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Vetter BIGForks excel at tough applications

26 April 2022

Vetter relies on state-of-the-art manufacturing technology to produce large forks under its BIGForks range.

With capacities of up to 120 tons and higher, cross-sections greater than 350 x 150 millimetres, and blade lengths of more than 4,000 millimetres, the most demanding applications in container handling, quarries or heavy industry are catered for.

As quality and safety are given the highest priority, Vetter uses VQ1300 high-performance steel.

The forks are manufactured according to the bend-and-upset principle, a forging method that meets the requirements at hand.

The process enables the OptimaForkHeel with additional wear zone to be formed, thus reducing deflection and ensuring optimum stress distribution. This results in increased safety and extends the service life of the fork significantly. For forks of this size this is a USP, says Better.

Vetter uses two outstanding material qualities: the special fork material VQ32+ and the high-performance steel VQ1300 for the BIGForks.

This steel with a controlled purity grade is titanium-stabilised and has an exceedingly low wear rate. VQ1300 stands out due to its high yield strength and resilience.

Vetter manufactures several hundred thousand forks per annum.

Additional innovations include 100% stainless steel forks, for use in potentially explosive areas; DuoLoc folding forks; or the "swan-neck" fork for warehouse equipment.