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    Default Clamp On Pallet Forks

    Hello;

    Regarding the clamp on pallet forks. Are they good enough for the intended purpose? I like the idea only because they are much smaller and easier to store. I try to keep my equipment indoors out of the weather and am quickly running out of space.

    thanks, nicholas

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    Default Re: Clamp On Pallet Forks

    I was going to get clamp on forks but was talked into going for forks with quick attach with the protective cage on rear. It was a smart move. I think the clamp on forks wont lift the weight that regular fork attachment will. Sitting outside doesnt seem to hurt them much, spray them down with a little oil or diesel fuel once in awhile.

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    Default Re: Clamp On Pallet Forks

    I'm going to assume you mean to use them on your JD 3320 that is on your profile.
    If so, since it is JD quick attach, I'd spring for the lighweight full set from Artillian or Everything attachements. You say space is an issue, they are light enough to manhandle or flip up on their back, but so much easier to attach and detach from your loader and so much easier to use since you can actually see what your lifting I think these positives outweight the storage part.

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    Default Re: Clamp On Pallet Forks

    A quick search of the forum will provide many, many posts of the pros & cons of these forks. Personally, they were one of the bigger mistakes I've made in the tractor world. QA with dedicated forks were definitely the way to go in the end.
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    Default Re: Clamp On Pallet Forks

    Quote Originally Posted by dusty3030 View Post
    I'm going to assume you mean to use them on your JD 3320 that is on your profile.
    If so, since it is JD quick attach, I'd spring for the lighweight full set from Artillian or Everything attachements. You say space is an issue, they are light enough to manhandle or flip up on their back, but so much easier to attach and detach from your loader and so much easier to use since you can actually see what your lifting I think these positives outweight the storage part.
    I bought a pin on set of dedicated pallet forks for my kubota BX. ..cost me quite a lot. They worked great but were a pain to attach and detach to remount the bucket. Since then I have a Kubota B2620 model and opted for clamp on forks from Bucket Solutions. They work great also and are quicker to mount and remove and yes they store more handily as well as cost less. I suppose the "real" pallet forks work better, but heck, the clamp on have done everything that I asked of them.
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    Default Re: Clamp On Pallet Forks

    I have Landpride clamp on forks and use them a fair bit. It would be nice to have better visibility at times but I can usually feel my way by going slow and easy. Don't have quick attach so clamp on was the better choice for me.
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    Default Re: Clamp On Pallet Forks

    Save your money and get artillians. So much more useful than bucket forks. I use my forks on my 3320 more than my bucket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartod
    Save your money and get artillians. So much more useful than bucket forks. I use my forks on my 3320 more than my bucket.
    Depends what you use your tractor and loader for..

    Our chain-on forks from yankee warehouse have done all we asked, exceed the lift rating of our tractor and loder, AND store in about a 4X4 " square of floor space extended to their 42" tips...

    We've not had any visibility issues 'cause the chains index the forks and I can easily guage the distance...

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    Default Re: Clamp On Pallet Forks

    I faced the same situation last year and decided to purchase a set of clamp on forks for my bucket...
    Are they as nice as dedicated skid steer QA type...
    No...
    Do they work...
    Yes...
    Plus I saved over $500...
    The ones I got have receivers to accept 2x4's and attachment points for utilizing chains to help stabilize the fork...
    This makes loading brush and rolling logs easy...
    I really like mine and it was and still is one of the best additions I ever made to my FEL...
    Overkill for my little tractor but very well made and I highly recommend them...

    Clamp on Loader Bucket Skid Tractor Pallet Fork chain 793573164506 | eBay
    Last edited by Turbys_1700; 09-05-2012 at 08:29 AM. Reason: messed up attachment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbys_1700 View Post
    I faced the same situation last year and decided to purchase a set of clamp on forks for my bucket...
    Are they as nice as dedicated skid steer QA type...
    No...
    Do they work...
    Yes...
    Plus I saved over $500...
    The ones I got have receivers to accept 2x4's and attachment points for utilizing chains to help stabilize the fork...
    This makes loading brush and rolling logs easy...
    I really like mine and it was and still is one of the best additions I ever made to my FEL...
    Overkill for my little tractor but very well made and I highly recommend them...

    Clamp on Loader Bucket Skid Tractor Pallet Fork chain 793573164506 | eBay


    Ditto to alll the above with my Yankee Warehouse Chain-ons, I used clevises to localize my optimum hook-up location on each chain and leave the load binders in the clevises, so they go on in less than 2 minutes.

    Off is even quicker, and we've used them for everything from putting our Snow Bear snowplow onto the mounts on the front of our truck to picking up old brush piles [without needing a grapple, though I really would love to have one of those ], to lifting a 30" diameter [trunk] x 8 foot ash log [as well as pallets full of cut up logs].

    I'll admit that I sometimes have to make sure that the heaviest loads are located on the fork area nearest the bucket, but even with my usual propensity to overload/exceed the load ratings of any and all equipment I own, they have never yet failed or faltered- even when the loader needed a little manual help lifting the load [ don't tell the safety police]

    The price is still $149- and only $29 for ground shipping from their PA location to my upstate NY location- that's really hard to beat for the great quality.

    Yankeewarehouse.net









    BTW, the finish/paint on the forks pictured is way poorer than the actual quality we rec'd, and despite over a year of heavy use, it's still only minimally marred by scratches.

    YMMV,
    Thomas


    Oops- forgot, they have 41" useable space, and are rated at 3500#- well more than my loader can think of lifting.....

    Chain on manual.pdf
    Last edited by PhysAssist; 09-05-2012 at 03:59 PM. Reason: forgot specs

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