Here is me lifting 1400+ LB 5+ foot in the air today.I did try to read this thread in its entirety, but the last page I skimmed over. Apologies.
But thinking about the OP's post, he was asking if he could lift a round bale 6" ( yes, inches) and not 6 feet.
Not sure if this makes a difference in the replies...but is seems like some here think that 6" might not be a problem. While more might be...
Sack of sand aggregate 1000-1200 LB (depends on how wet…it was wet) + 375 pallet forks. Tractor has quick attach too.
Moving it around at this height is do-able on flat grade, but tractor backend feels too light for comfort and it wouldn’t be safe on slopes. If I lower it to transport of around 2 feet, it’s easy and face to move around even at decent slope. You need to be gentle with the loader stick as this weight moved to rapidly upsets the tractor.
I have moved similar, but plus up to 500 lb…no problem as long as it’s low to ground. Around 2k, the curl looses steam and you can only lift a few inch off the ground…I had 2 of those sacks and wanted to show how it can lift both on a pallet, however these were wet (+up to 200 lb each or 400 total). It was able to lift enough to move it around, but it was dragging…this is 2750 LB…I moved ~2000 LB (20 80lb bags of concrete, or half a pallet, + forks) some weeks ago. If the sacks were dry, it probably would be fine. Definitely 2k up front even low doesn’t feel safe though.
1200 LB NO PROBLEM. Note I have backhoe as ballast and filled tires. The limiting factor is the rear weight and definitely DONT try even 1k without rear ballast.
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