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    Pallet Forks for Moving Boulders & Balled & Burlapped Trees

    I know there are are a million threads on pallet fork length out there but I'm looking for feedback from people who use theirs for these activities. I am torn between the 36" and 42". The 36" is definitely better in the sense that it will keep the weight closer to the tractor, but I have a 2032R and I would guess 95% of the time I will be under the max lift capacity so that isn't a huge issue. I'm more worried about maneuverability and functionality vs. being able to see the forks (I see a lot of people saying they prefer the 42" because otherwise they can't see the tips).

    Of course I will also use them for pallets, but more for boulders (i.e. building retaining walls) and trees (moving them around and planting).

    Any input is greatly appreciated.

    Edit: Should have mentioned, planning on buying the Artillian forks. A grapple and some of the other attachments are also in my future. Once I get the grapple that would likely be used for moving/placing boulders instead but I'm still a little ways off on that.
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    I have 42” forks. I built myself. See sig below if you wanna know more.

    I haven’t one time thought I needed 36”.
    Except for knowing 36” are slightly lighter and shorter which helps with power. I don’t know the actual difference but you should lose a good bit of pickup power at the very tip of the forks.
    My little 1025 is pretty strong. But I seen a big difference when I changed from the loader bucket to the forks.
    I’ve moved some big logs. I had trouble getting them up. But if I could dig under them with the forks and roll the fronts up after the log I could lift them pretty good.

    I have a 1025 also. Not sure the power rating between my tractor and yours. In your case you are saying you won’t exceed your loader really anyway.

    So I’d go with 42” in your case. Like you mentioned I believe the 42” will better suite you for being able to see the ends of the forks good to pick up and set down plants and boulders
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    You can always just position the load closer to the frame with 42" forks so you end up with the same capabilities. I don't see how 36" would be better in any way unless you operate indoors in tight quarters a lot. 42" just gives you more flexibility.

    I know you said you're looking at the Artillian stuff but there are a lot more economical options out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlue View Post
    You can always just position the load closer to the frame with 42" forks so you end up with the same capabilities. I don't see how 36" would be better in any way unless you operate indoors in tight quarters a lot. 42" just gives you more flexibility.

    I know you said you're looking at the Artillian stuff but there are a lot more economical options out there.

    Rob
    I am going to agree with this, if I did it over again I would buy the 42' tines, and I too believe there are more economical choices as long as all you want/need are forks.
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    I have 42" titan forks very happy with them.
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    2 and 3 series, 42" hands down. 1 series can use 36" or 42" ones, and 4 series and larger should use 48" ones.

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    Kenny nailed it. However, with my 4066R and 48 inch forks, I admit I have sometimes wished for longer forks.

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    And just to confirm for you, the forks do work great for moving and planting root-ball trees.





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    Speaking of maneuverability, what are you planning to use for rear ballast while you work with the forks? How far out to the rear will it extend?
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    The shorter forks will be a little better if you are doing mostly landscaping work and they are noticeable if working in tight areas. If you are looking to haul around lots of log piles, the 42" will give you a little more capacity, a minimal amount. The tips of 42" are awfully far out for any kind of leverage.

    For planting trees, I'd recommend getting the Front Hoe Bucket.
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