Forklift Jib Essential Guide | All Lifting
Forklift Jib Essential Guide - All Lifting


A forklift jib is a common type of attachment for forklift trucks. Forklift jibs are designed to slide and secure easily onto forklift tines. They usually have a hook at the end of the jib for quick attachment to the load.

Purpose of a forklift jib
The main purpose of a forklift jib is to easily attach to, lift, and transport a load.  A forklift jib can be used in warehouses, workshops and factories, and can be custom made to suit a particular application or repetitive workplace task.

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The most common types are:

  • Fixed Forklift Jib – these are best for repetitive tasks where adjustments are not needed.
  • Extendable forklift jib – able to be extended to certain lengths, telescope style. Each length will have a different working load limit.
  • Adjustable forklift jib – able to adjust to different angles. Different angles will have an impact on the working load limit of the forklift jib.

Working load limit of a forklift jib
Forklift jibs are made to a certain working load limit (WLL) e.g. 2 tonne. The weight of the load must not exceed this working load limit. The working load limit will be clearly displayed on the forklift jib. It is important to remember that a working load limit can be decreased when an adjustable jib is extended, or positioned at an angle.

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Inspecting and testing forklift jibs
Forklift jibs should be periodically inspected and load tested by a capable Inspection Officer. All Lifting can provide inspections, load testing and certification of forklift jibs. Forklift truck license holders must be retrained to safely operate a new forklift jib. The added weight of a forklift jib can potentially overload a forklift, or cause tipping due to a change in the centre of gravity.

All Lifting has a complete range of forklift jib, used in factories and warehouses across a wide range of industries where heavy lifting is required.  All Lifting can custom make a forklift jib to your specific requirements.


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