That's a good idea. I actually just ordered some of those earlier this morning with the idea of doing that very thing. I could then get a cheap set of bolt-on forks for the times that I might be moving a lot of brush or need to lift a pallet or carry long lumber, etc.
The reason I'd do it with an SSQA plate is just weight. @sticknrudder seems concerned about loss of lift capacity with SSQA. Removing the bucket and making a dedicated lifting plate will offset any theoretical loss from the SSQA adaptor, and also putting it on a post will give a bit more lift height.
It's all based on the assumption that they're planning on lifting close to the max the FEL will lift, and that the weight difference matters.
As I noted, I had plans to do this myself, but it turns out that my tractor already lifts most things I want to lift, and the things it doesn't, the difference isn't the few kg I'd save by taking the bucket off - if it won't lift it, it generally isn't even close to lifting it.
PaulL, you make some great points. The weight and changing the pivot point was my main concern. But you helped me see another angle. While I do intend to use the loader for moving dirt, mulch and rocks at times, at a 2,000 capacity on the loader I probably won’t be at much risk maxing it out using a bucket or forks. Where my concern for capacity has been is moving logs which I would like to be able to lift as large of hardwood logs as I possibly can onto my sawmill. I realize I will quickly be limited in this area but don’t want to further limit myself. I’ve realized that probably my best bet for moving logs is lifting tongs, of which I have purchased a pair. What I got to thinking is if I put the hooks for the tongs close to the pins on either the forks or the bucket, I should have pretty close to maximum lifting capacity and whether or not I have SSQA should be fairly negligible. Is this a correct assessment?
PoTreeBoy, you summarized my options very well I think. I know nothing about Kubota quick attach so you‘ve given me an idea I may need to look into. I really only plan to use a bucket and forks but I can definitely see the value in having a quick attach method. Just trying to weigh it against the cost. The other option I began thinking about is maybe a set of bolt on bucket forks. I know they’re far from ideal, but might be a way to achieve most of my objectives at the lowest cost. I’m sure I will wish I had a real set of forks though.
Thanks everyone for helping me work through this. It’s all new to me so I am learning a lot and I appreciate your help with that.