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 02-27-2004, 15:00 Post: 78108
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 Fork lift from Front End Loader?

duke, I have a set of the forks on my JD750 at work. The forks are connected with a piece of pipe but they slide on the pipe for width adjustment. The pipe hooks on 2 welded on hooks on the top of the bucketand rests on the bucket edge.

The loader normally has a capacity of 750# give or take. With the forks on it has a hard time with a barrel of alcahol that weights about 400#.






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 02-28-2004, 21:21 Post: 78220
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 Fork lift from Front End Loader?

I too am interested in light duty fork-lifting with my 2230. Does "Big K" make a "quick-tach" mount for our little loaders, or only the big ones (Art?) ? Not real crazy about the idea of putting forks on the bucket.






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 02-29-2004, 06:47 Post: 78240
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 Fork lift from Front End Loader?

I have a 3ph forklift myself--an after-market make my dealer came up with (WIFCO I think). It is actually a CAT II implement and a lighter one would be better for the tractor. It still out lifts anything I could put on a loader. My vertical lift is 5.5' not including 3ph height and I can get pallets on and off most flatbed delivery trucks. Loader forks may not go high enough so I could get the forks under pallets on trucks without bashing the rad into the truck. Got to be real careful with heavy loads up that high though.

My forklift was pricey but if material handling (especially stacked pallets) is a requirement, there are advantages. The advantages of true vertical lift, carriage tilt, a swinging carriage, 3-piece forks and the maneuverability of back-wheel steering are good to consider. Having a backrest and steel frame always between the load and you and the tractor also is good. I don't have carriage shift but I've gotten pretty good at backing up.






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 03-01-2004, 08:44 Post: 78341
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 Fork lift from Front End Loader?

I also need a set, but i have an even better idea. Go find yourself a set of used forks and carrage off a fork lift. Look for a forklift dealer. They will have used section or bone yard you can get one from. Then make a set of brackets that fit onto your loader arms and tilt cyclinder. Then weld it up and you got yourself a forklift. I am looking for a used forks to do this.






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 03-01-2004, 09:12 Post: 78346
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 Fork lift from Front End Loader?

The used forks are a good idea, but for the average CUT, and especially a sub-CUT, there could be a problem.

Even a small forklift would be capable of lifting 2 tons. that means the forks are too, that means the forks are built between twice and eight times heavier than they need to be. The more the forks and frame weigh, the less 'payload' the whole setup will have.

I made up such a set a few years ago for someone, the base plate and forks together came to a little over 500 pounds. If you consider that the unit only had a 1,500 pound FEL on it ther goes 1/3 of your total lift capacity. If you consider that a sub-CUT probably only has about 500 pounds of lift on the FEL then you need to be REALLY careful about keeping the weight down.

Properly gusseted, 3" or 4" 'C' channel would be fine for that sort of weight.

Best of luck.






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 03-02-2004, 10:02 Post: 78492
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 Fork lift from Front End Loader?

northern tool sells forks in differnt lengths and load limits.






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 03-02-2004, 17:11 Post: 78527
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 Fork lift from Front End Loader?

We sell a lot of forks that just attach to the bucket and for the most part seem to be helping most everyone with them. Sometimes the costs do workout that makes it so to have a normal type from a skid steer but not normally.






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 03-02-2004, 21:23 Post: 78555
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 Fork lift from Front End Loader?

Guys,
I kept my eyes and ears open and visited a couple of salvage and scrap yards in the area and found a set of used forks that were off a a small electric forklift that were 40inches long. He charged me 40.00 bucks for both. Used my trusty welder and chop saw and fabricated quick attach hook-up from a 1 1/8 bar run through the bucket's tow hooks. Works Great sets up in 30 seconds. Never weighed it but I am sure it is less than 100. Don't have a use for a 3 point set of forks since I always got the backhoe or 3 point blade on the back of tractor.






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 03-03-2004, 07:50 Post: 78584
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 Fork lift from Front End Loader?

jeff r, $40 is about what I would like to pay for a set of used forks. They go for $150 here but I think these are rated for 3K-4K lbs. Just another item on the list for me.
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 03-03-2004, 18:35 Post: 78682
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 Fork lift from Front End Loader?

Hi guys: I use my B7500 for logging a lot and had problems getting the logs into a neat pile. I was using the FEL and the logs would slip off the bucket. I made a set of forks from an overload spring off a large truck. Cut the spring in half and welded the parts to a flat bar 1/4" thick by 4" wide and long enough to go across the inside lip of the bucket. Drilled holes and bolted it to the bucket. The setup gives me two forks about 12" long that I can slide under the log and roll back the bucket to lift it. Then goes onto the pile nice and neat. Total cost of the forks zip as it was all scrap I had laying around. Different forks for different jobs.






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