Lumber Attachments 101: Standard vs. Lumber Forks

Posted on May 17th, 2016

Forklift forks? Those are all the same right? Not if you’re working with lumber, or other non-pallet-able items like logs, sheets, or loose materials. Standard forks are great for pallets and general warehousing. However, when it comes to loose materials, the blunt end and unpolished finish makes it more difficult on your operator to get the job done.

Enter, the fully tapered and polished fork, or FTP for short. Sometimes these are also called lumber, or plywood forks. These forks have a fully tapered body allowing for a much sharper end. This allows your operator to slide the fork between products instead of accidently ramming the end of the fork into a log, board, or other valuable materials.

FTP forks also feature a polished finish. The polished finish isn’t just there to look good, it reduces the amount of friction between the fork and your product making loading items like lumber safely, and efficiently.

Ok, so why not just buy FTP forks and forget about standard forks? Hold your horses! Here are 3 very good reasons to also have a set of standard forks.


  • FTP forks have a wider body, which is great for keeping loose material steady during transport, but will cause problems if you try to fit them into pallets.


  • Standard Forks have blunt ends and a thicker body making them more durable when handling pallets.


  • Standard forks also offer slightly higher capacity because of the differences listed above, making them ideal for heavier lifting when using pallets.


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There you have it! You have many different jobs around your mill, lumber yard, or warehouse for your forklift and skid street operators. Make sure your operators have the right forks for either job and you’ll save time and money; not only that, but you’ll get the job done the right way for your customers.

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