This week’s pick goes out to the Forearm Forklift Lifting Straps. We know, you’re probably wondering what in the world is a Forearm Forklift? It’s not an actual forklift, but it can help you lift like one.
The Forearm Forklift Lifting Straps are meant to help with heavy lifting, especially when it comes to bulky hard to grip items. The unique design of the two straps allows for better leverage and helps to promote proper lifting techniques to make moving large items easier and better prevent injuries. They’re even OSHA accepted to reduce back injuries due to heavy and repetitive lifting.
But what makes them different?
Usually when you have to move a large item yourself, for example a washing machine, you have two options:
- Awkwardly bending and lifting with a partner on either end. This can be difficult because you’re both trying to keep your grip and can also put a lot of stress on your back.
- Using some kind of dolly which can be much more difficult than it needs to be to maneuver around corners or up and down the stairs.
When you use the Forearm Forklift Straps, you can avoid a lot of these problems. You don’t have to awkwardly hunch over while lifting, you can just stand up the way you normally would. Instead of having to try to lift a washing machine up to waist height to be able to stand up straight, you only have to lift it a few inches with the straps.
So how do you use them?
Before moving any items be sure to clear the path you plan to take them through. You should also use your best judgement when determining whether you should attempt to move the item yourself. Although the straps make it easier, if you have chronic or historic back pain you should avoid lifting heavy objects and should not use this product.
You will need a partner to lift.
- For items with strong legs, lay the straps side by side underneath what you are trying to move. For all other items, make an “X” underneath with the straps to avoid slipping.
- Grab one end of each strap in each hand
- Place your arms through one of the holes in each strap so that they come just to the bend in your elbow while still being entirely on your forearm.
- Keeping your back straight, bend slightly at the knees and adjust straps to the desired length
- Position your arms so they are at a 45 degree angle from elbow to wrist, with your hand on the item at shoulder height, palms flat
- Make sure you and your partner are both ready and carefully straighten your legs, keeping your back straight. Don’t push.
The reason that the Forearm Forklift Straps work is because they improve leverage, better distribute the weight, and allow you to use stronger muscles by helping you to better lift with your forearms and legs. In some cases, this can make the item you’re trying to move seem more than 65% lighter than traditional lifting methods.
The straps themselves are adjustable up to 48 inches and are rated to safely lift up to 700 pounds. As we mentioned before, you still have to use your best judgement when determining whether you will be able to move something. The straps will help, but not everyone can or should attempt to lift that max of 700 pounds.
Looking for a set of your own? You can find them on our website here: Forearm Forklift Lifting Straps. Want to see the Forearm Forklift Lifting Straps in action? Check out this link to see Consumer Reports put them to the test – Consumer Reports: Forearm Forklift Claim Check.
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Written by: Sarah Walker