L3901/LA525, B7200DT/B1630, G2160/RCK60, G2460/RCK60
- Apr 6, 2021
The wisdom of that aside I would not expect forks to be excessively "hard" in machining terms. Case hardened steel is 59C to 61 C and I doubt your forks are case hardened. Pushing HSS or M42 saws/drills you can machine close to 50C steel. Low surface speed and lots of cutting fluid. Tool life will be reduced so dont expect to do dozens. Heres a little video just to illustrate.I have a set of PFL1242 pallet forks on my BX,.
How "hard" of steel are they if I wanted to poke a BIG hole near the end of one (or both)
Occasionally I might like to put a trailer hitch ball in the end of one to move an empty utility trailer around my flat yard.
Also, another project has JUST come up where using forks could be a lot easier than using my bucket for visual reasons.
I want to gently yank something BIG out of a shed and visibility and maneuvering real estate is at a premium, so thought if I had a hole in one
(or both) I could install D-rings in the holes, then straps or chains, etc.
I don't own any specialty drill bits or a mag drill (who wouldn't just love one of those, right?)
Thanks for the thoughts / ideas.