So I have the 1025R with FEL and also a set of Titan pallet forks. The two most used attachments on my tractor by a far margin to date. If you caught my other recent thread you also know I have a new-to-me 54" snow blade that I am anxiously awaiting the brackets to arrive so I can hook 'em up and start pushing this white stuff around!
All that being said, I can see a winter/summer configuration change (loader to front quick hitch) becoming part of my routine. I have a fairly small shop and am trying to keep the majority of my attachments inside. And my question revolves around moving the pallet forks around when the loader arms aren't attached.
I have two schools of thought so far:
The first would be to build an adapter plate of some type that would allow me to pick up the forks with the 3pt. This would/could, depending on strength and weight, even allow the movement of smaller pallet loads without having to change back over to the loader arms for a 10 minute job. Moving a small palleted amount of split firewood from the tree line up nearer the house is the first thing that comes to mind. But even just being able to move and reposition the pallet forks themselves might become a fairly common occurrence. A side bonus, if the bracket were generic enough, it could be used to move the bucket around as well, independent of the loader arms.
The second option I have mentally considered is to permanently affix the equivalent of 3pt pins to the pallet forks back plate. This would be slightly less useful in that it would not allow the bucket to be utilized. But would likely be more convenient in that it would be available at a moments notice without searching for and affixing an adapter plate. And could be used quite often even while the bucket is in place on the loader arms, allowing the forks and an available pallet to act as a carry all. My mental exercise on this adaptation has been somewhat stalled, I haven't had enough free time to sit and seriously explore all the possible interference and clearance issues invovled in both positions. It seems pretty easy to avoid any interference when using the forks on the 3pt. There isn't a lot back there (full disclosure, I also have the Harbor Fright quick hitch on the rear). Picturing the extended pins in place while the forks are attached to the loader arms is quite a different matter.. There are several cross bars between the loader arms that I need to ensure clear whatever I add to the back of the fork frame.
Just wondering if anyone else has contemplated such an endeavor and how successful you were, or what finally might have made you abandon the idea.
I will of course try to talk pics and update this thread if it moves forward beyond the thought experiment it currently is.