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 03-06-2005, 15:15 Post: 107374
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Anyone have experience with the Payne clamp on logger forks? I have a 3430 C HST with a 723 FEL.






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 03-06-2005, 18:44 Post: 107386
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Not experience with that brand but clamp on forks are a definite distant second best. they are hard to see what you are forking, and they seriously diminish the amount you can lift by putting they weight so far forward.






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 03-06-2005, 18:47 Post: 107388
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I checked their web site and prices. It may make you wish you had just bought the quick tach when you bought the tractor so any set of universal forks would work. Around me a new set can be had for less than $500. Then you have all the best vision and capacity.






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Thanks for the response. I have the quick tach bucket. Can you send me a link for logger forks ?






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web site is www.PaynesForks.com

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 Logger Forks for 723 fel

A couple of points on this subject.

First, as was mentioned, unless you have a spotter to guide you trying to see what you are doing behind the bucket is a PITA, the images on their website are NOT accurate at best, deceiving at worst. If you tried to pick up that log without someone to guide you there would be huge gouges in the turf.

Secondly, since those forks are fixed, as are the backstops, the only force at work is gravity. Unless you are on the downhill side the log will not slide easily up the fork, it will want to roll off.

IMHO, if you already have a quick-tatch bucket spend the few dollars more and get the real thing, you will be MUCH happier with them.

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It depends on what you plan to use them for.
I dont log with mine. I use it primarily to take
pallets off trucks and semi's.(fertilizer and lime in
bags) I doubt I ever get my forks up higher than 4 to
5 feet max. I have no trouble seeing. I usually do
this alone. If I wanted to log, I can see they would
not be stable. I (personally) would buy a skidder, but
that is me. Every attachment has its limits! You must
determine that prior to buying, but denegrate a good
product is just wrong - I wouldnt buy a 22 to go moose
hunting, although it will kill one. It would just be harder.
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doc

If you ever unloaded 20 pallets (66 2/3lb bags) by
hand (and I have) you would understand it is perfect
for what I use it for. *one ton per pallet






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Doc, not to offend but why would you buy a set of "logger" forks to unload pallets. Logger forks is what this thread is about and you said you use yours to unload pallets. I'd like to see that. Maybe if you want to open the bags at the same time, or push them off the back end of the pallet. A real set of pallet forks has a backstop, strap on pallet forks do not so "logger" forks were a compromise answer that limited them to almost nothing else, and still strapped the buyer to limited visibility and capacity. Strap on forks are really for those who didn't anti up for the quick tach, or have the JD quick tach, since the cost of the real thing is not that much more than a strap on.






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Denwood

I apoligize for my messages. I apparently didnt
completely read and understand your comments.
I thought you were talking about the clamp-on
type forks. No, I dont use logger forks for dumping
lime and fertilizer bags, although perhaps someone
may have a way to do it, because even with the
forks, it is hard ass work dumping these bags.
I have two ruptured discs in my lower back, hardly
any cartilage left in my shoulders,arthritis and I
still catch fastpitch 2 nites a week. (I must be a
flaming idiot) I will be 50 in Sept. I still enjoy
doing it all though. I spread 20 ton of lime and 12
ton of fertilizer each year, so if someone out there
has a way to use logger forks to help - please let me
know. (just kidding!!)
I apoligize again - I hope I'm not getting alzheimers!
have a good day,
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 Logger Forks for 723 fel

I hate to sound like a broken record but the "poor man's grapple" I made for logging works really well. (see my pics 1,2,5,6 and 11. The two main gripes about using clamp on forks for logging, visibility and log stability, are taken care of nicely. You can easily see the log in the grapple as you're picking it up and it's clamped down as you move it (them) to the pile. One other issue with forks is that you have to slide the forks under the log. Fork height and angle have to be perfect every time and still some will tend to roll away and you'll end up chasing them. I can just open the grapple, slide the bottom arm along the ground and slightly push the log forward. This also straightens the log with respect to the grapple arms so you don't even have to approach at the perfect angle to clamp down with both arms. Unloading works well too. Just open the arms and the log falls down a few inches to the pile. With forks they will tend to roll off in any direction which will make a pile with less than good visual appeal (the trucker won't like it either).

I've recently finished cutting a second truckload of spruce pulpwood so I've piled upwards of 30 cords with this rig. The truck hauled it away this past Sunday. It works great for $200 in materials and two evenings of fabrication. Someone should really make these.
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