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yoderjac

5 year old buck +
Correct Jack, the forks hold the pallet no problem ever. Yes they are definitely the same forks you linked to.. I have them and my neighbor has a set also and when we need them they do the job. Surprisingly things come up and they get used fairly often. They are handy for picking up large pushed over buckthorn because there is space between the ground and the trunk so picking up is just a matter of driving up and lowering the forks under the trunk and lifting and driving to the pile to dump.

Another option might be to buy forks and weld them to a SSQA bracket. But I guess that would fix the distance between them.
 

Chainsaw

5 year old buck +
Generally the forks are positioned in exactly the same place on the bucket anyhow to line up with the tractors frame for strength so welding them and fixing them in position is not much of an issue that way. Adding weight to the forks to be attached to the tractor bucket however is not desirable to me. The plus about the forks in your link is their portability and price. Welding on to it decreases the forks diversity but could make it more suitable for a specific purpose. To carry away large brush, the forks work fine as they are with the before mentioned exception of them sometimes falling off the bucket when dumping the load.
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
Generally the forks are positioned in exactly the same place on the bucket anyhow to line up with the tractors frame for strength so welding them and fixing them in position is not much of an issue that way. Adding weight to the forks to be attached to the tractor bucket however is not desirable to me. The plus about the forks in your link is their portability and price. Welding on to it decreases the forks diversity but could make it more suitable for a specific purpose. To carry away large brush, the forks work fine as they are with the before mentioned exception of them sometimes falling off the bucket when dumping the load.

I was just thinking that if I welded them to an SSQA bracket, I could just drop the bucket and pick up the forks. They would certainly be more solid without movement.
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
I was just thinking that if I welded them to an SSQA bracket, I could just drop the bucket and pick up the forks. They would certainly be more solid without movement.

I see skid steer brackets with forks but they are quite a bit more expensive than it would be to buy a bracket and these clamp-on type and weld them.
 

Chainsaw

5 year old buck +
I was just thinking that if I welded them to an SSQA bracket, I could just drop the bucket and pick up the forks. They would certainly be more solid without movement.
That setup would also enable picking up more weight and help keep the tractor more stable. Having the weight on the forks out in front of the bucket fights the design of the tractor. A lot of the weight disproportionately ends up on the tractor front end. Sometimes when picking up a pushed over buckthorn. there is a lot of weight due to the root ball when freshly dug. Usually the brush hog or log skidder is on the back of the tractor which helps some in balancing weight.

On the flip side there are rare times when I move the forks to pick up things. Had to move a freezer recently and use the forks to pick it up and put it in the pickup for transport. It saved me from a hurt back day. And the bucket does act as a catchall/ bracket to hold the brush as well. And then there is the other option, buy both. Buy the forks first followed by the skid steer bracket type if needed.

Keep in mind of course that you may be stronger than I and picking up and reattaching dropped forks may not be a big deal to you. Doing it once or twice is nothing for me but doing it ten times in a day on uneven ground would surely over work my back.
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
That setup would also enable picking up more weight and help keep the tractor more stable. Having the weight on the forks out in front of the bucket fights the design of the tractor. A lot of the weight disproportionately ends up on the tractor front end. Sometimes when picking up a pushed over buckthorn. there is a lot of weight due to the root ball when freshly dug. Usually the brush hog or log skidder is on the back of the tractor which helps some in balancing weight.

On the flip side there are rare times when I move the forks to pick up things. Had to move a freezer recently and use the forks to pick it up and put it in the pickup for transport. It saved me from a hurt back day. And the bucket does act as a catchall/ bracket to hold the brush as well. And then there is the other option, buy both. Buy the forks first followed by the skid steer bracket type if needed.

Keep in mind of course that you may be stronger than I and picking up and reattaching dropped forks may not be a big deal to you. Doing it once or twice is nothing for me but doing it ten times in a day on uneven ground would surely over work my back.

Good points. It looks like Titan makes an SSQA bracket with forks: https://www.amazon.com/Titan-Pallet...2011&rps=1&s=lawn-garden&sr=1-1&ts_id=3754071

Looks like the cost is about the same as buying the SSQA plate and forks and no welding is required on my part.
 

somich

Buck Fawn
Good points. It looks like Titan makes an SSQA bracket with forks: https://www.amazon.com/Titan-Pallet...2011&rps=1&s=lawn-garden&sr=1-1&ts_id=3754071

Looks like the cost is about the same as buying the SSQA plate and forks and no welding is required on my part.


I like to use my pallet forks. My loader doesn't come off for a quick attach. The tractor is a Kubota L35 TLB and she'll carry a decent load with the backhoe on.


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yoderjac

5 year old buck +
I like to use my pallet forks. My loader doesn't come off for a quick attach. The tractor is a Kubota L35 TLB and she'll carry a decent load with the backhoe on.


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NIce. I think the Kubota loader has a lot more bucket curl than the Kioti. If I was carrying that brushpile on my Kioti, the center of it would have to be above the bucket and the load riding between the bucket and the booms. Not that I could even pick up a brush pile like that with my Kioti. I would have needed to stack the pile on the loader by hand for transport.
 
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ethompson

5 year old buck +
Very similar to what we have. Most used attachment that we have. Finding new reasons to use them all the time. They make a man lift for those forks too. Next purchase I buy for the tractor.
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
Very similar to what we have. Most used attachment that we have. Finding new reasons to use them all the time. They make a man lift for those forks too. Next purchase I buy for the tractor.

My bucket has been my poor man's manlift. I just lift it to the height I need and use a ladder to climb up into it.
 
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