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    Pallet forks?

    I'm thinking about getting pallet forks. The clamp on type are around $145 and the JD QA are about $500. Has anybody had experience with either? I won't be using them for pallets as much as moving large logs small trees other brush appliances heavy work benches etc. I have moved all of these things quite well with buckets hooks and a chain or ratchet strap but pallet forks seem more convenient. I'm just wandering if they are worth the money?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lhunter View Post
    I'm thinking about getting pallet forks. The clamp on type are around $145 and the JD QA are about $500. Has anybody had experience with either? I won't be using them for pallets as much as moving large logs small trees other brush appliances heavy work benches etc. I have moved all of these things quite well with buckets hooks and a chain or ratchet strap but pallet forks seem more convenient. I'm just wandering if they are worth the money?
    For me, forks were kind of an afterthought, but turned out to be the most useful attachment I own. They spend much more time on my tractor than the bucket. I use them mostly for brush, trees, stumps, and I made an device out of some scrap wood that magnifies the usefulness by a lot. Worth every penny of of the $475 (including shipping) that I paid for them.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Lhunter View Post
    I'm thinking about getting pallet forks. The clamp on type are around $145 and the JD QA are about $500. Has anybody had experience with either? I won't be using them for pallets as much as moving large logs small trees other brush appliances heavy work benches etc. I have moved all of these things quite well with buckets hooks and a chain or ratchet strap but pallet forks seem more convenient. I'm just wandering if they are worth the money?
    I have/ had both the clamp on ones work ok as long as you don't overload them(small brush and such) I have a set of john deere forks and they are awesome and on my tractor all the time
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    Get regular forks, I think you will be happier with them. More money but they will have more lifting power by being closer to the loader and not bend your bucket.
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    This is one of the most talked about topics here on GTT-especially when it comes to attachments.. I suggest you search some for hours of reading!

    I'd stay faaaarrrrr away from clamp ons, you will use decent forks 100 times more than you think you will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    This is one of the most talked about topics here on GTT-especially when it comes to attachments.. I suggest you search some for hours of reading!

    I'd stay faaaarrrrr away from clamp ons, you will use decent forks 100 times more than you think you will.
    Big ditto on the forks!!

    Have a set of 4' JD on mine, as others have said, you will use them more than you think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    This is one of the most talked about topics here on GTT-especially when it comes to attachments.. I suggest you search some for hours of reading!

    I'd stay faaaarrrrr away from clamp ons, you will use decent forks 100 times more than you think you will.
    I'm certain that it's faster and easier to detach/drop my bucket and attach the frame/forks that it would be to try to cobble on some clamp-on forks.
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    ya ever had to sacrifice a good set of vice grips to spool yer window up and down on your pickup? I have.

    If you have, and you were pleased with that setup, then opt for the clamp on forks.



    ****disclaimer: for those that have the clamp on forks and they work well for you, then I am glad. Honest.

    I'm saving my pennies for the Deere AP10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corkpuller View Post
    ya ever had to sacrifice a good set of vice grips to spool yer window up and down on your pickup? I have.

    If you have, and you were pleased with that setup, then opt for the clamp on forks.



    ****disclaimer: for those that have the clamp on forks and they work well for you, then I am glad. Honest.

    I'm saving my pennies for the Deere AP10.




    For the most part I use my grapple more that the bucket or forks, but when I need forks, they are pretty darn handy.
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    Odd Man out

    Visibility is very important with pallet forks if you are indeed using them for pallets or anything that you dont want to put big scratches in. I may be the odd man out here but I just picked up a set of Titan 36" forks with a frame. Others seem to prefer the local brands more but I am fairly impressed with what I was able to get for my money. They came quickly and seem very heavy duty. The visibility around the tractor hood is not great. I imagine trying to use clamp on forks would be nearly impossible to see what you are doing.

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