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 12-01-2002, 10:36 Post: 45592
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I would like to use pallet forks on the fel that i will eventually get and was wondering about getting a set that would require 3 hooks to be welded on the top of the bucket allowing on to simply pull up to the pallet forks(which are mounted pipe so they can slide in and out) and roll into the pipe vs. a quick attach system that would require the bucket to be removed. It seems the first system would be faster and easier to hook up but I'm not sure of any deficiencies that I might encounter with the first type.






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 12-01-2002, 11:00 Post: 45595
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Mounting on your bucket will decrease the lift capacity of the fork since they will be extended out further. I would suggest you make a seperate bracket to mount the forks and remove the bucket. I just made one for my 4110 and it works well. Also if you put forks on the bucket the tractor gets longer and harder to get into tight spaces. I purchased my forks from budgetforklifts.com for $100 and they will handle 1000lbs.






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 12-02-2002, 08:47 Post: 45624
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My experience with pallet forks is that you get a greatly reduced lift capacity as the weight goes forward, maybe only a third of the usual bucket rating.

And you had better get some SERIOUS ballast on the rear end if you don't want to tip over.

And then there is tire bounce, go real slow and play with the front tire pressure and you can minimize it, but it will never go completely away.
It can be bad enough to pitch the load off the forks.

So the watch words are low, slow, not too heavy on the front and extra damn heavy on the rear.






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 12-02-2002, 08:56 Post: 45626
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Pay attention to what has been said here as the ratings do drop when you move your load out front with add-on forks off the bucket. There are Q-tack addaptors made for many of the loaders by ATI that will convert to the skid loader style hook up.






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 12-02-2002, 15:58 Post: 45638
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Just to let you know that the unit weighs in at 76lbs. You less about 4 to 6" of depth so I would estimate a 200lb disadvantage and not any more do to the adapter. Many of the skid-steer attachments do weigh more than the normal bucket for the LA-480 loader series so caution is still to be used when getting into them.






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 12-20-2002, 18:51 Post: 46361
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I put a set like that on my loader backhoe ---BIG mistake. The bucket had to be in a position that causes the forks to rest against the cutting edge, which is fine until you go to articulate the bucket to pick up a load--now they are dangling independently from the bucket. I still have them but only in case my skid steer with pallet forks isn't around.

I found, and I realize that not everyone has one, but a skid loader with quick-attach forks is the way to go. Slide the forks together, or use only one, and use them for digging trenches, digging out tree stumps, carrying root balls, and even entire trees. One job required removing 4" of sun-baked clay and stones from a front yard. The skid steer bucket just skimmed across it. With the pallet forks, driving them in and out of the clay then spinning the machine side to side (like filleting a fish) it was literally 5 minutes later and the whole yard was loosened up. If you remove the forks and turn them up side down you can gain another 24" in height-for instance using the forks as a crane when I removed and installed a cab for the dump truck. Also makes a nice cherrypicker for doing engine replacements.

If you do go with the hook design forks keep in mind you'll need to secure them back to (under and over) the bucket. Also, ALL the weight and all the leverage of the forks and weight will be transferred to the top of the bucket. All the buckets I have seen are not strong enough to support the weight.

Another option is using clamp-on bucket forks. I saw a brick layer lift nearly a whole cube of brick with them with his 1710 Ford/NH.






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 12-21-2002, 18:14 Post: 46410
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Johnson~
What was that website that you got those forks from? I tried the site you had listed budgetforklifts.com and it didn't work. Is that the right site? thanks.






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 12-21-2002, 22:44 Post: 46418
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My forks are from Gearmore, if that helps.






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 12-22-2002, 10:21 Post: 46439
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Try Budgetforklift.com need to drop the "s". They are located in Kansas City.






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 12-22-2002, 15:19 Post: 46455
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thanks Mark and Johnson, i'll check both companies out






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