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    Auto Hydraulic adjustment of fork width on your pallet fork attachment

    Chris,

    I was on Cascade's site and saw this. Is this something that could be added to the Artillian forks? i realize it would add weight but if it truly works and people are adjusting their forks constantly and if they had a 3rd hydraulic function on their FEL then this could be an option that someone might like. I know on Saturday and also today I adjusted my forks probably 6 times or more depending on what I was dealing with from Rocks to piles of wood which I was putting in the trash truck this morning. Of course I don't own a set of Artillian forks but again the idea is intriguing.

    The link is here Cascade Corporation - Sideshifters
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    Quote Originally Posted by robpm View Post
    Chris,

    I was on Cascade's site and saw this. Is this something that could be added to the Artillian forks? i realize it would add weight but if it truly works and people are adjusting their forks constantly and if they had a 3rd hydraulic function on their FEL then this could be an option that someone might like. I know on Saturday and also today I adjusted my forks probably 6 times or more depending on what I was dealing with from Rocks to piles of wood which I was putting in the trash truck this morning. Of course I don't own a set of Artillian forks but again the idea is intriguing.

    The link is here Cascade Corporation - Sideshifters
    This link is for a side shifter that moves both forks left or right a the same time. I think what you would be talking about is a fork positioner that will slide each fork indivugally and you would need a 3rd & 4th funcion for that.
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    Jeff, I thought that I understood it to move both forks close together and further apart at equal distances but I obviously could be wrong. It looked like the hydraulic cylinder worked that way. but I understand what you are saying that this could require two different valve controls.
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    Sideshifter's move the whole carriage left and right, not the forks. Fork positioner's OTOH adjust the forks to different width's.
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    Mechanically, a sideshifter or a positioner can be added to any forklift carriage. It simply takes the place of the forks, and then the forks mount onto it. Sideshifters and positioners are very common on forklifts today and can be found on Craigslist often. However, be prepared. They can make the cost of your set of forks the cheap part. And, they aren't made to be lightweight since they get mounted on forklifts with thousands of pounds of lift.

    I have pondered an economical way to include this functionality. It won't likely be an easy or a quick project but hopefully someday it will be a reality. Thanks for the encouragement!
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    Quote Originally Posted by has15 View Post
    This link is for a side shifter that moves both forks left or right a the same time. I think what you would be talking about is a fork positioner that will slide each fork indivugally and you would need a 3rd & 4th funcion for that.
    Two cylinders that are connected, so no 4th function needed. Problem would be if one fork hung up the easiest to move would move until it's resistance matched the other fork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebrafive View Post
    Two cylinders that are connected, so no 4th function needed. Problem would be if one fork hung up the easiest to move would move until it's resistance matched the other fork.
    You could use a flow divider block, then both would always get equal flow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robpm View Post
    I know on Saturday and also today I adjusted my forks probably 6 times or more depending on what I was dealing with from Rocks to piles of wood which I was putting in the trash truck this morning.
    By the way, there's a trick to adjusting tractor forks more easily. Raise the fork set up about 3-4 ft from the ground then tilt the tips DOWN to about a 45 degree angle so that most of the weight of the fork tine is hanging by its upper clip. At that point, you should be able to just unlock and slide it along with one hand, even with little or no lubrication.

    It works like a charm although for those who have a backrest, watch your head. And of course, never stand under any objects that could potentially drop or fall, such as one of the forks.
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    This brochure from Cascade shows both a shifter and a positioner which can run off of one valve. Interesting stuff.

    http://www.cascorp.com/downloads/links/6089795/$FILE/REVOLUTION-Brochure-USA_web.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by arlen View Post
    You could use a flow divider block, then both would always get equal flow.
    That's probably how they do it. It would be more complicated to have separate valves. I figured there must be a way to do this. Thanks for posting
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