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  1. #1

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    Jan 2003
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    Kubota BX22

    Default 3-point forks double as bucket forks

    Santa Claus brought me some 3-pt forks for Christmas. I came up with a way to make them double as light duty bucket forks. I mounted a step bumper receiver hitch onto the bucket and inserted an eight inch receiver tube with a slot and a clevis pin for a quick-link. I used a turnbuckle (2200 lb. working load) to connect to the top link pin. The forks are clamped to the bucket lip using (4) 3/8 grade 80 bolts and (2) x1- steel fabricated brackets. It takes less than 5 minutes to install or remove the forks and no modification to the forks is required. A static test using 150 lbs. at the tip of the forks was no problem. Ill try them out on a real load as soon as I get a chance. The major use will be moving brush for my burn pile this spring. The forks weigh 90 lbs. and I dont expect to try and lift more than 200 lbs. that far out on the bucket. That would make a max. load of about 300 lbs vs. a 460 lb. capacity for my BX22. I plan to build a 4x4x32 carryall to use on the rear of the tractor this summer. If it works, Ill post some pictures.
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  2. #2

    Join Date
    Apr 2001
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    NorthEast,CT
    Tractor
    B2710 HST,TLB R4's

    Default Re: 3-point forks double as bucket forks

    johnnk: It's another home run. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/clever.gif[/img] I have a similar hook-up and as long as you know the limitations of your unit this will work very well. I caution you to check closely the deflection at the top of the bucket where the reciever is bolted when you lift progressively heavier loads.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/hmm.gif[/img] An adjustment might be waranted. ( mine was) [img]/w3tcompact/icons/frown.gif[/img] Also be careful of applying too much down pressure on the tips of the forks this will probably show up the inherent weaknesses of this system. You can probably sacrifies the bolts on the lip ( like shear pins) in favor of not breaking anything important or expensive. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/cool.gif[/img] [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]I like the way you think. Keep them coming. ....RayBee [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

  3. #3
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    May 2002
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    Near Buffalo, NY
    Tractor
    Kubota GL3430 HST

    Default Re: 3-point forks double as bucket forks

    Man do I love this sight. Great idea and very nice set-up. I'm going to be getting a pallet carrier this spring but the only one I've seen is from TSC. Where did santa get it and what did it cost him?

  4. #4
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    Oct 2002
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    Pomfret,Connecticut
    Tractor
    yanmar 336d w ldr,Cub,many attachments

    Default Re: 3-point forks double as bucket forks

    Real neat there Johnny K ! where did santa get the 3-point forks,I would like that for my tractor.Might be cheaper to buy than build,let me know ,Thanks,Lloyd from CT

  5. #5

    Join Date
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    Kubota BX22

    Default Re: 3-point forks double as bucket forks

    The 3-pt. forks came from <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.abcgroff.com/>http://www.abcgroff.com/</A> . The forks are rated for 1200 lbs. which is more than either end of my BX22 can lift. I've attached some pictures of my trip to the wood pile this weekend. Using the forks, I can carry about 3 times more wood than I can load in the bucket. I'm not sure how much weight was on the forks. I think I can probably carry as much as the bucket will lift, but I don't want to over-stress the bucket. Any tips for safe operation and stress areas to watch?
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  6. #6

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    NorthEast,CT
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    B2710 HST,TLB R4's

    Default Re: 3-point forks double as bucket forks

    johnnyk:Looks like you can get more work done faster now.[img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img] Just take it slow on rough terrain, and always lookout for depressions [img]/w3tcompact/icons/shocked.gif[/img] that could find your front wheels and put lots more stress on FEL, especially when overloaded. Good luck ...RayBee [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

  7. #7
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    Colorado
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    2000 New Holland TC29D with 7308 FEL, and top & tilt. 1950 John Deere B. 1940 Farmall A.

    Default Re: 3-point forks double as bucket forks

    Nice job! I had something in mind myselft, but it was more complicated. Your solution is simpler and just as good!

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