Forklift i.d. question.........
First of all, I realize this is not strictly an antique tool, but I use it to move them so maybe I can justify the question that way!
I have a Clark 4 cyl. gas, hard tire forklift that looks a little sad, but runs well and lifts beautifully...but I don't know it's rated capacity. After a full afternoon of internet searching I found the serial number: CLD366376. A website shows it to be a 1959 model year, but no other info. From the serial number I THINK it is a "car loader" (hence the CL) but have no idea what the "D" is for. Now, the car loader series seem to be rated a 2k capacity, but I know I've easily exceeded that before (up to almost 4k) with no strain or signs of danger. Does anyone have any insight on older Clark forklifts?
Last edited by George Andreasen; 04-27-2009 at 08:54 PM.
Not to do with Clark lifts specifically, but I have lifted up to a ton beyond capacity with a couple different lifts of similar vintage, and they didn't sweat much.
PM Member "Bigais" has worked on and with Clarks for many years (guessing 25+) and I would venture that he's the best authority here. Probably locate him on the General New forum.
In general, a forklift will have very large lifting capacity (greater than nameplated)...you have to remind yourself that it's a moment balance about the front axle typically with a 24" Load Center on the forks at rated capacity. When the load starts getting farther out...that's where you run out of lift...but keep things close to the mast and they'll surprise you!
Thanks guys....I'll try to make contact with Bigais. Believe it or not, I'm an OSHA qualified forklift truck instructor/inspector from years ago. My only concern is that this lift probably never had a data plate, and although I'd never push anything I just don't want to break my personal "mule"!
Rule of thumb
One way to get a rough capacity on a forklift is one industry "standard" I've heard and used a number of times. A truck weighs about 1.6 times it's lifting capacity. Also, I'm sure this machine had a data plate. I will look in my Atlas books if I have a chance or I will contact my friends at forkliftyear. This is a great source for anyone in the business.
Thanks Craig, any help would be greatly appreciated. This thing is small enough to fit in my garage, but not so tiny as to be just a "toy", so I'm really cuious as to its capabilities. It needs a few things and having an exact model, year, etc. would make it much easier to find and order parts!