Kubota of Germany recently reached out to forklift attachment manufacturer KAUP to assist with the complicated problem of mounting tires onto Kubota tractors.
The issue was how to transport and lift tires and how to handle pallets of tires to increase the efficiency of the company’s forklifts.
The tires are delivered to Kubota in a horizontal position. They need to be picked up off a pallet, turned 90° and placed in a mounting frame, then mounted onto the axle of the tractor.
KAUP’s solution was to create three specialized attachments – an integrated quick-change system that permits a quick change between attachments; a tire-tilting clamp; and a fork positioner for transporting pallets.
The tire-tilting clamp enables the forklift operator to lift, tilt and release the tire. The clamp has a tilting range of 180° and a standard side shift stroke to compensate for any misalignment. The fork positioner has an opening range of 130 to 930 mm and a fork length of 1.2 m for the transportation of pallets when the forklift is not being used for lifting or mounting tires.