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 03-16-2010, 22:49 Post: 169291
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Seems to me there are an exponential amount of attachments compared to the quantity of tractors out there.






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 03-17-2010, 05:21 Post: 169294
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Yup you are correct. Many are homemade for a specific need for local conditions, then made for others. Other regular 3ph stuff are copied, copied again and all are various degrees of quality.

Shop around.






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 03-17-2010, 08:06 Post: 169297
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wish I had the skills to make something, seems most people that have tractors do. What would be the best attachment I could get for my bucket? tooth bar, forks, ratchet rake, or thumb?






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 03-17-2010, 08:21 Post: 169298
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That depends completely on what you need to do and how strong your bucket is. Bucket forks don't work well on light gauge buckets or with heavy loads (pushes the load too far out front which reduces lift capacity). Tooth bar improves digging but loaders aren't designed to dig so that never made much sense to me. Grapple is useful for handling slash but it can get in the way if you want move material. No idea what a ratchet rake is. My opinion is that a bucket should be used as a bucket (although lifting hooks and a tow receiver can be useful welded on). Anything else should be a different implement.






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 03-17-2010, 10:08 Post: 169299
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I really can't afford to have a bunch of attachments and I do not have a QA on my loader. I have read how handy QA's are but also read that you can lose some angle and lift capacity because it puts the attachment farther away from the loader pins, I think I am understanding that correctly. I have thought the same thing about the grapple getting in the way and doesn't gravity keep stuff in the bucket anyway?...Still thinking






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 03-17-2010, 10:43 Post: 169301
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It's good to think on this stuff but if you think too long you'll be too old to put your newfound wisdom to use. If you think too short and have it all figured out reality will smack you in the forehead and humble your thoughts. The trick is to think just right.

A QA on a loader is WELL worth the money IMO. Otherwise all your decisions are based on "what can I do with my bucket" instead of "what is the right tool for the job". Bucket forks that only lift 400 lbs won't do you any good if you need to lift 600 lbs, and they will likely bend the bucket if you try.






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 03-17-2010, 11:10 Post: 169302
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Otherwise all your decisions are based on "what can I do with my bucket" instead of "what is the right tool for the job". Bucket forks that only lift 400 lbs won't do you any good if you need to lift 600 lbs, and they will likely bend the bucket if you try.


This is what I was thinking originally when I asked about loader buddy. Seemed like there were so many things you could do WITH it. If I were to put forks on my tractor I think i would go the 3PH route as it has more lift capacity. I would not be loading semis but only moving stuff around, have dreams of palatalizing my firewood someday. And like I said earlier don't really want to have a grapple and for the reasons you stated plus the xtra cost
for MY usage can't be justified. Spring seems to be early this year and I am itching to get out there and get some seat time. I appreciate all the time people have spent trying to help me but I guess ultimately the decision is mine as I will be paying for it AND will have to live with it too.






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 03-17-2010, 11:36 Post: 169303
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If you need to load any heavy pallets in the bed of a pickup the 3 point forks won't do the job. But they will generally carry much more weight than loader forks of any type.






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 03-17-2010, 12:16 Post: 169304
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would you be able to recommend any in particular? I seem only to find the loader ones.






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 03-17-2010, 12:31 Post: 169305
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Forks on the rear are excellent for your purpose. TSC offer what they call a "platform" or "carryall" which is made of 3" angle and looks like a nonadjustable fork assy. About $300

Not to cloud the discussion...but the skid steer QA adds soooo much versatility--a few years ago published reports said there are over 225 and counting attachments that could be used for skid steers or tractors.

Since I do have the ability to fabricate my own tools I enjoy doing it being the tinker/inventive type. And like you I can't or won't always justify the high costs.

That said I designed and built a skid-steer style QA for the rear of my tractor. Works great. Even have a fork attachment. It's hydraulically controlled so I can attach or detach from the seat. (my skid steer has a hyraulically controlled QA too so yes I'm spoiled.)

Another thing to look at is a hydraulic (powered or non-powered) top link--that alone increases versatility.






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