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    Nov 2017
    NSW Australia
    None at present. Considering Kubota MX5501 with FEL and 4:1 and some sort of scraper/grader for road maintenance (lots of hills!)

    Default Pallet Forks - 'over-engineer'?

    Tractor bought for use on hilly 'weekender' property, primarily to take care of the roads. Not lifting any hay bales.

    Tractor is MX5100

    Challenge loader
    Lift capacity at pivot pin - Ground level 1490kg
    Lift capacity at pivot pin - Maximum lift height 1242kg
    Lift capacity at 800mm from pivot pin - Ground level 1350kg
    Lift capacity at 800mm from pivot pin - 1.5m lift height 1306kg
    Lift capacity at 800mm from pivot pin - Maximum lift height 900kg
    Bucket rollback force at ground height 1000kg

    Has 4:1 bucket

    The dealer is strongly advocating these forks:

    Weight (with no fork arms) 105kg
    Width 1105mm-1250mm
    Fork arm length 1075mm
    Fork arm weight (single) 44kg
    Fork arm maximum load (pair) 2500kg
    Tine spacing Minimum Maximum
    675mm 1225mm

    I questioned the reasoning behind suggesting 2,500kg forks when the loader can't handle anywhere near that sort of load.

    His answer is that the arms are significantly stronger and this helps to prevent bent arms.

    I am an 'over-engineering' kinda guy, but my BS monitor shot way up into the red zone when I heard that explanation. However, I know very little about pallet forks and have zero experience with them, so I am deferring to my learned and experienced colleagues on this forum for your opinions.

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    Jan 2011
    Fanning Springs, Gilchirst County, North-Central Florida
    Kubota Tractor Loader L3560 HST 37-hp / 5,400 pounds

    Default Re: Pallet Forks - 'over-engineer'?

    Not quite sure why you are buying Pallet Forks to take care of roads but you must have a reason.

    Fork arm length 1075mm

    I often attach dedicated clamp-on Debris Forks to my bucket. Each of the five tines are 22" long, including the 3" base.

    When picking up debris, you push debris against a tree to backstop the debris so the forks can slide under the pile. Forks that are too long leave the load out on the fork ends with load leverage working against you.

    I have never wished for the tines to be longer than 19"/22" for moving debris.

    Every kilo of Pallet Fork weight counts as part of your payload lift.
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