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Popular Forklift Attachments: #4 Bale Clamps

Popular Forklift Attachments: #4 Bale Clamps

For our fourth article about the most popular forklift attachments, we’re taking a side trip to talk about bale clamps. Unlike fork positioners and sideshifters which can boost productivity for nearly any application, you're unlikely to find a bale clamp at an average warehouse.

But for industries that handle baled goods, this forklift attachment isn't just popular; it's essential. For example, in textile mills, a single bale can be handled up to 50 times. All this handling has the potential to cause a lot of damage, but bale clamps are designed to gently (but securely) transport synthetic fabric and other delicate material.

Many of the items around you right now were likely handled by a bale clamp at some point. Here are some applications that commonly use bale clamps:

  • Cotton and Wool
  • Flax
  • Foam Rubber Blocks
  • Hay
  • Paper Products
  • Pulp (including compressed and soft cellulose)
  • Rags and Recycled Clothing
  • Recycled Paper and Plastics
  • Scrap Steel
  • Synthetic Textiles
  • Tobacco


Protect Products and Boost Productivity

Unlike drum clamps which wrap around individual drums, bale clamps slide between tightly-packed bales. The flanges gently but firmly grab a bale (or bale block) and extract it from the pile.

  • If multiple bales are stacked one on top of another, the operator can pull out the entire stack by grabbing the bottom bale(s).
  • Sideshifting bale clamp attachments allow the operator to quickly maneuver the load into the perfect position.


Bale clamps are essential for high-volume applications that require damage-free and secure handling of baled goods. The bale clamp forklift attachments we sell are suitable for your Toyota, Clark, Komatsu, Linde or other major manufacturer’s forklift.

Forklift Clamp Attachments for Sale in the Mid-South

If you have questions about bale clamps or any other forklift attachments, our experienced and friendly forklift experts are happy to help. The Lilly Company is an authorized dealer for Cascade, Rightline and Long Reach forklift attachments and we’re proud to serve businesses throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and eastern Arkansas. 

Contact us online or by phone 844-LILLYCO (1-844-545-5926) and tell us about the challenges you’re facing. Our experienced team will provide solutions based on your application and budget. You can also visit us at one of our 13 locations across the Mid-South.

Arkansas - Jonesboro
Alabama - Birmingham, Dothan, Irondale, Madison, Mobile, and Montgomery
Mississippi - Tupelo and Richland
Tennessee - Jackson, Kingsport, Knoxville, and Memphis

Further Reading:
Most Popular Forklift Attachments: #1 Sideshifter
Most Popular Forklift Attachments: #2 Drum and Barrel Grabbers
Most Popular Forklift Attachments: #3: Fork Positioners

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