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 04-28-2000, 14:55 Post: 15186
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Who makes a fork lift type attachment that will fit on front bucket with easy on-off capabilities? Where can I get one?






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 04-28-2000, 20:10 Post: 15193
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Will, Click on the link (banner) at the top for Carver Equipment. When I inquired awhile back, Steve Carver sent me a wealth of good information, pictures of different arrangements, etc. for fork lift forks.






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 04-29-2000, 10:01 Post: 15208
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Not exactly an answer to your question, but I thought about bucket forks for awhile. I ended up with 3ph pallet forks. They aren't cheap, but here some advantages. You've still got your bucket without changing things. The weight is near the rear axle and on shorter arms so there's less ballasting and load problems. There is a backrest for the load to lean against. The lift is verticle, and the fork angle doesn't change when lifting. Attachments are avialable for front to back tilt and side to side shift.

In comparison, a loader bucket lifts in an arc. You can't directly lift anything on the ground that's against a wall, because the forks lift forward as well as up. The bucket curl has to be changed during a lift to keep the forks at the same angle. If a load tips backward during all these adjustments, there's nothing much in the way but the tractor hood.

I spent the bucks, and like them a lot. Sure is nice to be able to move some big heavy things around and then pick up a bucket or two of gravel without changing the bucket. The only problem so far is that the carriage tilt back is a bit limited at higher lifts. The carriage will run into the ROSP.






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 04-29-2000, 17:26 Post: 15212
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TomG, which ones did you get and where from? How expensive are they?






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 04-29-2000, 22:02 Post: 15213
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Tom.I don't know if you have had a chance to use a set of bucket forks,but what your thinking is a disadvantage is actualy an advantage.By using the bucket curl it's easy to pick up a log off the ground and dump it onto a truck for example.I have also used them to get under brush and lift them right out of the ground.The ones i have go on and off in about 30 seconds.I cant remember the name right now but there made in torrington Ct..I'll take a look tomorrow if anyones interested.






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 04-29-2000, 23:00 Post: 15216
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I welded up a simple set of forks that bolt inside my bucket. Basically, they look like an "H". I had to drill 2 holes in the back of the bucket. I use 1/2" bolts to bolt hold the 2" square tube to the bucket. They won't lift as much as a 3-point set up, but all I wanted them for was to move some limbs close to the burn pile. Even using big washers, there has been a little distortion around the holes. Obviously this may not be a workable solution for you, but it worked great (and was cheap) for what I needed. Good luck.






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 04-30-2000, 06:45 Post: 15225
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JefM & RegL: The cost was about $2,500Can, including a hydraulic top link (the top link also is good for box scrappers). The name on the forks is Wifo (made in Canada). My dealer located the forks, and the company probably is a big welding shop. The forks will lift 6'6" and has 3' forks. Bigger models are available. Yes, bucket forks are useful, and pallet forks aren't for everybody. I just wanted to mention an alternative. My neighbour has bucket forks, but I haven't used any myself.

The way to handle logs with pallet forks is tilt the carriage forward, run under the log then tilt it back. The forks are hinged so the tips run along the ground. Of course, the forks are fat and may not run under the log. Bucket forks probably are easier for picking up logs.

In comparison, pallet forks are good at getting heavy tall things on and off trailer beds, loading docks etc. With bucket forks, the forks tilt up when the bucket lifts unless the curl is adjusted. If the bucket is already high, there's a risk that the load would tip backwards and fall on the tractor. In addition, if the angle isn't right, bucket forks will spear the load or truck bed, or tip the load, when the tractor pulls forward. Doesn't mean that it can't be done with bucket forks, it's just easier and safer with pallet forks.

Anyway, we're demolishing a building and rebuilding. I'll be doing a lot of material handling for awhile, and that's what pallet forks are good at. I guess that since they're for pallets, I should build several and ask the building materials company to deliver stuff on pallets. Another advantage is that the fork width is adjustable. The forks will run under any pallet, and the load can be centered.







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 04-30-2000, 08:52 Post: 15229
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I bought a set of "Woods" forks for my Boomer. Dealer said they would bolt right on. They didn't. But it wasn't too hard to make them work. After getting them on, Thet were great. I'm real happy with them. Easy to use and a very handy "tool" for around the farm. Cost was around $550.00 I think. Did some trading. Pretty sure that's what he valued them at. Dusty






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 05-23-2000, 20:31 Post: 16561
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After researching my own query, I found bucket forks that go on & off without leaving tractor seat 1500# Capacity (or more on different models) at sales@budgetfork.com about $311 FOB Kansas City MO. I think it is Budget Forklift Parts. Ask for Eileen, she is quite helpful.






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