center is crucial to keeping your forklift steady and maintaining a safe environment for your employees. Centering your load prevents your forklift from tipping and increases efficiency.

When you balance your forklift loads, you’ll see increased business productivity. Your forklifts will function properly and avoid time-consuming accidents. Boost your forklift’s functionality by centering pallet loads and increasing the machine’s stability.

How to Determine Your Forklift’s Load Center

Determining your forklift load center is a simple process that can save your business time and money in the long run. Use the following information found on the forklift’s data plate to understand how you should stack your loads for optimal efficiency:

  • Load center distance
  • Mast vertical
  • Forward tilt
  • Height

The load center of evenly-stacked loads, such as pallets, will be in the center of the load. If a load is 1000mm, the load center would be 500mm. You should also keep in mind the maximum length and height of a load based on the details from the data plate.

A load that exceeds the recommended load center distance should only be lifted if it is well under the maximum weight.

Contact RAKA for More Details

RAKA has an established team of experts ready to answer all of your forklift questions. We offer a wide selection of high-quality forklifts so you can find equipment that meets your specific needs.

Contact us online today to learn more.


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