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    I have seen a lot of ways to attach a hook to a bucket but here is what I like to do. Get a thick piece of flat steel and bend it to fit the shape of the bucket. Weld it to the bucket and then weld the hook to that. Gives a lot more strength and is cleaner looking as not all buckets conform to the hook but the plate does. For these types of install I look real hard to try and find a USA made grade 70 hook and not an import.
    This may be old news but I have not seen this way on this board before so I hope this is not a duplicate.
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    Default Re: How I attached hooks to bucket--photo

    the mounting plate is an important part of the hook which distributes the heat from the weld but (likely) more importantly distributes the weigth across a greater surface area of the bucket. without, bending the bucket may be more likley.

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    Default Re: How I attached hooks to bucket--photo

    My only question would be, after going through all that effort, why weld on a "pin on" hook rather than use a "weld on" hook that is made to be welded on? They cost about the same and the weld on hook is designed to be welded on and offers greater strength. Other than that, based on over 30 years of welding experience, you did a great job. The base plate is a must if there isn't already one on the bucket (some heavier buckets already have 1/4" plate on the top) and you put the hook in line with the lift arm.
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    Default Re: How I attached hooks to bucket--photo

    Note how the welded on pin hook angle follows the angle of the bucket edge.
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    Default Re: How I attached hooks to bucket--photo

    Put on the pin type because I had it and it fit.

    Might have put on the "weld-on" type but never heard of it. Where do you get these?
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    Default Re: How I attached hooks to bucket--photo

    Sixdogs;

    AWDirect carries the weld on hooks.

    Weld-On Grab Hook - Grade 70 - 1/2" - Mfg# 11-12WGH

    Good luck

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    Default Re: How I attached hooks to bucket--photo

    Quote Originally Posted by sixdogs
    Put on the pin type because I had it and it fit.

    Might have put on the "weld-on" type but never heard of it. Where do you get these?
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    Thanks SimS and have_blue. think I'll keep the remaining ear but have been looking to pick up some USA hooks so I'll toss in a few of the weld-on ears and next time around I'll be good to go. I like them but never knew they existed.
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    Default Re: How I attached hooks to bucket--photo

    Why not just continue using the the ones you are and also leaving the pin with a piece of chain attached to it?
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    Default Re: How I attached hooks to bucket--photo

    Quote Originally Posted by Egon
    Why not just continue using the the ones you are and also leaving the pin with a piece of chain attached to it?

    I plan to. New hooks would be for future things I don't own yet.
    Have lifted thousand of lbs with those hooks many times--i use as a grab hook for the chain-and no probs. I'd say the weld held.
    What I do is connect a chain between the two hooks and keep it sort of tight. Then I have a 3 ft piece with a grab and slip hook on it and I hook the grab hook to the middle of the chain and wrap around a part of what I am picking up. Works great, I'll post a photo whan I get a chance.
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