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    which pallet forks to consider

    I want to ask you folks that possess pallet forks for your 1 Family JD how you chose the length forks that you have. I see and read that mostly the lighter weight 36" are often recommended so you don't diminish the lift capacity of the tractor and yet I've seen more than one reference wishing they had bought the 42" apparently claiming the 36" leaves too much unsupported weight of things on a pallet and occasionally things trying to tip off or even breaking the pallet. The price difference isn't out of bounds but is this a valid point since the lift capabilities isn't too tremendous to begin with. I would lean toward the 42" set if y'all agree or just go with the 36" if not. ????
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    To me the difference between the 42” (or 48”) & 36” tines is visibility when trying to slip the forks into things to pick them up-not that the 36” are too short to effectively pick up things. Seeing over the hood and loader is difficult with the shorter forks-it makes you want to stand up out of the seat-and we all know what happens when you do that.

    When you consider weight the lightest frame and fork combo I know of is Artillian with the 3” wide tines. IMHO they’re the best available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by balrog006 View Post
    To me the difference between the 42” (or 48”) & 36” tines is visibility when trying to slip the forks into things to pick them up-not that the 36” are too short to effectively pick up things. Seeing over the hood and loader is difficult with the shorter forks-it makes you want to stand up out of the seat-and we all know what happens when you do that.

    When you consider weight the lightest frame and fork combo I know of is Artillian with the 3” wide tines. IMHO they’re the best available.
    Ahhh Visibility for pick-up. Hadn't considered that. Good call. I'm guessing you're saying the 3" forks are 2300# rated eh? Much more than the 1 Series will lift so should be sufficient, and lighter than the regular 4" forks. Thanks for the reply.
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    I agree with Balrog...visibility. I have 42" and quite often I am leaning left or right or trying to look up to see the tips. It's really not to bad but I wouldn't want 36's for that reason. I've even been contemplating painting the tips yellow for better visibility.
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    I agree with the others, the only reason I wish I had 42" forks would be for visibility, the tips of my 36's are just not easy to see. But since I already have the 36" when I buy another set of tines I will more than likely get 48's . I think, that one is still in the think tank, our 2555 has 48's and man do they stick out there a long ways.
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    I ordered the 36", but they sent the 42". I'm glad they did.

    I understand the JD brand forks are real heavy and not a good choice for a SCUT. Artillians are the lightest and the Titan forks are about 25lbs heavier. I chose the Titans mainly because of cost. Artillians would have cost twice as much - if I lived out east I may have chosen Artillians but the higher initial cost combined with a few hundred bucks to ship just wasn't worth saving 25lbs of weight. Titans also frequently offer ten to twenty percent discounts and free shipping.
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    I am one of those that purchased 36" Artillians and semi regretted not selecting 42".
    Visibility is a slight issue but the ability to reach further into my truck bed and also pick up greater quantities of logs or brush would be nice.


    I later purchased the backrest extension and I highly recommend whatever brand you buy to make sure you get one. They allow larger bundles of material to be safely lifted and carried without the risk of material falling back on the tractor loader arms or hood.


    I do not regret paying for the Artillian, they are brilliant. I will confess to being the type of fool who likes to purchase high quality when I can afford to and thereafter maintain them in good condition.
    More financial astute individuals may opt for paying less for comparable function and I would not dispute their logic.

    Good luck with your purchase, they are absolutely priceless to have on hand for me.

    To add, I have had no trouble with pallet handling at 36" length. I have even brought a few pallets home from work to stack wood on and through in the truck prior to shopping so that when I get home I only have to fork a loaded pallet out of the truck.
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    How often will you be using these? I have a set of the Titan clamp on's. They are awesome.
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    https://www.palletforks.com/clamp-on...-capacity.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff B View Post
    I am one of those that purchased 36" Artillians and semi regretted not selecting 42".
    Visibility is a slight issue but the ability to reach further into my truck bed and also pick up greater quantities of logs or brush would be nice.


    I later purchased the backrest extension and I highly recommend whatever brand you buy to make sure you get one. They allow larger bundles of material to be safely lifted and carried without the risk of material falling back on the tractor loader arms or hood.


    I do not regret paying for the Artillian, they are brilliant. I will confess to being the type of fool who likes to purchase high quality when I can afford to and thereafter maintain them in good condition.
    More financial astute individuals may opt for paying less for comparable function and I would not dispute their logic.

    Good luck with your purchase, they are absolutely priceless to have on hand for me.

    To add, I have had no trouble with pallet handling at 36" length. I have even brought a few pallets home from work to stack wood on and through in the truck prior to shopping so that when I get home I only have to fork a loaded pallet out of the truck.
    I am in same boat as you. Got 36" w/ my Artillians. Absolute great forks but i probably should
    of gotten 42" because of hood visibility.
    The backrest was a great addition as well i agree.
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    Well, I have to be different!! I have 36" forks on my Artillian frame and would not want forks any longer.

    First: seeing the fork tips over the hood. I simply look to the left slightly and I can see the tips fine and of course this only applies when lifting something from grade. When lifting a pallet, you will have the forks separated so you will be able to see one of the forks quite easily by just looking to one side.

    Second: concerning pallet support. I have lift pallets loaded with bags of concrete evenly loaded on the pallet and have never broken a pallet. 36" forks on a 48" pallet is not a problem unless of course the pallet is shot to start with.

    Third: you have to keep in mind, you are going to be using these forks on a 1 series. These tractors are not going to pick the world to start with. The additional length in the front of the tractor, you will notice when maneuvering the tractor around.

    IMHO.. seeing the fork tips is a non-issue for me, because I can see mine by just leaning to the left and I am only 6' tall. The 36" length is of no concern when lifting 48" pallets. Finally, having the additional length hanging out the front of a small tractor when maneuvering is the biggest issue and you will notice the additional length. This was the biggest issue for me and I have not regretted having 36" forks once.

    Now, you have to decided for yourself and I do understand, it is hard to picture a set of forks on a 1 series and what they look like before you have the forks. Before I bought mine, I took two pieces of 2 x 4, one 36" long and one 42" long, slide them in the bucket and c-clamped them to the bottom of the bucket at the width that forks would normally be used at. Then I maneuvered the tractor around to see how noticeable the difference was. I immediately noticed that the extra 6" hanging out the front of the tractor was a bigger issue to me than having to lean to the left to see the end of the 36" piece.
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