The term “Jib Boom” dates back to the early 1800’s when sailors would attach booms to ships in order to offload cargo. While booms are still used on commercial ships to move cargo to and fro, there are smaller applications for which a jib boom can come in handy.
Typically, jib booms in manufacturing are seen on forklifts and small cranes to move cargo from one area to another. Forklift jib booms, however, are especially useful, as they add to the usefulness of the forklift itself.
The advantages of a forklift jib boom are wide-reaching. They are much more affordable than a small jib crane, and perform many of the same tasks. Forklift jib booms can allow the forklift driver to reach in tight spaces to grasp loads-even spaces as small as a window.
Typically, a jib boom forklift attachment comes with either one or two two swivel-type hooks. One hook is fixed at the end of the jib, and the other hook (If supplied) may attach to the underside at varying positions in order to allow for two-point hook-up. Some jib boom models may telescope, offering further reach, while some are fixed length. Jib booms are usually made of steel or carbon steel, and come in a variety of pocket widths and colors.
Attaching the jib boom is easy. Simply drive the forklift to the jib boom, and align the pockets with the fork on the jib boom, and raise the forks. The jib boom will likely have a safety chain to secure the boom.
Jib booms may have varying load capacities-anywhere from 500 to 6,000 lbs.
Before purchasing a jib boom for your forklift, be sure to check with OSHA guidelines to be sure that your workers and your equipment remain safe and compliant and all times.