Thinking about pallet forks……

fried1765

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That is seldom an issue for me, and a small piece of plywood against the rack would work in that situation.
My forks are at least 1-3/8" thick.
I do not keep 1-3/8 plywood on hand, and if I did it would be just another item to get on and off the tractor for.
My forks are Q/A with hydraulic lock.
I never need to leave the seat when attaching/detaching forks.
Convenience is what I prefer.
 

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My forks are at least 1-3/8" thick.
I do not keep 1-3/8 plywood on hand, and if I did it would be just another item to get on and off the tractor for.
My forks are Q/A with hydraulic lock.
I never need to leave the seat when attaching/detaching forks.
Convenience is what I prefer.
I’m glad that you’re happy with your forks. I’m also happy with my 4000# rated forks.
 
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I do not like this style forks!
The headrack sits several inches behind the actual forks, thus preventing a tall load
(bricks/blocks?) from having a back to rest against.
My EA forks give full headrack support.
Yeah, they work well for what I do with them but maybe not for the uses or preferences of some, which is why I posted the photos to maybe show a bit more detail than the retailer’s photos. If I ever needed a perfectly flush head rack (haven’t yet) I’d probably have to fur it out at least temporarily with a whatever thickness of wood necessary to make it flush.

I usually leave them on the platform truck in the pic so they take up approximately 6” of additional space. When they’re not there, they’re under the back of the Farmall where they take up approximately 6” of additional space. I store all my stuff inside as well and am thankful I can. If I couldn’t and I had to choose between the chipper or generator or rotary cutter or forks living outside, the forks would be living outside. If I lived in NM, some of which is a wee bit arid compared to where I live, my thoughts on outside storage might be a bit different.
 

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I have Land Pride PFL1242s that weigh 220 lbs, and they've been fine. You can get ones with more capacity, but it will make you be able to lift less. Some people will say 48s are better to full support the pallets. That hasn't been an issue for me.
 

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UA 42” forks SSQA full width adjustable, made in USA.I use these on my L series.

You can store the frame and forks separately they take up little space.

Good luck in your search.
 

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Bunch of sissies are going to have a fit when they find out my BX, brush cutter and back hoe are all currently outside in the rain. Weird thing is they work perfectly when I go to use em. Shop will be by summer but seriously - rust? I hope you rinse off your truck underneath daily prior to parking…. Coz you know… rust….
 
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Bunch of sissies are going to have a fit when they find out my BX, brush cutter and back hoe are all currently outside in the rain. Weird thing is they work perfectly when I go to use em. Shop will be by summer but seriously - rust? I hope you rinse off your truck underneath daily prior to parking…. Coz you know… rust….
Until all the covid shortages most new equipment sat outside at the dealers year round. In the central NY ones it was buried in snow part of each year. The balls on my 3pt hitch were very rusty on my new L2501. While it and the BH77 are in my shop now other things aren't. I would like to put a shed roof along one side this year to at least keep them under cover.

Bill
 
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curious, I went to TD to see the specs...
+-1000# ,at pins, full height
+-700#,500mm from pins.
From those numbers subtract forks and frame to get real payload
I don't see a real reason to buy 2000# rated unit(or more..), as a 1000# will do the job.
 

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curious, I went to TD to see the specs...
+-1000# ,at pins, full height
+-700#,500mm from pins.
From those numbers subtract forks and frame to get real payload
I don't see a real reason to buy 2000# rated unit(or more..), as a 1000# will do the job.
How much does the machine weigh?
curious, I went to TD to see the specs...
+-1000# ,at pins, full height
+-700#,500mm from pins.
From those numbers subtract forks and frame to get real payload
I don't see a real reason to buy 2000# rated unit(or more..), as a 1000# will do the job.
Most machines can lift the rear off the ground with the loader/hydraulics if too much load. Depending on how ‘creative’ you get with your forks there will be a lot of weight / leverage on the forks from time to time, especially if you ever use them to pry / dig. Just something to think about. Forks with SSQA can also be used again should you biggie size the machine.
 
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EVERYTHING STEEL RUSTS when exposed to the elements!
You like to live with rust?
I do not!
So do you only use your equipment when it is crystal clear, sunny and low humidity outside? Forks stored outside aren’t going to get anymore than a little surface rest if they aren’t used for a long time. Construction equipment and most farm equipment is not stored inside yet it survives.
 
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re: How much does the machine weigh?

Curious, Why does that matter ?

As for lifting too much. There's NO way my BX23S can lift 1000#,which is beyond the 'spec'. Heck it won't lift 5 ,24x30x2 patio stones. The hydraulics ain't got enough ,so it says 'no,too much'.
Seems most cranes and lifts have sensors and computers in them to prevent accidents from those that would abuse the machines.

on the other hand, my 40 year old forklift WILL lift 6000# even though rated for 5000#.yeah, full throttle, and it slowly does it,not real happy though.

my general comment is that there is no good reason to buy 'super ,heavy duty' forks if the machine won't require them.
 

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re: How much does the machine weigh?

Curious, Why does that matter ?

As for lifting too much. There's NO way my BX23S can lift 1000#,which is beyond the 'spec'. Heck it won't lift 5 ,24x30x2 patio stones. The hydraulics ain't got enough ,so it says 'no,too much'.
Seems most cranes and lifts have sensors and computers in them to prevent accidents from those that would abuse the machines.

on the other hand, my 40 year old forklift WILL lift 6000# even though rated for 5000#.yeah, full throttle, and it slowly does it,not real happy though.

my general comment is that there is no good reason to buy 'super ,heavy duty' forks if the machine won't require them.
Simply asked about weight as it will contribute to leverage on the front end when or if the back end lifts up.….that’s all. The BX that I had even with a ballast box on the back would still lift up. I believe that puts some extra stress on the fork tines….especially it you ever try to pry or dig with them…sometimes I do things I suspect not recommended with mine. 😀
 

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re: How much does the machine weigh?

Curious, Why does that matter ?

As for lifting too much. There's NO way my BX23S can lift 1000#,which is beyond the 'spec'. Heck it won't lift 5 ,24x30x2 patio stones. The hydraulics ain't got enough ,so it says 'no,too much'.
Seems most cranes and lifts have sensors and computers in them to prevent accidents from those that would abuse the machines.

on the other hand, my 40 year old forklift WILL lift 6000# even though rated for 5000#.yeah, full throttle, and it slowly does it,not real happy though.

my general comment is that there is no good reason to buy 'super ,heavy duty' forks if the machine won't require them.
I agree Jay, I bought the LP1242 forks for my L2501 because that is about it's lifting ability, 1200lbs. Any forks weighing more is just taking away from what I can do in real work. It would be a real PITA to not be able to handle some pallets when the just a little more is tied up in dead weight.
Bill
 

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The BH has never been off my BX23S, never had the rear lift off the ground with loads on the forks. Kubota seems to have 'dialed in' the BX23S for 'use' not 'abuse'..must have figured we'd try to lift 'just a little more'....
Yes, you need the proper amount of rear weight 'dialed' in for loader work. On the d-14s I use a carryall with forks to grab one of two 'weight' skids.
The A_C forklift has 4000# of cast iron 'counter weight',never had the rear lift on it either.
 

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So do you only use your equipment when it is crystal clear, sunny and low humidity outside? Forks stored outside aren’t going to get anymore than a little surface rest if they aren’t used for a long time. Construction equipment and most farm equipment is not stored inside yet it survives.
Yup!
When it is raining I do not do any thing outside!
People who store their equipment outside long term , just do not take the best care of their equipment.
I also keep my cars in a garage when not in use!
Thankfully, my mother taught me to put my toys away at night.

Unless you have implements built of COR-TEN steel, rust is the enemy of all steel.
 
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Yeah, they work well for what I do with them but maybe not for the uses or preferences of some, which is why I posted the photos to maybe show a bit more detail than the retailer’s photos. If I ever needed a perfectly flush head rack (haven’t yet) I’d probably have to fur it out at least temporarily with a whatever thickness of wood necessary to make it flush.

I usually leave them on the platform truck in the pic so they take up approximately 6” of additional space. When they’re not there, they’re under the back of the Farmall where they take up approximately 6” of additional space. I store all my stuff inside as well and am thankful I can. If I couldn’t and I had to choose between the chipper or generator or rotary cutter or forks living outside, the forks would be living outside. If I lived in NM, some of which is a wee bit arid compared to where I live, my thoughts on outside storage might be a bit different.
I live on the high plains at the edge of the Rockies. We get about 20” of annual precipitation, split between winter snow and summer rain. No where near what you receive, but not as dry as the desert areas further south. Many of us have pipe fences that are left unpainted. After a few years, they develop a brown surface rust patina that looks like paint. In our climate they stay like this for decades but don’t rust through.
 
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Until all the covid shortages most new equipment sat outside at the dealers year round. In the central NY ones it was buried in snow part of each year. The balls on my 3pt hitch were very rusty on my new L2501. While it and the BH77 are in my shop now other things aren't. I would like to put a shed roof along one side this year to at least keep them under cover.

Bill
I store my tractor and implements with gearboxes and ptos in the barn. Not things like my rear blade or plow.
 

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re: People who store their equipment outside long term , just do not take the best care of their equipment.

you better not get into 99.44% of all airplanes then !!

or buses, subway cars, trams,..buy used bulldozers or excavators or....

I'd need 8200 sq ft of indoor space to store my 'stuff' that's lived outside for the past 3 decades
 
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My B2650 loves my Martatch 42" SSQA adjustable width forks, rated 2000 lbs.

A Canadian company, though. But theis style are made in the USA too.

With 1200lb max capacity loader they are a bit oversize for capacity but I'm glad for that. I've needed to lift the tractor front off the ground and push myself out of a hole with those forks, using the curl function. I would not want a lighter set of forks on there.

The adjustable width function is a MUST.

And as for them being heavier and that "taking away" some lift capacity, a smaller set would not be much lighter, and as it stands I can hoist a 500kg tote bag full of feed up to empty it into barrels, so I'm suitably impressed. I'm not suffering from capacity loss from having slightly "oversized" ssqa forks on.

I have the forks on the tractor the most of all my front implements. My BB1560 box blade is a perfect counterweight for the loader/forks: there's always traction on the back wheels with the box on back and lifting the heaviest load my hydraulics can raise.
 
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