“Leveling guide” refers to a bucket level indicator, the sliding rod type works for bucket and forks. The rod attaches to a SSQA pin, not the bucket, so it stays on at all times. (Just for clarity it’s the plain silver bent rod above the hydraulic hoses on the inner right boom in the photos.)I am soon going to install a home made leveling guide. Still looking at different designs and trying to decide which one to go with. Originally this was for my FEL. Will this also work to help out using forks?
Thank you for your comments. I wanted hear from someone who had experience with the forks to give me confidence to set it up for them also. I also like what you mentioned about a design to show level at any height. Thanks again“Leveling guide” refers to a bucket level indicator, the sliding rod type works for bucket and forks. The rod attaches to a SSQA pin, not the bucket, so it stays on at all times. (Just for clarity it’s the plain silver bent rod above the hydraulic hoses on the inner right boom in the photos.)
Forks will probably be a different point on the rod (mine are) but it’s not difficult to mark two places on the rod or just know how far to offset it for forks.
Of course that style (mine is OEM) only tells you bucket / fork position at ground. Have seen a variety of homegrown designs, some sophisticated enough to show level throughout lift range. If it’s some other design I have no clue about bucket to fork usefulness.
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The forks are new and like you said the controls can jump real easy. I worked at DuPont for years and did a lot of forktruck work. I agree there is big difference. If there is no load on forks or a loader is it ok to curl at low RPMs?you'll soon find out using forks is a real 'fun' experience ! Controls are waaaaay too sensitive though reducing RPM does help some. it'd be nice to have a snail/rabbit mode on them. 2 years of forking everything imaginable and I still can't get the hang of it. TOTALLY different than using my 7000# forklift.
There is a 'level' indicator on the front right of the SSQA frame, if you haven't powerwashed the label off, the steel will be there.