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    Default Modify forks for 3PH

    I would like to weld some pins on my FEL forks to pick them up with the 3PH and use this to carry a sap tank in the bush. I have carried a tank on the front (100 gal.) in the past with the forks, but this takes away rear end traction. Also, it is handy to have a loader up there to help out when the mud gets deep. This year we have a 200 gallon (1800 lbs full) gathering tank which would be too much for the forks. I also think I'll get stuck if I put it on wheels, so I thought to try the 3PH. The specs indicate about 2500 lbs of lift capacity, but at how far out? I will be pretty close to that load with a full tank plus the weight of the forks.

    Has anyone done this? Where did you weld your pins and a bracket for the top link?

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    Default Re: Modify forks for 3PH

    tuolumne
    I did that with my JD forks, and pick them up with the iMatch.
    Welded two vertical plates at the top to take a pin, and just a round bar across the bottom for the lower hooks to engage. Works slick (as long as I set it off on a pallet as I cannot reach the forks if on the ground)
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    Default Re: Modify forks for 3PH

    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    tuolumne
    I did that with my JD forks, and pick them up with the iMatch.
    Welded to vertical plates at the top to take a pin, and just a round bar across the bottom for the lower hooks to engage. Works slick (as long as I set it off on a pallet as I cannot reach the forks if on the ground)
    I like that. I here ya about the lack of reach with the 3PH.
    Working to increase the scope of the small tractor experience, one quick attach at a time.

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    Default Re: Modify forks for 3PH

    I think lift capacity of the 3pt hitch is rated a std distance from the hookup pins. 24" comes to mind.
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    Default Re: Modify forks for 3PH

    Well, here is what I came up with. I did a test run today with a woods crate we built. That is 40 cubic feet of green sugar maple, which must run upwards of 1600 lbs. With the riders, forks, pallet, chainsaws, logging chains, mauls etc. the total weight is over 2000 for sure. This was a very heavy lift and the hydraulics were whining a bit to take it to full height. The good news is that this is more weight than the sap tank will be so we're in good shape. The center of that load of firewood is about 24" beyond the ends of the lift arms. Is this where the rated load is?

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    Default Re: Modify forks for 3PH

    You may need to keep a load in the grapple to maintain steerage in the bush....

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    Default Re: Modify forks for 3PH

    Quote Originally Posted by pat32rf View Post
    You may need to keep a load in the grapple to maintain steerage in the bush....
    Agreed. I would not want to drive on level terrain with the 3PH maxed and no load in the front. The front end felt different even with the load. I do not intend to put that much wood on the rear again...this was a test for my welds and such.

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    Default Re: Modify forks for 3PH

    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    tuolumne
    I did that with my JD forks, and pick them up with the iMatch.
    Welded two vertical plates at the top to take a pin, and just a round bar across the bottom for the lower hooks to engage. Works slick (as long as I set it off on a pallet as I cannot reach the forks if on the ground)
    Alright..! Double duty forks! Great idea!

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    Default Re: Modify forks for 3PH

    Quote Originally Posted by tuolumne View Post
    Well, here is what I came up with. I did a test run today with a woods crate we built. That is 40 cubic feet of green sugar maple, which must run upwards of 1600 lbs. With the riders, forks, pallet, chainsaws, logging chains, mauls etc. the total weight is over 2000 for sure. This was a very heavy lift and the hydraulics were whining a bit to take it to full height. The good news is that this is more weight than the sap tank will be so we're in good shape. The center of that load of firewood is about 24" beyond the ends of the lift arms. Is this where the rated load is?

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    Good job! That's a real fine "logging crib" you've built as well! Got a good crew there, too!

    Those rear chains are the "real deal" as well!!!

    Is the wood needed to boil the syrup down?

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    Default Re: Modify forks for 3PH

    Welcome back, I was just re reading your thread the other day. Looks like the Deere is still serving you well. You should update your other thread so we can see how the project came out.

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