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    Veteran Member Rowski's Avatar
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    Default Re: Hooks on buckets

    Thank to all! I think I am going with the grab hooks. One in the center welded to a thick steel plate and bolted to bucket with large thick washers on the inside. Possibly weld hooks near the ends (on top) of the bucket.

    Thanks also for extra info on the chains. I will be needing to make up some too. We deal with AW direct http://www.awdirect.com (chains and cables) for our recovery and towing service. I don't know if their pricing is good. But their service is excellent and very quick.

    Rowski


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    Default Re: Hooks on buckets

    Rowski - I'd really recommend you check out the Labonville link and order one of their catalogs. I've got the AW-Direct catalog, too, and you can get much stronger chain and hooks from Labonville for 50% less. And their service is great, too.

    Mark


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    Default Re: Hooks on buckets

    After reading this thread I noticed that some grab hooks I bought last summer at an ARCO dealer in Ontario say 'forged and made in USA' (Well, I suppose 'forged' would be natural since the idea of a cast hook seems a little unusual). However, it's a curious thing that people in the US have to look for made in made in USA hooks, and in Canada, USA hooks just seem to fall out of the hardware bins.


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    Veteran Member Rowski's Avatar
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    Default Re: Hooks on buckets

    Mark, Thanks. Are they are out of NH? If they are I got a catalog comming. They are closer to me than AW Direct. I need to talk sometime about hydralics for the rear. Don't have to much time right now. I'm to busy with the new tractor. My wife would like to know if there is a forum for "tractor widow's". [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    Rowski


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    Default Re: Hooks on buckets

    I'm not Mark but they are out of NH. A top notch company.
    Gordon


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    Default Re: Hooks on buckets

    Rowski - Yep, as Gordon said, they're from NH and they're a great company.

    As for the rear hydraulics, what were you planning to do? (When you get time, of course.)

    Mark


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    Default Re: Hooks on buckets

    TomG - That's interesting. Do you know what grade those hooks are or who the manufacturer is? Are there any other markings on them? Do you remember how much they cost? It does seem strange that they'd be so common there and so uncommon here.

    Mark


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    Default Re: Hooks on buckets

    Rowski,

    I think my wife would be interested in a "Tractor Widow's" forum too! I keep trying to tell her it will "extend" my life, but she is hard to convince. I hope this is one of the (few) times I'm actually able to prove her wrong.

    ~Rick


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    Default Re: Hooks on buckets

    I guess I just don't work as hard as some of you guys; I can't recall ever breaking a chain hook.

    Bird

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    Default Re: Hooks on buckets

    Bird - I've never broken one lifting anything (fortunately, I think it would be hard to do with our equipment), but I sure have pulling trees. It can be pretty scary, too.

    Mark


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