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 02-27-2003, 01:20 Post: 50160
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 pallet forks for 7308

Does anyone know of any manufactorors for the quick attach conversion system that allows the bucket and forks to be interchanged quickly.Besides Gearmore, as they're to spendy for their kit. Thanks






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 02-27-2003, 06:40 Post: 50169
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Gearmore offers two different systems. There is a skid steer compatible system (the spendy one) and a 7308 Pin-type system. The Pin-Type system uses a bracket that pins onto your loader in place of your bucket. New pins are installed in the top holes of your bucket and the forks. The quick attach hooks up to your bucket and forks by cradling the top pin. You must roll back the attachment to properly seat the attachment, then you manually install a lower pin in the lower hole on each side. Not as slick as the other system, but it has a couple advantages:
1) Money. The quick attach itself is a few hundred cheaper. You should get both the QA and a set of 42" forks for about $1,100. Freight would be additional.
2) No conversion to the QA system is required. The skid steer style requires that all attachments have a female mounting plate. The pin-type system uses the existing brackets on the back of the bucket and forks. Savings in money and time.
Of course, you could eliminate the QA and just buy a set of forks for the 7308. Banging pins in and out is OK if you do it a couple of times a year. But, if you plan on switching back and forth often, a QA system is a must.
Have your dealer ask for the pin-type system. It is available through Gearmore. Eric at Gearmore can give him some help if he needs it. Either type of system is in stock at the manufacturer.






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 02-27-2003, 11:57 Post: 50196
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My brother bought forks for our 7308. They are individual and attach to the bucket with large threaded screw clamps. You can position them to any spacing you like. They work well for occasional fork use, and you don't have to remove the bucket. One person can attach them in a few minutes, but they are HEAVY!

He paid around $550 for the pair. The brand and model escapes me, but if you're interested, I'll find out more and repost.






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 02-27-2003, 16:33 Post: 50206
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I have a set of forks for my 7308. I use them all the time they are held on with a chain that wraps around your bucket and held with a binder. They are 6' long, powder coated, go on and off in minutes and best of all they only cost $235.00 for the set.






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 02-27-2003, 17:48 Post: 50209
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I went to my local surplus steel place and to my welder and had VERY Heavy Duty forks made that bolt onto my HD bucket in about 4 minutes. I couldn't have bought better forks and I spent about $75 doing it.






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 02-28-2003, 06:50 Post: 50235
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The clamp-on or chain-on forks are OK, but they have some significant limitations:
1) Reduced visibility. The loader bucket makes a better door than a window. It is always in your way to see what you are doing. Stacking fence posts onto the forks? Fine. Trying to negotiate the the fork tips into the 4" gap of a pallet? Difficult. My experience has been that mistakes and inconveniences happen when I can't see what I'm doing.
2) Physics. Clamp-on forks automatically set your load about 18 to 24-inches further in front of your bucket. This reduces the loader's capacity. Not a big deal if your loader has a lot of capacity, but the 7308 has only 800 lbs. Your real lift capacity with the clamp-on forks may only be around 500 lbs.
3) Bucket destruction. Clamp-on forks put a lot of strain on the weakest part of the bucket, the center. Heavy loads can bend, twist, or tweak buckets. Hauling loads over uneven terrain can bounce your bucket into destruction. Chain-on forks reduce this strain to a degree by spreading the stresses over a larger area, but are not perfect.






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 02-28-2003, 10:43 Post: 50254
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Everything Jack says is true about visibility and load capacity. We just use the clamp-ons infrequently and only for light loads.






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There may be some limitations to chain on forks but I must disagree with the degree stated above. 1.VISABILITY, I use my forks almost daily to move pallets and have absolutely no problem seeing what I am doing and am not slowed down at all. 2.CAPACITY, I will agree load amount is decrased some due to the forks being out front a little, but I have lifted 2016lbs with my 7308 on 33D with no sign of struggle and over 1400lbs with forks on (see previous post on loader capacity) 3.DESTRUCTION OF BUCKET, I have a heavy duty bucket and don't care what kind of terrain I'm on or what load I'm moveing the bucket is not coming apart. The only effects the forks have on the bucket are some scratches on the top from the chains and if the chains are very tight the bottom will bow upwards slightly. For $230.00 They can't be beat!

P.S. As far as QA I have already proven to a buddy of mine with QA forks on his JD that I can mount and dismount my forks as fast or faster than he can. All for still under $250.00 With the Extra $800.00 He spent I could have bought 1 if not 2 more implements.






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 02-28-2003, 17:14 Post: 50268
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drcjv,
You are right. The HD New Holland bucket is decent, but the standard one is not. (My company has been building replacement buckets for Ford/New Holland loaders for 25 years, many of them 7308s.) Also, the clamp-on forks that you use are the chain-on type. The chain-on type forks offer much better support to the bucket.
But we don't know what KH has in the way of equipment. He could have a 1320 Ford, 2WD, 7308 w/ standard bucket and be thinking seriously of the screw-on forks to move some heavy loads.
The type of loads that are moved make a huge difference. The 7308 has 1602 lbs. of breakout force, which is measured at ground level. However, that same 7308 has much less capacity at 42" off of the ground.
My experience has been moving heavy pallets from 1-ton truck beds with a dedicated pallet fork. I hate it. I'm glad that I have forklifts and a skid steer to use. Visibility with the tractor is nonexistent, stability of the load is poor and stability of the tractor is sketchy. I have set the parking brake, got off the tractor, and walked around to see where my fork tines were heading. Each situation is different. For moving pallets around at ground level, the clamp-on forks may be OK. But plan on lifting anything off of the ground more than a couple of feet? I would not recommend it.






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 03-01-2003, 00:07 Post: 50284
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Thanks for the posts. I have a 02 TC33D w/H.D. bucket.My problem is that I could spend $800.00(gearmore quick connect kit)+$800.00(for pallet forks)=$1600.00. If i'm going that far, I may as well what for the 14LA loader to come out which according to my dealer will have the quick connect on it.All i'll need is the loader as the valve assembly is the same. So i was searching for an alternative soluton. What exactly is the forks with the chains al about and where can they be found? Thanks






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