Put a Fork in It, You're Done


Megan Wild 

It doesn’t matter if you live just outside of the city or if you’re far out in the countryside. From meeting your composting and canning needs, cutting and gathering firewood, seeding, planting and harvesting, livestock care and equipment management, you hardly have any time for fun or frivolity. Plus the chicken coops, don’t forget the chickens.

Because of this extensive list of to-dos, it’s important farmers and homesteaders use the best and most reliable equipment possible. On any list by an expert, no matter the length or the purpose, one of the items under suggestion may include the forklift. While usually associated with heavy construction operations, this piece of equipment can be just as useful on dirt as on concrete.

Why Buy a Forklift for the Farm?

When you think of a farm or a ranch, the first thing that comes to mind are planted crops. Crops, dirt, a large red building with white doors, and a green landscape. That’s the universal picture of agriculture, and it rarely includes anything else, at least initially. Surprisingly enough, people don’t usually think of heavy machinery when they think of farming, but homesteads often possess a number of heavy pieces of equipment in addition to industrial-sized containers and items.

forklift attachment on farm

Make Basic Grunt Work Easier With a Forklift

Now you’re remembering tractors, aren’t you? Transporting heavy equipment and tools are one of the benefits of having a forklift close at hand on your farm. Work you can accomplish efficiently and effectively with the use of this particular machine includes:

6/24/2019 10:58:29 AM

Now days they make fork attachments that attach to loader buckets on your tractors, these can be a viable alternative to buying a dedicated Forklift vehicle and then buying attachments for that, such as plows, loader bucket, etc., which you may already own/have for your tractor. Yes, it may not lift as much or as high as a dedicated forklift vehicle, but depending on your needs it may be a good alternative. Also there are some manufacturers that make a Forklift unit that can replace you loader bucket on your tractor. You remove the bucket and then attach the Fork lift unit and now you have a forklift. This too can be a good alternative to buying or leasing a dedicated forklift vehicle, depending on your specific needs. Even a property owner, with acreage, that has equipment to maintain that acreage and has a large garden, and maybe has some animals, a forklift would come in handy. Especially when that equipment needs repairs and you need to load it on to a truck, a forklift would greatly aid in that. When you buy supplies for you garden and/or for animals, especially in Bulk, a forklift definitely will come in handy to help unload and/or move the supplies. If you need to make repairs to you barn(s) a Forklift vehicle can come in handy, it can help you reach areas that a ladder may not be able to reach and will save time and money by not having to set up scaffolding.

12/1/2017 4:09:40 PM

Megan, yes, indeed. A fork lift would have been great to have on the farm when I was growing up. I would have saved a lot of aching muscles that's for sure. If they ever manufacture a mini fork lift that will transverse a 30 inch pathway between raised beds, I might consider it. Old age is starting to creep up on me and I need all the help I can get. ***** Have a great forklift day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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