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Old dogs - new tricks!

WHO SAYS YOU can't teach an old dog new tricks? This old dog is still capable of learning new tricks! The photo you see here is a 5-tonne rough terrain forklift truck - and guess who's just been given a licence to drive it?

This is the biggest forklift truck my depot has and to give you some sense of scale those big front wheels are 48'' high.

I passed the test a couple of weeks ago but hadn't actually had an opportunity to put my training into practice - until yesterday that is when I was given the task of loading four articulated lorries with lots and lots of security fence panels (the kind you see around building sites).

Since this was my first real go at using the forklift I was a little bit apprehensive but the lorry drivers were very helpful, giving me instructions like 'Back a bit - stop' , 'Left a bit - stop' and 'That'll do - put them down'.

The whole job took just under an hour and I think I did very well for a first attempt considering I didn't drop anything, no-one got hurt and not once was I instructed to 'Go forth and multiply'! emoticon :winking:

Image Credit » Kasman

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MegL wrote on July 20, 2017, 7:31 PM

LOL, it's always good to learn a new skill! Learning to drive that might even be considered fun. :)

kyntoxicity wrote on July 20, 2017, 8:56 PM

That's why they say knowledge is vast. :D keep it up !

VinceSummers wrote on July 20, 2017, 9:16 PM

A special license, eh? It looks like a license is necessary for everything these days. How enterprising of governments. Sounds like you're tickled pink.

Kasman wrote on July 21, 2017, 3:00 PM

It's great fun!

Kasman wrote on July 21, 2017, 3:04 PM

Actually it wasn't a new licence since I already have a licence for a smaller forklift. It was simply an 'add-on' qualification which is necessary every time a driver moves up to a bigger forklift.

Kasman wrote on July 21, 2017, 3:06 PM

Live and learn, as they say!

lookatdesktop wrote on July 22, 2017, 9:10 PM

I would never try this at home nor at work. LOL. the most experience I have had was a manual pallet jack or an electric one you pull around while walking. Have you ever used a SQUEEZE TRUCK? just wondering.

BarbRad wrote on July 23, 2017, 12:10 AM

That's an accomplishment. I'd be afraid to try it. Will you be doing this often?

Kasman wrote on July 23, 2017, 12:09 PM

I assume you are referring to what is known in the UK as a 'clamp truck' which squeezes the load as it lifts. There is no requirement in my depot for this kind of truck but one of my brothers-in-law works in a local distillery and he uses a clamp truck to move barrels of raw spirit.

Kasman wrote on July 23, 2017, 12:16 PM

Simply driving them is very easy. Everything is hydraulic but works much like a car with automatic transmission - put in it 'drive', push a pedal to go and push another pedal to stop. The hard part is using them to their full potential, which can take years of practice. I don't think I'll be doing this more than a couple of hours a week and since I retire in 14 months I'll always be a beginner!

lookatdesktop wrote on July 25, 2017, 8:37 AM

Yes, this is what I was referring to. The Clamp Truck. They used it at Sears Logistics Services Shipping Department to pick up washers and dryers and such to load onto trailer trucks.