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 07-10-2004, 15:41 Post: 90505
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Hi ya'all, I just finished making a set of bucket forks for my TC40'2 HD bucket. Is there anything I should be aware of when using them? Wondering if anyone has ever had anyproblems with damaging their bucket (of course caution and common sense will be used while using them).
My main use for them will be to move attatchments in and out of the garage (on skids) as so not to wipe out the garage with the bucket while manuvering impliments into their place for storing. Any advice will be welcome, thanks guys!
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 07-11-2004, 06:00 Post: 90526
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As you say, common sense would likely save the bucket from damage.

How things are placed in the garage might be an issue. For example, heavy things that need to be all the way on the forks may need clearance for the forks to extent past a pallet. Since loaders lift in arcs, things placed tight against a wall have to be moved out before they can be lifted.






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 07-11-2004, 06:53 Post: 90529
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I have found that manuverering 3 point impliments into position with the back of the tracor is very risky, My garage is 28x34 and has "2" standard garage single car doors on 2 different sides (90 degrees apart) I find that when trying to swing a impliment to a position I need to give special attention to my front bucket as to not hit anything. Its real easy to forget about that almost did it again last weekend, so that is why I need a new system.
I figure I can haul then in and out and hook up and dismount out in the open.
These bucket forks clamp on and I have incorporated a "back support" system as to spread the pressure out a bit more. Was wondering if anyone has ever bent a bucket at point of connection between the fork and the bucket?






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 07-11-2004, 08:25 Post: 90538
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I wonder if keeping the implements on pallets that have casters would help? They probably could be moved around by hand and lined up with the door to minimize maneuvering with the tractor.

Juggling implements in my shelter tent is a problem. At 14' wide there's no room for maneuvering. At least the tent has doors on both ends. Some implements front and some back so I don't have to take everything out to get if I need to hook up the first one I put away last year. Still, I'm tired of juggling implements and really want to build an equipment shed. It will definitely have a door in the front and also along one side.






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 07-11-2004, 21:14 Post: 90593
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I built a set of bucket forks for my 7800. I definitely had the same concern about the load at the lip of the bucket where the forks clamp on. My forks run the depth of the bucket with pads at the back edge to dump the uplift reaction into the vertical back of the bucket. At the leading edge, the forks actually clamp to a piece of 3"x3"x3/8" tube steel that runs the length of the front lip. The 3" tube steel spreads the reaction at the front of the fork across the lip to the bucket walls, eliminating any bending moment in the bucket lip. The tube takes all the bending and dumps in into the bucket walls.

The system works great. I have loaded the forks with 800lb bundles of fence posts, with no deflection at all in the bucket lip.

Besides that, just common sense as you said. The load is further in front of the tractor causing stability issues and amplifying the reactions to your bucket cylinders.






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 07-12-2004, 08:50 Post: 90629
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We have several machines that have bucket forks, mostly like the one in my picture # 3 on a full-size TLB.

The big drawback with that style of fork as opposed to the fork-only adapter is that the bucket blocks your vision of the object you want to pick up to the point that either you need a person to spot for you, or you have to use the 'Braille method' (bump means stop).

There is also a secondary problem of having a further reduced lift capacity because the load is that6 much further out in front.

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 07-12-2004, 14:26 Post: 90659
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The reduced vision is a drawback. The level indicator on the bucket helps. Teaching the wife proper hand signals needs to be done at the right time of the month and day. Experience has taught us such lessons. Braille could be a good alternative.






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 07-12-2004, 14:41 Post: 90661
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Beagle, I don't know about you, but my wife has a wide variety of 'hand signals' that she uses to communicate things to me.

Some of them even have to do with the use of equipment, why just yesterday she taught me a new one, I'm told it means "Get that #$%* machine off MY LAWN.".

It was VERY clear, even before she explained it.

She use Braille regularly also though, like the time I found my mower in the shop at work, it was getting a new cowling put on, the old one had a deep V-shaped notch smach-dab in the middle of the front. When I asked my wife how it got there she replied "I was trying to get close to the Birch tree.". She had obviously succeded. She had also, obviously, been using the Braille system.

Bump means stop.

Although she is getting better with the car. Either that or the body shop just stopped sending out bottles at Christmas to their A-list customers.

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Murf, you seem to have some experience in these matters. Maybe some time, and in the right thread, you could explain just exactly what "the look" means. We have mentioned gestures and braille, sometimes when she gives me "the look", I get a little un-easy. I think I am supposed to.






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 07-12-2004, 22:07 Post: 90728
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The "LOOK? I learned that right off the bat, just took anouther 15 years to know what to do when she gives it to me, (or she wont give it to me I should say) Laughing out loud.
Really like I said though my main pourpose is only a small 6 inch lift of the skids to haul out of the garage. I thought of castors but those doggies are expensive when yoy start adding up 7 skids at 4 on each and around 8 bucks a throw thats like over $200 in wheels. I too have a garage door on the end and one on the side also. I just only did not put in a large enough door (standard ones) I built the garage before I knew I was buying a tractor.






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