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    Default Clamp On Bucket Forks

    I saw a post about a skid steer plow and checked it out. I don't have a skid steer but it seemed like a good idea. I also saw some clamp on bucket forks. The light duty forks are what i'm looking at as well as this clamp on 3 ball hitch. i'm a little worried as to whether the clamp on attachments will actually work. I was looking at http://www.paynesforks.com if anyone has an opinion one way or another i would appreciate knowing what you think of these. Other recomendations for the same type of stuff would be appreciated as well.

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    Murry, I think those forks will work fine. You'll need to be extra careful because there is nothing to keep your load from shifting back toward the tractor. Most clamp-on forks have a vertical piece to stop this from happening. If you tilt your bucket too much, you could find your load sitting on your hood or in your lap. You just have to use your head and be careful the same way you would with a full bucket of dirt.

    For the trailer ball, you'll need to be sure the lip on the clamp will fit behind your cutting edge (on the bottom of the bucket). If not, a heavy trailer or load could pull the ball adapter out of your bucket. If this attachment fits your bucket properly, I think it's a clever idea. I'd like to have one of those myself. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

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    Murry-If you will do a search for forks on here, you will find several threads on the subject. There have been many pictures posted of all types forks. Some bought, some homemade. Here is <font color="blue"> one </font> of them.

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    Here is another source for Clamp on Bucket Forks:

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    In my lawncare business we added last year a new service, Topdressing. and in talking to the owner of Earth and Turf i was made aware of the Existence of MSD

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    Has anyone compared the paynes forks ($260) to the MSD forks ($400). That is a substantial difference and I'm wondering why?

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    [img]/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] I can't believe someone even answered! I have been trying on different tractor websites to get an honest opinion and can't even find anyone alive. Thanks a bunch for responding you guys. I looked at the links posted here, and the advice given. I called Payne's Forks today and actually got to talk to the owner. I now know waaaayyyyy more about clamp on equipment than i ever really wanted to [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] He was a heck of a nice guy, pretty straight forward and definitely not a salesman just trying to push something.

    I asked about the lack of upright arms at the back of the forks by the bucket. He said the load would fall in or against the bucket or on the arms depending on what the load was, if it actually shifted backwards. He said most people carrying loads use the bucket to more or less craddle the load, depending on what the load is, and the uprights prevent this. He also pointed out that depending on the load i carried, if it was top heavy or a stacked load, no upright would prevent the load from falling back on me if i was going too fast, or loaded more than common sense said to load.

    When i asked him about safety, he said no matter what attachment you buy, the customer always has to use some common sense when handling the load. Which to be fair is true, and goes back to exactly what JimI said in his post with carrying the dirt.

    I called some other places listed here and on a few other sites, to be honest i settled on payne for two reasons. Price being number one . Second, the guy actually took the time to explain things to me much like you guys here. As to the difference in price on his forks and others, i would say call the guy he'll tell you. I put him on the spot today a few times and he never got upset and i thought he answered honestly. I can't say how well they work as i wont have them until about wednesday, but i'm really looking forward to trying them out. Thanks again you guys for helping me out with this, now i'll cross my fingers and hope that i did the right thing.

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    Murry,

    Check out the forks that I bought via EBAY. They have higher capacity than the Payne forks, and are cheaper. I have not received them as of yet, so I cannot share the build quality with you.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=26203

    later,
    Mike

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    <font color="blue">I can't say how well they work as i wont have them until about wednesday, but i'm really looking forward to trying them out. Thanks again you guys for helping me out with this, now i'll cross my fingers and hope that i did the right thing.
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    Murry,

    I think you will find the forks useful and will be glad you bought them. I have a set of the ones that have the backstop built in. The backstop has advantages and disadvantages...The biggest advantage is probably that it also serves as a handle for lugging them around and when mounting them.

    My guess is that you will be glad you have the clamp on forks, if you only use them now and then. I find that I don't like not being able to see the fork tip without standing up, but since I only use them once in a while that is not an issue...

    What kind of tractor are you going to use them on? If you get a chance add some details to your profile...

    Be sure to let us know how you like your new forks!

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    Mike? how do you like your forks?
    I can hook you up with one of these as well
    Tractor Draw Bar Receiver Hitch!!!

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    To tell you the truth, the forks are still wrapped as delivered. I am in the middle of a big land thinning project and have not needed the forks as of yet.

    Mike

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