Full Taper and Polished Forks

Full Taper and Polished forks, also referred to as FTP forks for short, are the preferred fork for lumber, gypsum and other flat sheet handling operations like cardboard or sheet metal.

Physical Characteristics and Options


  • One long taper starts from the bend of the fork to the tip. Most FTP forks are tapered on the bottom side of the blade.
  • Custom FTP forks can have the top tapered, or in some cases, have both the top and the bottom tapering to a very fine tip.
  • The top interior and exterior edges have a slight chamfer to prevent product creasing.
  • The top fork in this image shows an FTP fork. Notice the taper moves from the bend of the fork all the way to the tip. The lower fork in this image shows a standard taper. Notice the taper only affects the first 1/3 of the fork.
Mounted Fork


  • Most FTP forks will have to top surface of the blade polished, creating a smooth, slick surface. This prevents friction damage on products susceptible to surface marring like drywall sheets.
  • FTP forks can also be ordered without the polished surface.
Full Taper and Polished Forks


  • The standard tip is thinner than standard tapered forks, typically about 1/4″.
  • Tips can have rounded or squared-off corners.
  • Chisel tips, for very tight entry, are available. Chisel tips have the last 3 or 4 inches of the blade ground to a thin tip, typically about 1/8″ thickness. Care should be taken when ordering chisel tips as they can be easily chipped and damaged.

Custom sizes and lengths in FTP forks are available upon request. Give us a call!

*We have the ability to do custom work

If a full taper and polished fork isn't what you are looking for then please refer to our other fork options such as our block fork and blank forks.

Class III Carriage Bar
ITA Forks

Full Taper Stocking Sizes

Cross Section Capacity 42 48 60 72 Stocking ITA Class
150x4 4500 X 2A
175x4 5500 X X x1 2A, 3A
1.50x7 7500 X 2
2x5 9000 X 3
1.75x7 10000 X X Blanks2
1.50x8 10000 X x3 X Blanks2
1.50x10 13000 X Blanks2
1.75x12 20800 X Blanks2

1Only available in class 2.
2These sizes are available as class 3 or 4 as well as shaft mounted.
3Standard sizes and high back available.