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  1. #11
    Gold Member Just2quickz28's Avatar
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    Default Re: Clamp-on bucket forks on a Bx --- Worthwhile?

    Well I have an ATI quick attach on my BX (they are no longer in production) allows me to drop my bucket in minutes.
    Matt

    BX 24
    LA240 FEL, BT601 Backhoe, 54'' MMM, Patu DC 40 Chipper, 5ft LandScape Rake, FEL Snow Plow, ATI FEL Quick Attach, TracVac with QA mower boot, WorkSaver Post Hole Digger, 50$ 4ft Grader Blade

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Clamp-on bucket forks on a Bx --- Worthwhile?

    Quote Originally Posted by radioman View Post
    I have used 2by4s 4 ft long to use as forks. It works as light duty moving like brush or couple peices of plywood or few bundles of shingles on forks for higer reach to roof. I ended up making metal forks from old sign posts clamped together with bolts and was able to move my tiller and BH with it.
    These are nice for quick easy light duty stuff.



    Tractors 2003 Kubota BX1500 / 2004 Kubota Bx23 / 2005 Kubota BX1500.
    Attachments 60'' Front Blade/48'' Rear Tiller/FEL/Back Hoe /
    60'' MMM/Clamp on Forks/48'' MMM
    South of Canton Ohio L .B

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    Default Re: Clamp-on bucket forks on a Bx --- Worthwhile?

    Quote Originally Posted by pintodeluxe View Post
    I really don't need to move much weight. A couple hundred pounds for moving around my implements etc. I don't want three point forks, because that would mean removing the bagger on my Bx2230 to use the forks. I love the idea of clamp on or quick attach bucket forks for occasional use. My loader will lift 700-800# in the bucket, so I would guess it would have a 200-300# capacity on the forks. I had looked at the Bxpanded forks initially, and thought the fork construction looked a little flimsy. Maybe it was just because the forks pivot, and it is actually stronger than it looks. I do like how they attach to the top of the bucket. The bucket steel is rolled here, and it's a stronger attachment point - less likely to damage the bucket. Bxpanded also makes the point that their forks won't pivot sideways like clamp-on forks can. The price of $300 seems reasonable.
    Thanks for the tip,
    Willie
    I like my paines clamp on forks very well.
    Tractors 2003 Kubota BX1500 / 2004 Kubota Bx23 / 2005 Kubota BX1500.
    Attachments 60'' Front Blade/48'' Rear Tiller/FEL/Back Hoe /
    60'' MMM/Clamp on Forks/48'' MMM
    South of Canton Ohio L .B

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    Default Re: Clamp-on bucket forks on a Bx --- Worthwhile?

    Quote Originally Posted by radioman View Post
    I have used 2by4s 4 ft long to use as forks. It works as light duty moving like brush or couple peices of plywood or few bundles of shingles on forks for higer reach to roof. I ended up making metal forks from old sign posts clamped together with bolts and was able to move my tiller and BH with it.


    My lite duties,
    Tractors 2003 Kubota BX1500 / 2004 Kubota Bx23 / 2005 Kubota BX1500.
    Attachments 60'' Front Blade/48'' Rear Tiller/FEL/Back Hoe /
    60'' MMM/Clamp on Forks/48'' MMM
    South of Canton Ohio L .B

  5. #15
    Platinum Member Firefighter Kubota's Avatar
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    Default Re: Clamp-on bucket forks on a Bx --- Worthwhile?

    I bought my forks for my B series from a local Ebayer. Ther are over a 1000# rating and are 42" long...

    Its not the weight I needed to lift but the convenence of large bulky items, Pipes, long logs, a compressor on a pallet etc...

    Well worth the $200 I paid BUT...

    Clamps along flex the bucket bottom and are "bouncy" when moving around...Mine were designed with a place to seruce chains to bind to my lifting hooks on the top of the bucket....

    MUCH more secure , no flex or bounce, and the forks don't "slide / twist" in the bucket at the clamp point...

    I'm glad I have them, you will too..

    here is his link...

    42" Useable Length Clamp & Chain on Loader Bucket Forks - eBay (item 160330823938 end time May-25-09 06:29:33 PDT)




    Keywords: kubota Bx1500 Bx1800 Bx1830 Bx1850 Bx1860 Bx22 Bx2200 Bx2230 Bx2250 Bx 2260 Bx23 Bx24 Bx25 Bx2660[/quote]
    B 7510

    FEL 302, Rear remotes, Hydraulic Toplink, Blockheater, 60" MMM, Pats easy change, 54" Puma 3pt Snowblower w Hydraulic chute controls, 6' York rake, 5' grader blade, Powerhorse Log splitter, 6.5 ft Western plow, 3 pt 2" trailer reciever, Bucket forks, "Thumb" grapple, Loaded Turfs, Carver wear blade, 40 AMP alternator, Stereo, AND A CUP HOLDER!

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  6. #16
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    Default Re: Clamp-on bucket forks on a Bx --- Worthwhile?

    I have the BXpanded ( bxpanded.com) forks for use on my BX2230 and they work well. They are made from square tubing and are rated for use on the BX tractors. They are light weight so they don't take away from what lift capacity you will have when adding the forks, really easy on/off and don't slide around or tip sideways. I leave the brackets on and just un-pin the forks when I don't need them which is a simple few second job.

    I also have a couple of their chain hooks and they also work really well.

    Lift capacity of my BX2230 at rated psi of 1850 (factory set) is not very good but it is probably within their specs. I tried lifting a 600 pound pallet of dog food and it wouldn't budge. As I was in a hurry, and it was raining, I moved the food by hand so I can't tell you how much it will lift on the pallet. I guessing about 300 pounds though.

    I'm in the process of boosting the system pressure to 1967 psi (.1 and .2 shim; a .4 puts it at 2006 psi) for a little added oomph and maybe a little added lift capacity.

    When using forks or carring anything heavy (damp compost, sand, etc.) make sure you have something to counterbalance the weight on the rear. I put a few to many rocks in the bucket today for my wife and without the counterbalance weight I had no traction on the rear (read - tires off ground) so I had to dump the rocks and go get the counterbalance I made.
    Phil DeGruy

    BX2230, FEL, 60" MMM, BXpanded Forks, Hooks, WR Long FTB, Homemade weight box

  7. #17
    Platinum Member jas67's Avatar
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    Default Re: Clamp-on bucket forks on a Bx --- Worthwhile?

    Regarding moving firewood on pallets, my solution was to cut my pallets in half, and make racks out of them 4 feet high. This way, the load is centered about 12" from the near end of the fork, instead of 20-24" that I would get with a full pallet. I estimate each of these weighs 600-700 lbs full of freshly cut (non-dried) oak.

    The rear fork makes my B7100 MUCH easier to steer than putting the load on the front (I have front pin-on forks too), and is also MUCH easier on the lawn, as it puts this load on the much larger rear tires (this would apply to your BX too).


    '05 B7610 w/ LA352 FEL
    Everything Attachments Pin-on Pallet Forks, home-made FEL quick attach to swap between these forks and the bucket, Dual rear remotes, CCM Top-N-Tilt, Woods SB60 snowblower, 66" United box blade, 60" back blade (cheapo, old and rusty), 60" KK rake, Woods PHD w/ 9" auger, Yanmar RS1303 3pt tiller, Kubota Ballast box (came with the tractor), Farm Force Carry All.
    '9? G1800S, 48" MMM. 70's Troy Bilt Horse tiller with new 6.5HP briggs engine.

    The means justify the ends.

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Clamp-on bucket forks on a Bx --- Worthwhile?

    Ebay vendor GroundWorks makes excellent forks for $195 including shipping. I bought a set for moving logs with my BX24 and am very impressed with the quality construction and perfect welds. Fully enclosed 2x4 square tube. A great deal. nfi.

    tractor bucket loader forks skid brush debris logger. - eBay (item 220415569911 end time May-22-09 12:45:26 PDT)
    Last edited by PeterK; 05-20-2009 at 10:35 PM.

  9. #19
    Silver Member BXinNH's Avatar
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    Default Re: Clamp-on bucket forks on a Bx --- Worthwhile?

    I recently picked up a pair of the BXpanded forks for my BX. I love them. They are so handy for moving large bulky items, logs, brush, whatever. I'm not sure either how much weight the BX will lift on a pallet. It's not a lot but it's a lot more than I can pick up myself. I also made up some hooks that fit right on the fork mounts. I've had some pretty heavy loads on the forks with no indications of bending the bucket.

    Matt.
    Kubota BX24 TLB, Loaded R4s, Wallenstein Thumb, Kubota FEL Q/A, Kubota Pallet Forks

  10. #20
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    Default Re: Clamp-on bucket forks on a Bx --- Worthwhile?

    I have a set of Paynes for my B7510. They really mess up the bottom of the bucket from the bolts that compress them to the bucket.

    I am thinking of trading them in with the B7510 and betting the BXpanded ones. The length of my Paynes will be too much for my new BX2660, and I don't need destroying the bucket. Maybe I'd be better of selling them locally.

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