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    Default Clamp on forks

    Just picked up a set of Clamp on forks from a sm. dealer who said he paid $190 off of E-bay and asked $225 for them. (Clamp on Loader Bucket Skid Tractor Pallet Fork chain Get fast shipping and excellent service. 4000# CAPACITY. FREE SHIPPING!)
    I looked them up when I back and found that you can get them for $169.00.( Everyone , needs to make the cash) I've never used forks like this before and I can't wait to see what I can do with them. First thing is to load up on fence post at the end of the field. Then there is all the blackberry canes i got piled up ,and then.............. I just hope there not cheap stuff thats going to bend up the first time I use them.. They seem to be built good and heavy. I see there are alot of forks out there that are rated for alot less, for alot more money, I'll find out soon enough

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    Default Re: Clamp on forks

    Just moved 500 pre. treated fence post. There nothing like the QT. at work that we have on the skid steer. Had trouble trying to slide the forks under to pick them up, and found that getting a few on and loading the rest by hand worked ok.
    I could see that the roll backs could be back into the bucket more to handle a little more weight .Where my bucket has a cutting edge on it there is a sm gap between the bottom of the bucket and the top of fork( I should get piece to to put in there or it might bend the bucket) They didn't move around as much as I thought they would ,but had to tighten them up once or twice (didn't chain them on) In time if I use them alot I'll be looking into the QT ones.I think with some hands on , and the money I paid, they'll work just fine for now.

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    Default Re: Clamp on forks

    I converted mine to chain on.. much better. when using them as clamp on, they would come off when backing up from a pallet, with the forks on the ground. No worries about bending them.. they are very stout. Also welded some more pipe at the pinch, point where they contact the bucket. It was too far foward, on the lip of the bucket. I welded in a piece of 1/2 inch pipe to contact on the flat of the "meaty" part of the bucket edge. You still have the dis-advantage on not being able to see what you are doing like a real pair of forks without the bucket. But the price was right, and having a pin on bucket, instead of a skidsteer QA, this was a viable alternative.
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    Default Re: Clamp on forks

    Any other comments on these? I don't need anything fancy, just enough to move some logs here and there and perhaps lift up a large brush pile. The quick attach option is nice and worth the compromise for me.

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    Default Re: Clamp on forks

    Quote Originally Posted by Pushing_Tin View Post
    Any other comments on these? I don't need anything fancy, just enough to move some logs here and there and perhaps lift up a large brush pile. The quick attach option is nice and worth the compromise for me.
    Get a QA set for your loader...you already have the JDQA. Bucket forks are a PITA comparatively.
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    Default Re: Clamp on forks

    Quote Originally Posted by Pushing_Tin View Post
    Any other comments on these? I don't need anything fancy, just enough to move some logs here and there and perhaps lift up a large brush pile. The quick attach option is nice and worth the compromise for me.
    If I had the money for a QA forks, I would have gone with them.
    I do like the idea that if I need my bucket to do anything away from the house ,all I got to do is take the forks off where I'm at and then put the forks back on. Your going to have to tighten them up once in awhile ,they will move some .
    I had cut trees around the bottom of my blueberry field and used the forks to move them. Took them off and did some de-rocking and worked on the road going along the field .
    Only took 5 min. to change from one to the other. I know you can set your bucket right on your QA forks to take with you, but can be a pain to take over rough ground. All depends on how much your going to use them and want to spend .

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennyd View Post
    Get a QA set for your loader...you already have the JDQA. Bucket forks are a PITA comparatively.
    What do they cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by First one View Post
    If I had the money for a QA forks, I would have gone with them.
    I do like the idea that if I need my bucket to do anything away from the house ,all I got to do is take the forks off where I'm at and then put the forks back on. Your going to have to tighten them up once in awhile ,they will move some .
    I had cut trees around the bottom of my blueberry field and used the forks to move them. Took them off and did some de-rocking and worked on the road going along the field .
    Only took 5 min. to change from one to the other. I know you can set your bucket right on your QA forks to take with you, but can be a pain to take over rough ground. All depends on how much your going to use them and want to spend .
    Thanks for the feedback, I won't use them all that much. I only put about 70 hours a year on the tractor.

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    Default Re: Clamp on forks

    Quote Originally Posted by Pushing_Tin View Post
    What do they cost?
    Go on e-bay and just look up, QA forks or clamp on forks.
    Seen the QA forks for around $500 plus (new)and the clamp on forks for $160 plus( new) look for free shipping thats a plus. The weight rating should be right up there. I've been told to say away from the 1200 lb rating ,but there maybe someone that has them that works good I think the size of your tractor will make the diff. You could always look for used ,could pick up the QA cheaper.

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    Default Re: Clamp on forks

    I bought a set of those clamp on forks. They work. They will bend.( I tweaked mine with downpressure because I couldn't see what I was doing) They do dent your bucket. I am ok with them for now, as they have allowed me to do an awesome amount of work, but if I had the money, I would convert to QA and get those forks.
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