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    A Thumb for my Forks

    The last time I moved tree branches with my tractor, the forks sorta helped by carrying some of them. But I knew that being able to clamp them down would be a big improvement. But the cost of a true grapple just didn't make sense for the occasional use that they would get. So I took a chance that the 'Thumb' offered by Greens-Machine.com would give me what I wanted. The project of removing a couple of trees on our property gave me the excuse that I needed to move beyond just thinking about it.
    The Greens-Machine website really focuses on mounting their thumb onto buckets. And I'm sure that it works well for improving the usefulness of buckets. But I felt that using their thumb with forks would offer more capacity and easier manipulation of the load, as well as better visibility.
    My forks are different than most, since they were fabricated by a local welding shop. So my installation was extremely simple. I just drilled 4 holes in the upper box section frame of the forks and bolted the base of the thumb to it. I already had 2 x 1/4" hoses set up for angling the loader-mounted snow plow, so I used those hoses which run from the rear hydraulic outlets to the front. (The photos show the hoses in a very temporary routing setup). Although Greens-Machines' kit includes a couple of orifices, I found that I didn't need to use them; the open and close speed are about right.
    I've only used the thumb once, and it worked great.
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    That's a great idea.Much cheaper then a grapple bucket.
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    Neb contacted me when he saw my posting and thoughts about the various grapples. For me, the biggest issue is the 1 series lift limits can't be consumed by a 400 pound plus grapple. Plus I don't want to have a bunch of money tied up in an implement I use a couple of times a year. If I was on a larger tractor, frankly the issue would be much simpler ( or so I seem to think) because the weight of the grapple itself wouldn't be quite a critical as it is on the 1 series..

    Neb and I have been talking in PM's and email about Grapples, Diverter valves, etc. He directed me to the website where he got the thumb but he hadn't actually mentioned he had put his new thumb on the pallet forks. I saw a photo of a thumb on a set of forks and said "Ah Hah...." and then he shared with me that is how he set his pallet forks up. Great minds do think alike.........

    Personally, I REALLY like this idea and solution. My grapple is going to be an occasional use item as are my pallet forks and frankly, I can see them working together to achieve my desired uses ideally. Plus, it's a very cost effective solution. Even better is NEB has actually built the set up and it works exactly like I want it to.

    I don't need a rock bucket and my main uses of the grapple are going to be cleaning up downed limbs, debris, etc. I am excited about this approach. I am just waiting for my new stuff to arrive as I can't measure or really do anything quite yet........

    So a big THANK YOU to NEB for contacting me about this idea and sharing the website with me. Also, Kenny has been following my "discussion" on the Grapple and Diverter questions and issues and Kenny has been very helpful with his insight and prompt responses.

    What a truly great group of people we have on GTT........
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    Very Cool!

    I have one of the Green's Machine Thumbs on my bucket and love it. I've been thinking about setting up a bracket to mount on my Artillian frame with the forks too. Trouble is - I fabricate better in my mind than I'm actually capable of doing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    Very Cool!

    I have one of the Green's Machine Thumbs on my bucket and love it. I've been thinking about setting up a bracket to mount on my Artillian frame with the forks too. Trouble is - I fabricate better in my mind than I'm actually capable of doing!
    I'm not sure what your Artillian frame looks like but here is an installation on a Titan frame:
    http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...erter-val.html

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    Piranha tooth bar
    Ken's Hooks
    5' box blade
    Forks
    Greens-Machine 'thumb'
    Titan 42" forks
    7.5 foot Meyer truck plow, loader mounted w/Ken's crossover relief valve
    72" 7 iron mid mounted deck
    Kubota post auger
    X485 with 62" deck and Ken's seat spring upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    Very Cool!

    I have one of the Green's Machine Thumbs on my bucket and love it. I've been thinking about setting up a bracket to mount on my Artillian frame with the forks too. Trouble is - I fabricate better in my mind than I'm actually capable of doing!
    Do you have a picture of that on here? The thumb on your bucket
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    Quote Originally Posted by wentonbrown View Post
    Do you have a picture of that on here? The thumb on your bucket
    While we're on that thought, I wondered about using the thumb on a bucket, but with something like the clamp-on forks. It seems like you could pick up a lot more that way. Even bucket teeth would provide some additional capacity over a bare edge.

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    Piranha tooth bar
    Ken's Hooks
    5' box blade
    Forks
    Greens-Machine 'thumb'
    Titan 42" forks
    7.5 foot Meyer truck plow, loader mounted w/Ken's crossover relief valve
    72" 7 iron mid mounted deck
    Kubota post auger
    X485 with 62" deck and Ken's seat spring upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by wentonbrown View Post
    Do you have a picture of that on here? The thumb on your bucket
    I'll post one tomorrow when I'm on my real computer.
    '05 JD 3520 Open Station w/ 300CX FEL
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    My next purchase. That is sweet!
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