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    Forks Usage in a Year

    I bought my forks for xmas last year. I think I have actually used the forks 5 times and the receiver hitch once or twice.

    In retrospect one of the $500 options probably would have been just fine for me.

    Maybe in the future will get more use, this past year I have been doing a ton of landscaping/dirt work.

    Even thought they are quick attach, still need to dig them out of the shed, not light enough just to pick up by hand when the forks are mounted on the frame etc... A dolly would help that situation though.
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    It varies for me. It really depends on the job. For a while I was using the forks weekly. Most recently it's been the bucket. For some lifting jobs with chains or straps the forks allow me to lift the load higher compared to the hooks on the bucket.

    It definitely helps to have some type of dolly. I have one of the older style Artillian dollies and it makes rolling them around the garage a snap.

    You can easily make something similar using some box channel and bolt-on casters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duwem View Post
    I bought my forks for xmas last year. I think I have actually used the forks 5 times and the receiver hitch once or twice.
    The same can be said about virtually any accessory,,,

    I have a grader box that was used to divert a wet weather spring more over the last three years than on a tractor,,

    My flail mower gets max 8 hours use per year,,,

    BUT,, if you did not have them when needed,, you may have an awful sore back,,,
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    My most used attachment, one of the reasons for that would be how quickly they go on. All my attachments except the snow blower sit outside 365, I don't have to worry about gokarts just yard space.
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    I use mine daily to weekly.

    They are great for brush cleanup but typically if I can get it on a skid of MENARDS that’s what I do. If I am doing cement work and get bags have them put us get on with 15 more bags then I think I will need and no matter what I use I just load the skid back in and go back with the extras. Get my water softener salt on the skid, mulch and anything else I can.

    Most of my attachments go on skids as well it just makes them easy to move around.
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    My forks stay attached and my bucket is what gets used a few times a year....I wouldn't want to be without either
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    My forks are on almost as much as the bucket is.
    I spent a hair over $300. They weigh slightly more than the Artillian, if my scale is accurate and Artillians weights are accurate.

    Regardless of use vs cost, I think we all buy what we feel is the best investment for us. Some of us arent willing to spend a ton on an attachment while others are, while us titewads will spend money on other stuff that the big spenders wont, reversing the narrative.

    6 of one, a half-dozen of the other.

    Next year you may just use them a ton.
    Kinda like a snowblower in Indiana. Some Winters it just sits. Others I wouldnt be without one.
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    I'm glad that this thread popped up. Clamp-on forks are on my wish list for next spring. I've got some logs to move, brush piles to rearrange/burn, and I've long thought that some quality clamp on bucket forks would be most useful in my operation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaJim View Post
    My forks are on almost as much as the bucket is.
    I spent a hair over $300. They weigh slightly more than the Artillian, if my scale is accurate and Artillians weights are accurate.

    Regardless of use vs cost, I think we all buy what we feel is the best investment for us. Some of us arent willing to spend a ton on an attachment while others are, while us titewads will spend money on other stuff that the big spenders wont, reversing the narrative.

    6 of one, a half-dozen of the other.

    Next year you may just use them a ton.
    Kinda like a snowblower in Indiana. Some Winters it just sits. Others I wouldnt be without one.
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    Although they were really handy and come off in seconds nd take up no room, I bent the front cutting edge of my bucket with clamp on forks moving a pallet of sod....one of the reason I went with a full set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    The same can be said about virtually any accessory,,,

    I have a grader box that was used to divert a wet weather spring more over the last three years than on a tractor,,

    My flail mower gets max 8 hours use per year,,,

    BUT,, if you did not have them when needed,, you may have an awful sore back,,,
    I'm with CAD, I use my forks when I need them, use my fork frame with round bale spear just as much as the forks. But I have a tiller that only sees maybe 5-8 hours per year but wouldn't be without that, and that cost a lot more than pallet forks.
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