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    Quote Originally Posted by pat32rf View Post
    I know I can build forks, etc to fit with just a torch drill press and welder as long as I have a few pieces of rolled steel rods for the pins and some 1/4" plate for the hooks. I even have two pins ready made for the next attachment I decide to build.
    Not everyone has the tools or the ability to do that. If they did, we wouldn't need the manufacturers.
    Add to that the fact that not everyone owns or wants to own JD. It's nice to be able to have stuff that can be swapped back & forth between various machines/makes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJZ 109
    have stuff that can be swapped back & forth between various machines/makes.
    Right. And to be able to loan/borrow with your neighbor farmers if it is a special, seldom used attachment is great. Commonality of allows that.

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    I can well understand that it would be nice to swap with neighbours if they have stuff. I find that in my case the neighbours with tractors are just too far away.
    I thought that I was seeing prices around $200 for the basic "bucket" plates...

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    Thanks for starting this thread, Alpha Dog. It sounds like we're in a similar situation. I'm in the process of trying to adapt a set of forks to my LA724 FEL. My plan was to make the forks pin-on and enjoy the money and lift capacity saved. After doing some initial fit-up work with cardboard & hot glue and getting ready to order a 1 3/16" rotabroach to make pivot holes, I spent about an hour putting the bucket & 4 pins back in and aligning the pins with the locking bolt holes and getting the locking bolts installed. This was under ideal conditions on a sunny warm afternoon with no other urgent tasks needing to get done. Can't even imagine trying to pin the dang thing back on in an icy rain with failing daylight. The whole experience of trying to get the bucket back on, just once, has convinced me to avoid going the pin-on route.

    So it's either bite the bullet and get an SSQA kit, or maybe knock together a JD style attachment by re-using the brackets that I will have to cut off of the bucket. But Jim KOUA's tale of woe with the cutting torch is making me think twice about that idea. Still, that JD design is real sweet and looks like it would be fairly easy to fabricate from the old brackets & some sheet & strap. Decisions, decisions.

    Tell us when you make a decision, and don't forget to post some pictures - good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baby Grand View Post
    Thanks for starting this thread, Alpha Dog. It sounds like we're in a similar situation. I'm in the process of trying to adapt a set of forks to my LA724 FEL. My plan was to make the forks pin-on and enjoy the money and lift capacity saved. After doing some initial fit-up work with cardboard & hot glue and getting ready to order a 1 3/16" rotabroach to make pivot holes, I spent about an hour putting the bucket & 4 pins back in and aligning the pins with the locking bolt holes and getting the locking bolts installed. This was under ideal conditions on a sunny warm afternoon with no other urgent tasks needing to get done. Can't even imagine trying to pin the dang thing back on in an icy rain with failing daylight. The whole experience of trying to get the bucket back on, just once, has convinced me to avoid going the pin-on route.


    So it's either bite the bullet and get an SSQA kit, or maybe knock together a JD style attachment by re-using the brackets that I will have to cut off of the bucket. But Jim KOUA's tale of woe with the cutting torch is making me think twice about that idea. Still, that JD design is real sweet and looks like it would be fairly easy to fabricate from the old brackets & some sheet & strap. Decisions, decisions.
    Don't let my tale discourage you, I would not hesitate to do it again.. I could do much better now. And much faster too.
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    Default Re: Skid steer quick attach adapter

    Quote Originally Posted by pat32rf View Post
    I can well understand that it would be nice to swap with neighbours if they have stuff. I find that in my case the neighbours with tractors are just too far away.
    I thought that I was seeing prices around $200 for the basic "bucket" plates...
    SSQA plates are about $125 for several sources.. here is one.

    Skid Steer Attachments Pallet Forks Hay Spears Bobcat Cat John deere Mount Plate
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    Default Re: Skid steer quick attach adapter

    Quote Originally Posted by k0ua View Post
    Don't let my tale discourage you, I would not hesitate to do it again.. I could do much better now. And much faster too.
    Heh - heh. Thanks for the encouragement. As someone (on here?) used to say "It's easy when you know how or somebody shows you". That's what makes this place great.
    That's the problem with trouble.
    It always starts out as such fun."
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    Quote Originally Posted by k0ua

    SSQA plates are about $125 for several sources.. here is one.

    Skid Steer Attachments Pallet Forks Hay Spears Bobcat Cat John deere Mount Plate
    I have this plate and welded it onto my old pin on bucket. The adapter plate has perfect dimensions.

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    One more benefit to using ssqa setup is used and some new attachments are cheaper at auctions etc where as JD etc are proprietary and smaller market higher price thats what I have seen anyway. fwtw
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    Well, thanks to the suggestions here, I searched until I found someone at a kubota dealership who'd do a little research, and found the OE part for $495. (Also thanks to K0ua for giving me a price to start haggling from). The part should be here Friday, so now all I have to do this week is go out to the farm about 30 miles away, pick up the L2800, take it home to my current house 30 miles in another direction, cut the brackets off my current bucket, weld on the SSQA adapter to that, purchase the root grapple I want, get that delivered, close on another 14 acres adjacent to my farm on Thursday, load the tractor up and carry it back to the farm, install the grapple, start clearing brush around the old trailer house that I have to get removed from the new 14 acres so my son arrange to have someone come get that trailer out so he can start building his "barn-dominium", finish cross fencing the current land, put in a new gate to the new land, haul water for my wife's animals, and, oh yeah, somehow work 40 hours at my "retirement job" that helps pay for all this stuff. As we say where I come from, "ain't no hill for a stepper." By the way, does anyone have any preferences about which way to go in converting the bucket? Should I get a "one-piece" plate type adapter, or the two "pockets" to weld on to a flat backed Kubota bucket?

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