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    Default Bucket Forks Project

    I built a pair of bucket forks for the JD 2305 this weekend. They are in a rough finish state, I still need to grind, buff, and paint them this week. I built them out of materials I had laying around. The forks are 2"x2"x3/16" square tubing. The clamps are grade 5 bolts 3/4" diameter by 6" long. I also used some 3/4" rod, 3/16" and 5/16" plate.

    The good and bad thing is that these things are heavy.

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    Default Re: Bucket Forks Project

    The bucket forks in the picture appear to be different lengths. I ran back to the shed and re-measured just to be sure I didn't screw up.

    Must be a camera perspective thing.

    They are both 48" end to end.
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    Default Re: Bucket Forks Project

    Might I suggest that you add some gussets where the two pieces join? Sure would beef up the welded area.
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    Default Re: Bucket Forks Project

    Let us know how it works out for you. Good luck.
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    Default Re: Bucket Forks Project

    Quote Originally Posted by bobodu
    Might I suggest that you add some gussets where the two pieces join? Sure would beef up the welded area.
    I built these similar to the Paynes forks. I have about 16 penetrating beads 2" long per side joining the two tubes with a 1/2" plate spacer between. All pieces tied together.

    By gussets, are you thinking of plates welded to the sides tying both tubes together?
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    King Kutter XB 4ft rotary cutter
    Armstrong Ag 4ft. Box Blade
    King Kutter XB 5ft. Grader Blade
    Ag Meier Post hole digger
    King Kutter XB Middle Buster
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    Default Re: Bucket Forks Project

    Here are pics of the Paynes forks I loosely modeled mine after.



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    Armstrong Ag 4ft. Box Blade
    King Kutter XB 5ft. Grader Blade
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    Default Re: Bucket Forks Project

    Quote Originally Posted by cdhd2001
    By gussets, are you thinking of plates welded to the sides tying both tubes together?
    Exactly.Since the bolt would be trying to spread them apart and the weight of a load...it might be a good idea.Plus they're kinda fun to weld on.
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    Default Re: Bucket Forks Project

    Quote Originally Posted by bobodu
    Exactly.Since the bolt would be trying to spread them apart and the weight of a load...it might be a good idea.Plus they're kinda fun to weld on.
    I might still add the gussets. But, I still think I have more weld holding my forks together than the above pictures of a commercially made set of bucket forks.

    I will take some better pics tonight after I do some grinding.
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    King Kutter XB 4ft rotary cutter
    Armstrong Ag 4ft. Box Blade
    King Kutter XB 5ft. Grader Blade
    Ag Meier Post hole digger
    King Kutter XB Middle Buster
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    Default Re: Bucket Forks Project

    I like the forks, but even with bigger commercial ones I have used, I hate the way that they won't stay "pointing forward" if you bump them sideways at all. I always thought that if I made some like this, I would weld some sort of bar between them (or maybe bolt them) so they would not rack.

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    Default Re: Bucket Forks Project

    Here are some better pics of the forks welded areas. Getting dark when I took the photos and the flash blurred out some of the detail (again )



    John Deere 2520 with 200cX FEL & 47 BH

    King Kutter XB 4ft rotary cutter
    Armstrong Ag 4ft. Box Blade
    King Kutter XB 5ft. Grader Blade
    Ag Meier Post hole digger
    King Kutter XB Middle Buster
    Bucket Forks

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