Made myself a pallet fork attachment

slevys95

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B1750, BX2370/wmid60" deck,loader,brushhog,backblade,3pt rear snowblower
Sep 21, 2017
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Nice work on forks. I'm in the process of fabrication of a set of bucket forks also for my bx2370 with fixed FEL. While at junk yard looking for scrap metal to practice some welding I tripped over an old set of skid steer forks. Asked what yard wanted and he said $10. Needless to say they ended up in my truck. I'm still thinking through mounting but think I have a solution that will be a fairly quick on and off. . Welded short length of tube on back of forks to slide a 1inch bar through and I'm going to weld side plates on bucket edges with drilled 1-1/8 inch holes to slide bars through. I am sliding 2nd 1 inch bar in front of top of forks to receive stress on bucket cutting edge. Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated as I haven't welded side plates on yet. Attached are some pictures. Of course I hope to do a paint job, probably mostly to cover my amateur welds.


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Blueice

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Forks look really good but I got couple of questions,
how long and high are you forks, and do you think taper would be more user friendly on top side?
Thanks, Blueice.
 

AL A

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BX1880
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A bit of follow up on this project:

After using these for a while it became obvious that I should have bought the version of the SSQA plate that has the center part cut out. With the forks level, I could not quite see the ends of the forks. I found this annoying and a bit limiting at times.

So I borrowed a plasma cutter and after outlining the open space in the SSQA mount, cut it out. With some grinding and welding a few oops cuts closed it now has viewing ports. After repainting and reassembly I can now see what I am doing.

After cutting and some grinding and welding:

plate1.jpg


After a coat of paint:

plate2.jpg


Reassembled:

plate3.jpg


View from the drivers seat:

plate4.jpg


So now I can see what I'm doing, at least most of the time!
 

AL A

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Forks look really good but I got couple of questions,
how long and high are you forks, and do you think taper would be more user friendly on top side?
Thanks, Blueice.

My apologies, i somehow missed you reply here:

I have found the taper on the bottom to be OK, I think it's a 50/50 sort of thing. There are times when having it on the top would be an advantage. I find this arrangement works well for getting the points under something then rolling the forks back while pushing forward. I guess you just get used to whatever setup you have.

Edited to add: Forks are 36" long and are made from 2"x3" 3/16" wall square tubing.
 
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BottomlessBucket

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Got myself a BX1880 recently. Part of the reason for getting it was for a retaining wall project I've had in mind for years. That will involve moving a fair amount or rocks and granite blocks around and a set of forks seemed a good tool for that part of the job.

I looked at a bunch of attachments, but most that I found seemed to be rated for 2-3000 pounds or more and weighed in at close to 200# just for the attachment, some even apporaching 300. That would eat up almost a third or more of my little tractors lift capacity. So I decided to try fabricating a set.

This is the result. I bought the QA plate as I could not buy the steel for what a prefab one cost, and it has all of the fiddly parts done for me already. The forks are 2"x3"x 3/16 wall tube. A friend had made a similar set and actually did the calculations on the sizes of the tubes, etc (he's a mechanical engineer by trade) so I have confidence in the basic design.

They weigh in at just about 115 pounds total, so a significant weight savings. I've tested them to the point where my hydraulics limit out with no sign of any trauma to them so that's good. Overall cost was about $230 so long as I count my time as free and before I bought paint. Not 100% perfect, but I'm pretty happy with how they came out.



Those are beautiful, and for sure, their low weight is what really differentiates them in the market.

We'd be interested in reselling them on our web-site at bottomlessbucketstore.com. If you have don't have time to do the fabrication of them in high volume, we have our own fabricators that could take your design and fabricate the forks, and we also have the powder coaters at our disposal to paint them up.

We would pay you a sizable commission on each one we sell.

Reach out to me if this is of interest to you (phil_tympanick@bottomlessbucketstore.com).
 

B737

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Those are beautiful, and for sure, their low weight is what really differentiates them in the market.

We'd be interested in reselling them on our web-site at bottomlessbucketstore.com. If you have don't have time to do the fabrication of them in high volume, we have our own fabricators that could take your design and fabricate the forks, and we also have the powder coaters at our disposal to paint them up.

We would pay you a sizable commission on each one we sell.

Reach out to me if this is of interest to you (phil_tympanick@bottomlessbucketstore.com).
already on the market, ~$600, identical to the ones sold by Earth & Turf in New Holland PA; box frame, weight rated 1200 pounds, weigh 110 pounds.

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