# Thread: the less likely you are to tip - the entire sentence

1. ## the less likely you are to tip - the entire sentence

Hello everybody!

Every lift truck of any type has a load rating chart, which indicates where on the fork you can lift how much weight. The closer the load is to the front tires, the less likely you are to tip. This is just like sitting on a see-saw or balance -- a weight farther from the fulcrum applies more tilting moment. A 10,000 lb forklift might be de-rated to 2,000 with the load on the fork tips, or 5,000 lb with the weight elevated 15 feet. Proper forklift operation always places the load as close to the wheels as possible, which means close to the carriage and low to the ground.

Does "The closer the load is to the front tires, the less likely you are to tip" mean the same as "The closer the load is to the front tires, the less likely you are to tip over" or "The closer the load is to the front tires, the less likely you are to fall over"?

2. ## Re: the less likely you are to tip - the entire sentence

No. Tip means "divert from the vertical". When you tip over, you continue tipping until you are horizontal.

3. ## Re: the less likely you are to tip - the entire sentence

Sorry but I still don't get it.

4. ## Re: the less likely you are to tip - the entire sentence

Tip means "Lean". When you tip over, you fall över.

5. ## Re: the less likely you are to tip - the entire sentence

When you tip, you begin the process of falling over. You could say that the Leaning Tower of Pisa is tipped from the vertical, or that a sailboat is tipped to leeward. And we say that a drunk is tipsy, in other words tending to tip over.

6. ## Re: the less likely you are to tip - the entire sentence

I say yes. That is, I interpret tip here to mean tip over.

The whole point of the Quora question and all the answers concerns the issue of trucks tipping over.

7. ## Re: the less likely you are to tip - the entire sentence

Supplementary answer for Jacek1. If the operator attempted to lift too much the forklift would tip forward towards the load. It would not tip right over, but its rear driving wheels could be lifted and the machine thus immobilized until the load was somehow lightened. If there was sufficient room the operator could do it just be lowering the forks. If not, another way of lightening the load would have to be found.

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