Bucket hooks

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dkmc

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There are 'companies' selling these bucket hook attachments on Facebook with 'fab shop/ weld shop' sounding names. What they sell look identical
to the product sold on Vevor, made in China


Really has me skeptical but the facebook 'companies' claim Made in USA, claim the 'forged' hooks are made in USA, etc.
Are these fake usa companies just selling the China products at a 300% markup?
 
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Really has me skeptical but the facebook 'companies' claim Made in USA, claim the 'forged' hooks are made in USA, etc.
Are these fake usa companies just selling the China products at a 300% markup?
Well, it is Facebook so......... To be fair though, that design is not exactly revolutionary and all of the components are readily available. It's not implausible that they're making something like that in the US.
 
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Most of you have light gage material buckets, not heavy duty (double sheet) excavation buckets (though your dealer probably had them as an option), Kubota does I know.

The problem is, with a light gage bucket you need to use Kenny's bolt on or weld on hooks, and place them as close to or in line with the location of the bucket cylinders to mitigate bending of the upper lip of the bucket, itself. In lieu of that, you can buy just the forged hooks from many sources online or local hardware store and weld them on yourself, if you have a welder of sufficient amperage and have that skill as well, but again, place the hooks inline with the bucket cylinders, NOT in the middle of the bucket because in the middle of the bucket (if it's not a heavy duty bucket where placement of the hooks don't matter. If I need to lift something I just put a chain around the bucket and use that. I have NO hooks on any of my buckets, never have and I have multiple buckets bit excavation (double sheet) and material buckets (single sheet).
 
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Most of you have light gage material buckets, not heavy duty (double sheet) excavation buckets (though your dealer probably had them as an option), Kubota does I know.
I'm not sure I know what you mean by "double sheet"? To what does that refer?
 
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You get what you pay for.... VEVOR products are cheap entry level onto marketplace product made in India or Pakistan.... Not impressed with their quality....
 
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There are 'companies' selling these bucket hook attachments on Facebook with 'fab shop/ weld shop' sounding names. What they sell look identical
to the product sold on Vevor, made in China


Really has me skeptical but the facebook 'companies' claim Made in USA, claim the 'forged' hooks are made in USA, etc.
Are these fake usa companies just selling the China products at a 300% markup?
I don't deal with FB companies. If they don't have a real website or a local storefront, no money from me.
 
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So.... bought my bolt on bucket hooks at the Kubota dealer. They are cast iron. Made in Korea I think. I've used them for six or eight years and they haven't broken yet. I sling a chain - side to side and under the bucket - when I plan to lift something heavy. Paid about $8.50 per hook.

Held on the bucket with four - grade 8 - 1/2" bolts.
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Most of you have light gage material buckets, not heavy duty (double sheet) excavation buckets (though your dealer probably had them as an option), Kubota does I know.

The problem is, with a light gage bucket you need to use Kenny's bolt on or weld on hooks, and place them as close to or in line with the location of the bucket cylinders to mitigate bending of the upper lip of the bucket, itself. In lieu of that, you can buy just the forged hooks from many sources online or local hardware store and weld them on yourself, if you have a welder of sufficient amperage and have that skill as well, but again, place the hooks inline with the bucket cylinders, NOT in the middle of the bucket because in the middle of the bucket (if it's not a heavy duty bucket where placement of the hooks don't matter. If I need to lift something I just put a chain around the bucket and use that. I have NO hooks on any of my buckets, never have and I have multiple buckets bit excavation (double sheet) and material buckets (single sheet).

I bought some of the forged weld-on hooks on Ebay due to constant frustration of no anchor points or place to hook a chain on the bucket. I think the hooks were like $4 each. They sat for a couple years till last month when I got frustrated again for the umpteenth time. So after I found them....I spent 20 minutes welding 1 on each front corner inside the bucket. "Game changer" for sure. I considered the top surface of the bucket, but it seemed so thin, I didn't think it was a good idea. Discretion is the key to using a modern tractor with loader attachment, not much room for overloading.
 
 
 
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